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Roseib

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  1. Had self pay Sand Antonio 2 years ago for 14,500 for doctor, hospital and one year follow up. Pysch assessment was I think $120. Then I had to have cardio clearance due to swelling in leg that cost an additional $1500. Most people won't need the cardio clearance. My surgeon is excellent. However as others have said, there are those who charge less who are also good. I imagine you will find costs lower in southeast or south than in northeast where cost of living is generally higher. However I've never done a regional comparison.


  2. Had self pay Sand Antonio 2 years ago for 14,500 for doctor, hospital and one year follow up. Pysch assessment was I think $120. Then I had to have cardio clearance due to swelling in leg that cost an additional $1500. Most people won't need the cardio clearance. My surgeon is excellent. However as others have said there are those who charge less who are also good. I imagine you will find costs lower I'm southeast or south than in northeast where cost of living is generally higher. However I've never done s regional compzrison


  3. Agree with Lil Diva and thsnks fir 12 steps remimder. I used to go to OA. A few times I went to this one big AA meeting where a number of people had years and years of abstinence. There was a table loaded with sugary white flour Snacks and the cigarette smoke was over whelming. The recovery from alcohol was powerful in that room but got the impression that some folks had substitute addictions. In fact some OA members with multiple addictions said it was hard to go to AA because there was always sugared food there. Btw, the best book I ever read on addiction is entitled Addiction and Grace by Gerald May. It is probably not currently in print but would be available used. Very compatible with 12 step philosophy.


  4. P.S. I think they often assist each other. Doesn't mean anything negative. Dr Cavazos has done many, many vsg and other WLS surgeries as has Dr Gonzalez. Sounded like you might be wondering about that. Sorry you had a scary experience! In my experience Dr Cavazos explained everything clearly and timely, so not sure what was going on with your situation.


  5. Sorry I didn't see this. I had a five week stall my second month and into third month. Wow was that diacouraging. I lost 143 by end of year. But every month I stalled for two or three weeks and then lost several pounds quickly. Everyone loses differently. Some people apparently never stall - and then there are the rest of us. Hope you are doing well now. OA has a good saying: progress not perfection


  6. I had Dr Cavazos do my surgery when I was 62. I had no complications from surgery or during recovery. He is a well respected baratric surgeon who was highly recommended to me by another surgeon. He saw me briefly before surgery but I didn't see him again until the morning of discharge. He came by the second morning and gave instructions for me but I didn't see him. He is a very caring gentle man and excellent surgeon. I had surgery at Foundation surgical hospital. I think that is where they do the self pay surgeries. The room and care was excellent there. I do not know anything about Dr Gonzales but probably someone on this board has had surgery by him. At support group his patients appear to think highly of him.


  7. 128 pounds is fantastic! I've stalled for six months coming up on my two year anniversary - from grazing! I thought i'd have lost another 25-30 pounds by now. But I've kept off what I lost so to me I don't feel like a failure. I'm just making myself get back on track with following the food program and back to gym 5x week so I can lose that last 55 pounds I want to lose. I think giving oneself positive feedback is always more helpful (to me anyway) than beating oneselfself up for not being perfect. I was never very successful over the long haul at Overeaters Anonymous but I always have found that expression they often use helpful - "progress not perfection"


  8. Unfortunately, every surgery has risks. Data show that risks associated with the sleeve are the lowest of the 3 bariatric surgeries. That is why I chose it. I did really well. No problems. Like others I figured I had more risks being so obese. But I picked the sleeve to minimize risk. It will be interesting to know if this woman had comorbidities. So sad.


  9. I've been so busy, I've hardly been checking sleevetalk. I'm maintaining when I need to be losing. My workload has been so heavy for several months, I've only been working out once a week --luckily having a trainer gets me in the gym minimally. Things should ease up in three weeks and then I'll be back at the gym 5 days a week. At least I'm not gaining. Before surgery, with a year like I've had (I'm in education, so I date a "year" from August), I would have easily gained 40 pounds -- if not more. Looks like lots of folks are doing great! Way to go!


  10. I have found that I can eat a egg over easy' date=' but boiled and scrambled eggs make me vomit. I am over 5 months out. Does this go away or should I write them off. p.s. I miss deviled eggs[/quote']

    It was eight months before I could eat an omelette. I still get queasy with other egg dishes. Can't figure that one out and I'll be two years out end of June.


  11. Hello all.

    I'm new, but thought I would introduce myself. I'm going to be self-pay and hope to get my surgery date in about a month. I still have to have my psych eval and since there is a history of a genetic clotting disorder in my family, I have to see a hematologist this week to see if I have the disorder so my surgeon knows what special steps (if any) he needs to take.

    I had a lap band surgery about ten years ago, but I only had restriction for three months before my band broke. I've sinced moved to a different state and this surgeon hopes he can remove my defective band and do the sleeve in one procedure. I'm hoping that's the case.

    I know that most of y'all are post surgery, but I have real concerns about surviving the surgery. I know most of that is probably in my head. But I have such shortness of breath, that I worry I'll just konk out on the table. My surgeon is so sweet and he doesn't seem concerned with the measures they take, but I'm nervous.

    Also...my mobility is not great because I have bone-on-bone arthritis in both knees and I'm so large. Getting in and out of chairs, my bed, etc. takes lots of effort. I can't even imagine what it will be like with a painful stomach. Is it doable? I guess it will have to be... ;)

    Hi, I still have some way to go, but I started at 385 with severe osteo arthritis at age 62. Ugh, the pain. I still have severe osteoarthritis and may still need knee replacement but the pain is a lot better and getting up and walking etc. a lot easier. I slept in my recliner at first because it made getting up so much easier with a painful stomach; the knees weren't bothering me so much after surgery--all the pain medication I suppose. Hope all the hematology test shows no problems for you!


  12. I drove myself there and friends later picked up my car. Hospital and surgeon insisted someone drive me home and be with me the first night, due to the pain medication and also I suppose possibility of problems that first night at home. Glad you could work it out. I think it is good to have someone there. I had sudden diarrhea and it was a mess. No way I could have cleaned it up either. I learned the warning signal after that. Just a problem for about 3 days, though,


  13. No, even though I was supermorbidly obese and a more radical surgery probably would have resulted in quicker weight loss. Because of my age (62 at time of surgery) and increased risk of complications, I decided to go with the sleeve because it has the lowest risk of complications.

    No, I won't do the DS. This is it for me. I have to make it work, even though it will probably take another year to get where I want to be.


  14. Got to total capacity about 10 months out. I can occasionally do 8 ounces but the food can't be dense. More usually 4-6 oz depending on how dense the Protein is. I ate a max of four oz and couldn't get in more until about 10 months. Then all of a sudden I could eat more. Everyone is different, but my surgeon said 8 oz is usually the max and less depending on the density, so I assume I'm about average.

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