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About 3nuthut

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  • Birthday 04/14/1969

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<p>Started my 6 month process on July 27th, 2011&nbsp;because I had just found out that my insurance, BCBSTX, requires 6 months and my company is changing out insurance plans at the beginning of the year.&nbsp; What surgeon works the week between Christmas and New Year???&nbsp; Obviously mine because they say the end of the year is the busiest time...with&nbsp;some loosing or changes in their insurance.</p>
<p>It&nbsp;was a tight timeline but we went ahead and submitted for my approval on Dec. 1st 2011 and I was approved 8 days later. My surgery date is scheduled for December 29th 2011. I'm so excited and nervous.&nbsp; I guess the hardest decision I've had to make was the one where I let go of the comfort food give me.&nbsp; Other than that, I have no reservations.&nbsp; I'm excited and hopefull that I will be around a lot longer for my 3 1/2 yr old.</p>
Fast forward to the summer of 2015 was when I was in the best shape.  I was working out 3-4 times a week and weighing around 130-135. But around the beginning of 2017 I started putting on weight. ( What's funny is that my diet hasn't changed, but the amount has.  Grilled meats, veggies, fruits, eggs, nuts, etc. but more, and ALWAYS hungry.) That's when I went in for my first fill in 2 years.   That's when I did the swallow test and my esophagus didn't look right.  After 3 additional uncomfortable tests and a year later I've found that I have muscle issues at the bottom of my eslophagus, band slippage, and a hiatal or paraesophageal hernnia (I'll know after they do the surgery). 
  Ultimately I need a removal, but not only that, I need a revision too.  And I didn't want to have to gain all my weight back to prove I need the tool.  I spoke to my surgeon and we went ahead and submitted for my removal/revision and was approved in 10 days.  I'm really relieved and excited that I can get this band removed and be revised and back on track sooner than later.  I'll update my story as I evolve from the revision.

  • Gastric Sleeve
Age: 51
Height: 5 feet 3 inches
Starting Weight: 235 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 175 lbs
Current Weight: 170 lbs
Goal Weight: 133 lbs
Weight Lost: 65 lbs
BMI: 30
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Pre Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 07/21/2011
Surgery Date: 08/13/2018
Hospital Stay: n/a
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval