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  1. 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.
  2. Its been a long time since I posted. We are so active over on Facebook these days where interaction occurs immediately, that blogs just aren't what they used to be... But I intend to start posting here more, because the information is easy to find and more permanent, so I want to start updating here more. I get a lot of private messages from people asking how i've done with my sleeve, how i've REALLY done long term... i think so many things have failed for us over the years, that we are afraid to believe that this could really work and be long lasting. I had an appointment yesterday with my doctor, and I was cold so I had on jeans, tank, shirt, sweater, scarf, and heavy socks and boots... so i was seriously winter dressed(don't we all usually wear "lightweight clothes" when we know we are going to get weighed lol)... weight on scale fully clothed was 147.1. I'm 5'7, the jeans I was wearing were a 6 (i go between 4 & 6 and an occasional 8 depending on brand and how i want it to fit. I had my sleeve surgery 4/12/2012 so i'm almost 6 years out (my original band surgery was 6/2006 you'll find more info on that in my blog) . I did go under 140 for a short time (naked weight) after my surgery, but it was too skinny for me (and way too skinny for my hubby!) - i'm really happy mid-140's and haven't had trouble maintaining this. So it really DOES work... you have to work it too... but when I say I love my sleeve, I really do love my sleeve! If you want more information please visit our website www.obesitycontrolcenter.com or our Facebook page (check out the video section!) https://www.facebook.com/OCCMedicalCenter/ or call our toll free # 1-866-376-7849 ext. 1 to speak with one of our Patient Coordinators.
  3. Do all patients have a drain or port after surgery? I had my band out six months ago, so I'm required to stay a little longer than most straight VSG patients. How long does the drain stay in? I'm really most curious about the three or four days I'm going to be "stuck" at the Marriott following surgery. And should I bring an abdominal binder? It was very helpful after the band surgery. Thanks in advance!
  4. Issima

    Mexico from UK

    Hi Has anyone travelled from the UK to the clinic for surgery and if so what is the visa/passport process? I am a British National with a valid British passport. I did get some information from the staff but cannot find it! Any help on this would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  5. Hi was wondering if someone can tell me how long after the surgery can I do the following activities: hiking, diving, swimming, climbing. Even though I'm classed as obese I used to hike last year for moderate distances 6/9 miles and occasionally mountain climbed and other things. My weight was one of things that kept me back I was just too conscious and kept getting strange looks from people. Even though I was happy being there a lot of people didn't seem happy there was a fat person taking part. Maybe it's just me thinking it but there was definitely a few who stood out. And also while I'm here if someone could provide advice on how to avoid the loose skin after surgery and keep has problems to a minimum. Thanks in advance x
  6. Gigi11

    Considering OCC in fall 2016

    I am seriously considering surgery at OCC because I do not qualify in the US. My Bmi is 31, however it might as well be 51. I am so uncomfortable in my own skin that I need to do something. Excercise, dieting and food logging isn't getting me out of the obese category! My questions: Does the hospital at OCC abide by the same or similar standards as US hospitals? Is it inspected by a team to make certain that it's up to par? How often? How do I know I will be getting the gastric sleeve that was agreed upon? Following surgery, how can they tell if there is no leakage? OCC's & Dr. Ariel Ortiz have outstanding marketing. How do I know for sure that they are legitimate? Is the sleeve surgery safe for older females? I am 58 and I see blogs from much younger people. Does the staff speak English ? What happens if my pre-op lab work doesn't pass the day before surgery? How many days should I plan for surgery before flying home? I appreciate your responses. Gigi
  7. Gigi11

    Questions about WL surgery at OCC

    I am seriously considering surgery at OCC because I do not qualify in the US. My Bmi is 31, however it might as well be 51. I am so uncomfortable in my own skin that I need to do something. Excercise, dieting and food logging isn't getting me out of the obese category! My questions: Does the hospital at OCC abide by the same or similar standards as US hospitals? Is it inspected by a team to make certain that it's up to par? How often? How do I know I will be getting the gastric sleeve that was agreed upon? Following surgery, how can they tell if there is no leakage? OCC's & Dr. Ariel Ortiz have outstanding marketing. How do I know for sure that they are legitimate? Is the sleeve surgery safe for older females? I am 58 and I see blogs from much younger people. Does the staff speak English ? What happens if my pre-op lab work doesn't pass the day before surgery? How many days should I plan for surgery before flying home? I appreciate your responses.
  8. Yes my lovies, I finally did it. I had that arm lift I have been waiting for... I've always had large arms, I am of mostly Norwegian, German, and Irish descent... and we are known for thicker arms, and I for sure got that from my Norwegian Grandma. It had come to the point that when i was working out (or waving to someone) that my upper arms kept up the motion long after I had stopped... It was also causing some pain and friction during my workouts. I was going in to have a fix to a breast lift from years ago and since I had to have surgery anyway - I decided to just go for it and have my arms done at the same time... if i was going to be recuperating, might as well get it done... so I did. Even immediately after surgery - OMGOSH - are those my arms? I took a picture the night before I left for Mexico and then one a few days after surgery. You can already see the remarkable change. I had an extended arm lift so it goes from my elbow up my arm, through the arm pit and then down my side, to take care of that bra bulge as well. I'm being very careful to follow all of Dr. Medina's advice so that I let the arms heal well, so that as my scar fades, it will be a nice, tight, clean, faded out scar. I won't say this recovery is a breeze... I mean - you use your arms for everything and I'm having to be very careful about how far I extend them for a few weeks. Thankfully most of my work is computer so i can use my laptop, and i wear a headset with my phone, so i'm not having to hold anything. Probably having the surgery 2 weeks before Christmas is the hardest part, but it made me get organized, get things done early, and will give me that excuse of... sorry, no i can't do those dishes or make those mashed potatoes because i can't use my arms for that yet! (insert evil grin here) but it also made me cut back on Christmas - not the joy or the experience, but the endless shopping, parties, baking, candy making, and over the top decorating, and allowed me time to sit back, and enjoy it, watch a few more Christmas movies. Have a little more snuggle time with my kids. And just enjoy the Reason for the Season, and the Celebration of my Redeemer's birth. I can't recommend Dr. Medina from www.thearielcenter.com more highly. I have seen several pictures of his other cosmetic patients, including arm lifts, and he does amazing work, and he specializes in post bariatric cosmetic surgery, which is so important! Those of you that had recent arm lifts with him will forgive me for my endless questions, but you look fabulous and i'm a need to know kind of girl. He also fixed a problem with my previous breast lift, but I'm way too shy to post those pictures, but my girls look good! So here is a before and right after pic... i'll post updates as the healing continues! If you are considering cosmetic surgery visit www.thearielcenter.com or email cosmetic@thearielcenter.com and our coordinator, Ora, will be happy to assist you! Usually all its takes for a consultation and quote is some pictures and description of the areas you are interested in improving! 1/12/2016 update - new "after" picture - and LOOK you can see my muscles... that has never happened before! You can see the picture on The Ariel Center Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thearielcenter/ or my review on RealSelf https://www.realself.com/review/tijuana-mx-arm-lift-bare-arms-finally-batwings-fixed#dr-review
  9. CELEBRATE Good Times C'mon.... let's celebrate! woohoooooooo 3 years ago I had by Sleeve surgery - my band to sleeve revision surgery. I can tell you I haven't regretted it for a single solitary second! I still love my sleeve. I love what is has allowed me to do... I'm at a healthy weight, my cholesterol is 115... 9 years ago it was over 240. I feel great and... ok ok... i get to buy clothes off the really cute rack... usually in a small or medium. If you've read my blog you know I had my band surgery back in 2006, and I did well with it for quite awhile... then I got derailed through a series of accidents, surgeries, no walking for months, band wide open, and lots of really good church lady food. I needed a change... enter the <ahhhhh> sleeve surgery. I loved my band, but I will tell you - I love my sleeve more.... its a much more natural restriction, i can eat whatever I want (within reason!) just in smaller quantities... no worries about food getting stuck, I just fill up really fast. Thanks to OCC and Dr. Ortiz, today, I am at a very health 5'7 and average around 140 pounds. I'll be FIFTY this year....<shudder> and I honestly feel worlds better then I did when I hit 40. My husband and I celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary next week.... in Cancun. I am taking 7 bathing suits for our 6 day trip - almost all of them are 2 piece (nothing too skimpy... the sleeve didn't give me 20 year old thighs people!) but 10 years ago i would never have considered spending all day in a bathing suit at the pool or beach... but that's what I'll be doing all of next week (with a fabulous faux tan and a lot of sunscreen and one of those big floppy hats and oversized sunglasses... again i'm almost 50 people...) Thank you for sharing this day with me... and happy sleeviversary to my sleeve sista Emily, too - we've walked this journey together (and she has a baby to show for it!) If you have any questions about my journey or weight loss surgery you can reach me at lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81.
  10. Kat91702

    My 50th Birthday

    From the album: Gastric sleeve 8 2 2013 belt lipectomy 8 2 2014 and now im getting breast lift and implants and upper arm skin removal July 11th Woo Hoo

    Working on my bucket list, went riding in the Hollywood Hills, first time on a horse!
  11. One of our sleeve sistas started a support group on facebook where OCC Sleeve (pre and post) Patients can share pictures, support each other, and keep each other on track! Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/758113717570254/ Join the conversation!
  12. LoriBecky

    Awesome Sauce!

    What a great week I had! Last week I got to spend 3 days at OCC, observe surgeries, learn more about the amazing advancements in surgical technique happening at OCC, meet with Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Martinez and Lucia, spend time with the great staff there, record some videos...and the best part, the awesome sauce, I got to meet face to face with patients. I rarely get to do that, and I got to do that in spades this time. I was able to meet an entire family of patients, some that have already had surgery, and several coming in for the first time. What an amazing family this is! Originally 2 of the sisters came for surgery, truly they are sleeve sisters, and they have done so well, and were so pleased with their experience, that another sister came in October, and then more family members. Now think about this... I think we are all willing to put ourselves out there for surgery, but bringing your most prized possessions, your family, your sisters, daughters, sons, aunts, the things that mean the most to you, bringing them to Mexico for surgery... i think that says a LOT about Obesity Control Center! I was so inspired by this family and lucky enough to be taken into this group as a sleeve sister. I've been working with this family, praying for this family, rejoicing with this family, and now watching them succeed towards their goals.... did I say it enough... INSPIRING! So, thank you to my patients, you are truly the Awesome Sauce on the Burrito of Life! Thank you for letting me be part of your journey! As always, if you want to reach me you can call 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 or email me lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com
  13. LoriBecky

    Happy Sleeve-iversary to ME!

    Today is the one year anniversary of having my band to sleeve revision. What a year! I am at the lowest weight I've been at since... well... jr. high maybe? I feel great, and I'm not braggin' but I think I look pretty great too. I've stayed at the same weight now since Christmas and I'm happy with it. I still need to work out more and build some muscle, but as far as weight loss goes and this is the FIRST TIME in my life I have ever said this, but I'm not looking to lose any more weight! I am happy, and more importantly, I am healthy and pretty proud of myself I do love my sleeve. It allows me greater flexibility then I had with my band as far as foods I can eat, I am satisfied on very little food, I have a lot of energy and unless I'm trying to eat a bit too much, I just don't think about my sleeve very much... it is just my little shrimp stomach, it is a fabulous tool, but I'm not worrying about adjustments, if I'm too tight or too loose, or what i should order because I'm in a restaurant and don't want to get embarrassed if something gets stuck - which I did have trouble with during the last year with my band. I did love my band for a long time, but the last year, it didn't seem to love me back! If you are hesitating about a weight loss surgery, or if you have a band and you are feeling stuck or frustrated, please know there are options! I'm here to help you any way I can. I wish I had a picture to post, I should have taken one on Sunday because I was looking pretty slammin' in my sundress and sandals... I will try to take one later this week when it warms up again, right now i'm bundled up (the one thing about losing weight... I do get cold easier... that's OK - i'm up for that trade off!) Call me or email me if you have questions or want information on surgery! 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 or lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com did I mention that I love my sleeve??
  14. Am I alone. I have lost 10 pounds in 14 days from my gastric sleeve surgery. I am so tired of soups and wants to eat soft solids. I need encouragement. Help! Please tell me I can do it for another 7 more days! Thank to everyone that give me guidance. imv.
  15. Well I had it done. Surgery went very well & I had minimal pain..Everyone @ OCC was great, I felt very comfortable & informed. My starting wt was 235, after my pre-op diet I was 220. If I can say one thing; keep to the chicken broth. I asked for a teaspoon vs soup spoon, this made it easier to swallow & monitor how much I was putting into my mouth! Thanks to everyone that had surgery on the 4 & 5th, I have met new friends & support buddies. I will keep everyone updated. Post op diet is going well, drinking my liquid yogurt. Will start creamed soups on Monday. Trying to get all my liquids in, I feel I am always drinking....
  16. sparkleprincess24

    MY JOURNEY

    This is my first blog i thought i share my story I'm 18 years old and i'm about to be a senior in high school. I've been overweight through my teen years i don't like talking about my weight with my friends i've only told my mom and my step-dad and my aunt and my grandma about my surgery. I don't know if i want to tell my friends. i was originally going to have the mini gastric bypass in Vegas with Dr.Rutledge but i had hard scheduling my surgery with them they never answered there phone and were not a help out all they kept coming up with all these excuses then my mom text the lady thats in charge of scheduling the surgery asked if we could schedule my surgery and she told my mom there were having problems with the hospital they were with wanted more money they said i could go India and have the surgery there my mom was so mad then my step-dad said if there saying go to India why not go to Mexico so my mom had a friend that got her lap band done in mexico so she called her friend and her friend gave the information my mom went on the website and emailed them and got the information we needed and the next day i got my passport card done and then called to schedule my surgery but there were already closed and today go the call back go the surgery date august 7,2012 and did all the patient information done now i'm counting down the days till i have my surgery i'm glad my mom is coming with me she's been my rock through this whole process with the mini gastric bypass people and she had the surgery and so did two of my aunts and even my grandma but i'm glad i'm going to have this surgery so i can enjoy my senior year in high school go to formal and prom and be able to buy the dresses all the girls wear and not worry about having a hard time shopping and just be a teenager and have fun and then graduate and go to Hawaii a graduation present from my parents my grandmas idea got love my grandma lol and i get to show off my new body like my grandma said i would like if some other people who the surgery had some advice and your experience and how much you lost and did you have any pain after surgery.
  17. Great article on Comedienne and The Apprentice alum, Lisa Lampanelli and her success with her gastric sleeve surgery! http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2012/09/20/comedian-apprentice-alum-lisa-lampanelli-loses-80-pounds-surgery/70000814/1#.UFzTKo1mRD4
  18. LoriBecky

    Video's

    There are some great patient video's on OCC's blog - if you haven't visited recently - stop by, take some time, and watch the videos... maybe you'll even see one of me http://www.obesitycontrolcenter.com/blog/
  19. CAROLP

    MY JOURNEY

    So this is my first blog, I wanted to share my story and this seems like the best place to do that. First of all I have never told anyone my weight, not even my husband. I have been morbidly obese for over 10 years now, I said I would never be where I am today. In Febuary of 2012 I went to a bariatric surgery seminar at a local hospital with the intention of getting the sleeve. I was not going to tell anyone except for my immediate family,a few weeks later I ended up talking to a long time friend, about the sleeve, who told me of her family member that had surgery with Dr. Ortiz and how pleased they were. I got on the phone that day and spoke with my now patient coordinator. I am so happy I called. In March when I first contacted the Obesity Control Center, I weighed (can't believe I am publicizing this) 361 pounds, Dr Miranda informed me that I needed to lose 41 pounds in order to safely have the sleeve surgery. After some tears and encouragement from her and my family, I decided that I could in fact do this. I did the Atkins type diet with my husband years ago and HATED it, but that was the route I was going to attempt again. My husband has been doing it with me which makes for great support. I have to say that it has been easy, i'm not hungry; I do have some cravings every now and then, but nothing I can't handle. I have went to the movies and never smelled the popcorn even though my daughter was eating it right next to me, we go out to resturants and I stick to my plan, no problems. I have been to 2 birthday parties and both times I happened to be sitting next to the cake cutter and I never even smelled the cake. I just keep thanking God, because I am usually very sensitive to smells and odors. Low carb alone was going to slowly for my own goals, I wanted to have surgery scheduled for April 30, 2012, so after talking to Dr. Miranda I switched to a low cal/ low carb shake for breakfast and lunch, 80 or more ounces of water a day and a low cal/low carb type menu for supper. My first week on the shake/shake/supper method I lost 8 pounds, yes I said 8 pounds, my total loss to date is 21 pounds. I am so excited to say that I scheduled my surgery for April 30, 2012. I have been viewing videos on the internet about the skin after weight loss and I am a little bummed about the possibility of excess skin, but I will be healthier and happier with excess skin than I am with all this excess fat. Just after 21 pounds I feel a difference in energy, ability and focus. I see a difference too, for instance, my feet are slimmer, I have some wrinkles around my toes and sides of my feet (what a wierd place to lose weight, huh?) my boobs no longer look like part of my stomach, instead of one big round protusion for a belly, I have an indention beginning. And this is just 21 pounds, without vigerous exercise. I broke my toe about 4 weeks ago so I can't exercise the way I would like, but I have increased my activity level. I am looking forward to playing the WII fit again in a few weeks when I am below the max weight. I hope to start running for exercise and eventually run a marathon with my daughter. When I counsel at youth camp this summer I am going to be playing with the kids instead of watching from the sidelines. It is sad that the person I am has been hidden inside this body for such a long time; I let my weight control how much of my personality comes out in person. All I can say is I'M COMING OUT!!! 20 days and counting!
  20. When we start thinking about the decision to have a bariatric surgery we are all about the research, wanting to glean every piece of info on how others have done, reading, holding on to the stories, trying to place ourselves there often unable to visualize ourselves with the same degree of success. Shortly after surgery many of us post either to share or ask the occasional question but then by in large we drop off. Why? Well I believe that we are all out there just living our lives. The drastic difference from our weight challenged bodies to our post surgical new stature allows us to begin living our lives again. We get so busy enjoying our new lives that we seldom come back to post and few of us have questions past the first few weeks post op. I just want to remind those of you that do read this that part of what we owe back is to come periodically and post...post for those that are scared, post for those that are uncertain about the whole traveling out of their home country to seek help, post for encouragement, post for the doctors that have given of themselves to give you this new chance at life, and post for yourself. Often in writing down our thoughts, our hopes, our dreams we are given the opportunity to view our lives differently. Something got you to where you are or were on your obesity journey and without being sure to address those triggers we can one day slip back into them. By staying active in a group either in-person or online you are giving yourself the gift of support. You may not "need" support right now but you can still "give" it. One day you will need it and then you will have made acquaintances that are standing ready to support and encourage you. So no matter where you are on your personal journey do your best to give part of yourself to others by posting, encouraging, sharing your fears and your victories. We are being given a new lease...what will you do today with that gift?
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