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  2. I'd be consulting your lap band doctor. 7 years is about the life span for the lap band. Seems patients start having issues with the band and opt to switch to the sleeve. Get it checked out ASAP.
  3. My lap band port has been hurting for quite a few years I fed it for 7 years. It is very tender to touchThe port
  4. Hi All, Wow it has been a long time since I have posted or even read anything in this forum! But I am back for better or worse. I was banded in 2008 at OCC and had what I considered to be great success with my band and it was life changing. I always knew this day would come and have been preparing for it since the beginning of my banded life. Over the last year I have slowly been gaining weight back and have developed some health issues. In May I visited OCC again, my first time since 2008, and had my band checked. It was unfilled and I hoped it would be enough to fix my issues but it has been determined it is time to remove my band. I AM TERRIFIED! Just unfilled I am so hungry again. I don't completely understand how the sleeve works but I have decided to have the band removed and get a sleeve at the same time, hopefully. This will happen July 17, 2019. I keep telling myself that if i just follow all the rules and directions like i did with my band I will be ok and i will lose the weight I have regained but I cant even follow the pre-op diet! I am so afraid of returning to my old habits and unhealthy weight. Any suggestions would be helpful. I am not even sure where to get help on this forum any more.
  5. stormy

    Stormys Journey

    My journey from fat to thin, with support from my friends
  6. I got my band a long time ago and I haven't been on this site for a long time I've been using my band but the problem is I think I'm due for a full. here's the issue even though I'm holding my weight steady if I get another fill I won't be able to get the phlegm down. I end up throwing up. When I got my band I was 275 I think but I'm still 201 and I'm frustrated. I don't over eat but some times I don't eat at all. That's not good. I think I may have her put just a little bit in but the phelm is very thick. Does anyone take something for phelm to get it down. My goal is 170 I'm so close any advise would help thanks.
  7. Hey ya'll l! Fairly new here. Got approved for surgery but haven't set a date yet. Trying to get things in order first. However, I came across info about using a Smart Scale and syncing OCC to it so they can receive the info automatically. Does anyone do this? What scale is recommended? I'm so anxious to start this journey!!!
  8. Had a gastric plication April 2011 had a replication June 2018 due to some weight regain really haven’t lost any more weight getting discouraged 

  9. Smem826, I had to understand that it wasn't the diets that failed it was me, my decision. However, the many diets shows your determination to want to change, but that's not enough. Your mind has to be ready. Because this surgery can be added to your list has another failed attempt to another solution to weight loss. It's like going cold turkey. You have to give up something you love, make you feel good, comfort you etc. I believe you can do it, but make sure your mind is ready and stay connected.
  10. Hi Smem826, I am just starting my pre-op diet. I am not on complete liquid until my 2-weeks prior to surgery. I'm 5"10 I my weight is 330.00, however because of my height I don't look as heavy as I am.
  11. Hi my name is Rhonda and with serious consideration, I start my gastric sleeve journey on April 10th. I am very excited about so many things to come. I feel at ease knowing that Dr. A. Ortiz is my doctor for the start of my journey. I am looking forward to meeting and having a life long relationship of encouragement for everyone.
  12. Congrats go to the OCC for recently receiving their re-certification. JCI certification confirmation 2019.pdf
  13. Hey there! I have been researching for months on the sleeve. I have decided to go with OCC and came across The OCC App. I am looking for some reviews on it. How does it help with your weight loss? Do you feel you have lost more/maintained better and or easier because of the app? Tell me everything! I am so excited to get surgery and can't wait to show before and after pics! Thanks guys!
  14. I have met all of my insurance criteria of yesterday. This took me seven months to do and I'm happy this is behind me. Next I will get a surgical consult and I hope scedule my procedure to be done. Crossing fingers in April of 2019.
  15. I hate to tell you this, but 99.99% of the patients that need plastics to remove their excess skin will be denied by their insurance providers. Cosmetic surgery is considered an elective surgery. It really depends on your insurer and your doctor. If you and your doctor can build a case to show that the excess skin is causing you all kinds of health issues, you might get it done. Good luck.
  16. I have really good insurance railroaders but my guess is that insurance wont cover my skin removal? Did your's cover any of your skin removal?
  17. Burke

    One Year later

    I'm almost done with my credentialing for my bariatric sleeve. I'm lookng at March or April for my surgery. May I ask if you had any skin removal done? I do think about my skin after the procedure often. Any tips or thoughts on that? Thank you. Vicky Congrats
  18. Burke

    new me

    What did you pick for your first meal. And great job!
  19. BlueOcean

    Failed sleeve

    I'm afraid All bariatric procedures require a lot of work on OUR part. The procedure itself does not do all the work. It would be best if you would see your surgeon and talk openly and honestly about what has been going on since your 2014 surgery. You did very well at first, but then something changed. Don't give up - you do have options. Your surgeon is the only one who can evaluate all this and suggest the path to take. Jimmie
  20. Will be thinking good thoughts for you for tomorrow! HoopDawg77!!
  21. Sorry, but 99.99% of the gastric sleeve patients on this forum are self pay. You are in what we call "insurance hell" for weight loss surgery patients. If you're an insurance patient in the USA, you're not going to find much information here concerning the insurance hoops and requirements that may pertain to you. Here's some food for thought, there have been numerous patients that had insurance but still chose the OCC for their surgery and were self pay. Many found out that with all the insurance hoops and other requirements, plus their portion of the deductible and co-pay, the OCC and its award winning bariatric program was a better choice. www.obesitycontrolcenter.com
  22. Do I have hoops to jump after I have met all of my requirements for my insurance for the gastric sleeve? I hear all of these people saying that they had to take off much more weight then my insurance required. Many took classes? Does St. Mark's program start after my insurance requirements are met? This has been a six month time frame to reach this point? I could use a buddy locally that can talk to me about their experience with the sleeve.
  23. Sleeved

    Failed sleeve

    Ok so I have a question I have had the sleeve surgery in 2014 I lost 70 an has since gained it all back. I dont believe my sleeve was done the wright way. I am now 360. An I am wondering if a bypass would give better results. Please answer this.
  24. Thanks, NurseMom. I hope your surgery goes well! I will go get on that FB group. I had forgotten about that! Happy New Year!
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