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  1. Howdy, My port bulges out also and has done so right from the start. I knew immediately it needed buried deeper in my abdomen. Dr. Ortiz assured me it would not show after I lost weight, but I knew it would still show. I have lost 57 lbs now, and yes it still shows. Bugs the heck out of me. Dr Ortiz did say he would bury it deeper for free. However, I am going to eventually have a tummy tuck, and the plastic surgeon said he would do it then. No sense for me to make another trip to Mexico, but that option is still available. Good luck on the weight loss. bbuck
  2. What good suggestions you have made for a FILL. I may have avoided a very unpleasant fill if I had paid more attention to what my body was telling me. I had my 2nd fill and all was well. I had another appointment in Tijuana the same day, and remained ok. It wasn't until I was on the trolley heading back to San Diego that I started having swallowing problems, but they were very subtle. The swallowing problem eventually developed into not being able to swallow at all, and I was having severe pain. I was extremely miserable. I could not get ahold of the doctor either. I wasn't better that night until I vomited up everything that was in my stomach. I made it back to the clinic the next day for an unfill, and things were better. I then came back home to Seattle. But I began having those subtle swallowing feelings again. This developed to the inability to swallow much, and was vomiting frequently. I had 2 more unfills up here locally. Things are better now, but I was so discouraged. Everything had been perfect prior to this. I guess I would also recommend to folks to hang around Tijuana for an extra day and watch for SUBTLE swallowing problems. I wouldn't want anyone to have to experience what I went through. Thanks for listening. bbuck
  3. Hi, keep your medications in their original prescription bottles always, and never put them in your suitcase. Carry them on you. If flying, they could get lost. The border patrol won't question them if their in the original containers. Don't put anything extra in the bottles. Coming into the USA, same story. I've never had any problems and have crossed the border numerous times; both the Mexican and Canadian Borders. bbuck
  4. Hi, keep your medications in their original prescription bottles always, and never put them in your suitcase. Carry them on you. If flying, they could get lost. The border patrol won't question them if their in the original containers. Don't put anything extra in the bottles. Coming into the USA, same story. I've never had any problems and have crossed the border numerous times; both the Mexican and Canadian Borders. bbuck
  5. Hi, before I had my surgery and went on liquids, I decided to take the word DIET out of my vocabulary. I have made a lifestyle change. It may sound silly to some, but it works for me. Try to keep a positive attitude, and try not to worry about the surgery. It really is a breeze. Good luck. bbuck
  6. Hi AussieinOregon, I also am on a bunch of medications and was worried about whether I would have problems taking them. I had my lap band done in October and to this point I have not. The only precaution I have taken, is to cut my multivit/mineral in half because it is a huge pill. You should NEVER split a slow release tablet EVER, no matter what it is. Simply put, once you change the integrity of the pill by splitting or crushing it, you would receive the whole dose all at once. With some medications, this could be very dangerous. I am a nurse, and this is a big NO-NO. But, I recommend you talk with your pharmacist to confirm this, and if you feel you need to cut your pills, then you could go off the time released form and onto the regular tablets. Hope that helps. Good luck on your surgery. You won't be sorry. bbuck, RN
  7. Hi, I can tell that you have never been taught how to get out of bed after abdominal surgery. While in bed, turn on your side, then push up with your hands. Thus you avoid pulling muscles in your abdomen. Also, if you have pain while coughing or sneezing, splint your abdomen with a pillow. Press in with the pillow when you cough or sneeze. Should help. From bbuck, RN
  8. Hi all, I had my lap band (VG) done on October 3rd, 06. Immediately after the surgery I could see my port bulging out my belly. I was immediately concerned, because I don't want this bulge. Dr. Martinez said it would go down with a little time. However, I can feel it easily and it doesn't feel like it's buried very deep at all. I am wondering if anyone else out there has this, or had it. I certainly don't want to live with this extra bulge. The bulge is visible with my clothes on. Thanks. Talk with me folks. bbuck
  9. Hi Clynn, Thanks for the note. Kind of ironic isn't it that 2 of us are leaving from Seatac to the same place on the same day. I am flying on Alaska, however. I get into San Diego at 12:38 PM (leave at 10AM). What time do you get in. There's probably a good possibility that they'll pick us up at the airport around the same time and we'll ride to Tijauna together. What time is your flight? I'm excited about all this. Not very far off now. Guess we'll be walking the halls together after our surgery. Looking forward to meeting you. Let me know about your flight times. Thanks, bbuck (Geoffrey)
  10. I will keep that in mind. Gonna play it by ear though. Will be in touch as to where/when you are meeting at SouthCenter. Do you know why the times all are wrong on these posts? Just curious. Thanks for the invite. bbuck
  11. Hello friends, I am getting banded on October 3rd. I will being flying down from Seattle on the 2nd. I'm very excited about this new change in my life. I am trying to be realistic though, as I know there will be challenges. But I am ready to go -----> If anyone wants to drop me a line, please do so. Thanks, bbuck
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