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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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. Arie
  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 throug
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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 g
  15. 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 c
  16. 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
  17. 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/
  18. 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 pl
  19. 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
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