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FIRST FILL 5/13/10


CandyJo

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I was scheduled with my DR's office yesterday for my first fill. I did all the work before my surgery to make sure it was all covered and scheduled. I went in to see the band DR yesterday morning. He was very nice.......... then had additude because I went to TJ to get my band. My weight wasn't high enough to get it here! He was going to do my fill, but said because my insurance didn't approve it, they wouldn't cover my adjustments. He said it would cost about $400. (my mom see's a DR 10 min. away who does it for $75 - no insurance) He called billing while I was sitting there..... they said it doesn't matter, I only have my $10 co-pay, everything else is covered. He was still very nice with an ADDITUDE! Even though they coded everything and told him it was ok, I would have no other charges, he wanted to get approval from the insurance company directly. I got the run around for 4 hrs.

Then I called OCC and asked what time their last fill appt. was. (now it's 1 pm - I live 2 hrs. from the border) They said 3:30. I explained how far I was and I still had to go home and get my passport. Gloria said as long as you can be here before I get off at 4, you'll be ok. I got my passport, got my mom --- and off we went. Left the house at 1:30!! Of course we caught some San Diego traffic!!! Got to the border at 3:45! Called Gloria, she said we're waiting go ahead and cross, we'll be here. THANK GOD ~ we walked across, got a cab, walked in the office at 3:58! They are so great. The cab waited, we were there no more than 20 minutes. My fill was 5.5cc. We were blown away, my mom's had like 5 or 6 fills in the last 17 months and she only has 5.25cc. She's lost all her weight, but they only gave her 1cc on her first one. He said I may not need another one at all, but if I feel like I need one he'll do another in 5 wks. I know my DR's office is going to call me on monday and say they heard from the insurance company, and got approval to come back in. 4 GET IT!! I'll take the trip across the border and spend the $100 + $20 for the cab.

This goes to show how much things change daily........ my moms last fill - she was on clear liquids for 2 days. He told me yesterday, liquids for 2 days (doesn't have to be clear) - yogurt, creamy soups, smoothies..... we all know the drill. He said this is the only fill i'll be on liquids. If I get another, he'll send me for lunch after, then i'll come back so he can see how the food is going down. Her band is 10.5cc and mine is 11cc. They are different brands so may be thats the difference, I don't know, it's just so strange how different our adjustments are. I can only lose 50 lbs. She's lost 85.......... maby that has something to do with it as well. I'll find out when we go back.

I can't say enough about OCC ~ even though they waited for me yesterday and they had a surgery to start when they were done with me...... he took all the time needed, talked to me for a good 15 minutes, answered all my questions and explained in depth! I wasn't rushed at all. Also told me to call directly if I forgot anything.

SO GLAD I WENT THERE ~ WOULD GO BACK TOMORROW IF I HAD TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN!!

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Hi - I was banded on 5/3/10 at OCC and I'm doing great! I really enjoyed your post. I'll be driving back down to TJ from Bakersfield for my first fill in a few weeks. I noticed that you walked across and got a taxi. Where do you park your car? I'd much rather do that than pay the $$ for the shuttle. Thanks!

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Hi - I was banded on 5/3/10 at OCC and I'm doing great! I really enjoyed your post. I'll be driving back down to TJ from Bakersfield for my first fill in a few weeks. I noticed that you walked across and got a taxi. Where do you park your car? I'd much rather do that than pay the $$ for the shuttle. Thanks!

There's a lot right before the border.... at the duty free store more or less. We parked there, I think it was $8, walked across no problem. Taxi's are waiting. Tell them the street and they'll take you right there and wait for you. It's so easy. Much luck to you.

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If I lived that close to TJ, I would go there every time for a fill. I trust their experience. And I do not trust the experience of any of the doctors in the US that I have talked to about doing fills.

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Hi Candy! We are similar, I had 47 lbs to lose still need to lose like 32 lbs. I just had my first fill yesterday. I was wondering how did that 5.25 cc's work for you? I got 5 as 5.25 the barium was coming back up. :( Just wondering if you got any restriction

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Hi Candy! We are similar, I had 47 lbs to lose still need to lose like 32 lbs. I just had my first fill yesterday. I was wondering how did that 5.25 cc's work for you? I got 5 as 5.25 the barium was coming back up. :( Just wondering if you got any restriction

I had a little restriction for about 3 wks, then it was like I didn't even have a fill. I went on 6/26/10 for my 2nd fill. I now have 8cc total. I feel definite restriction now, I love it. It actually took a couple of days for me to really feel it. I took about 6 bites of chicken and thought it was going to come back up. Haven't had that feeling again, but the restriction is great. I'm learning that we will probably need higher cc levels for our restriction because we weren't that big. It has to do with stomach size. I was wearing a size 10 on the day of surgery, so my stomach wasn't huge. (well to me it was) It will take more to make the band tighter. My mom has 5.25cc, she's lost all her weight and has had her band almost 2 yrs now. He also explained that the band I have is alot different than my moms and can hold alot more. Let me know how you do.

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