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  1. Dream4tc

    Considering revision

    I was banded in 2011 and lost 80 pounds never quite got to my goal weight before I started having problems. Throwing up multiple times daily, bad acid reflux to the point I was needing 8 pillows to prop me up to sleep, frustrated. I was too tight at one point from the swelling from vomiting so much, that I had to get all fluid removed emergently so I could swallow my own saliva. I ended up getting all fluid removed and esophageal manometry done. I have a separate post about that experience. The manometry showed I had a slip. That was the documentation I needed in order to get a revision for mybinsurance to cover my revision. There needs to be documentation to support another surgery need. Unless you are cash pay. I initially wanted sleeve because I thought it was the best option....however after speaking with my surgeon, he told me that I would more than likely have problems with severe reflux due to the pressure from the sleeve and since I was already miserable from the severe reflux I had, I wasn't about to have to deal with any more. I also have several friends who had sleeve done and have significant regain with reflux issues. He said revising to RNY would resolve reflux and I wouldn't ever have to deal with that issue. I decided that was the best choice for me. I was revised to RNY back in 2015 and SO Happy! No reflux which is awesome! I can eat spicier foods again. I have lost a total of 125 pounds and at my goal weight of 175. I am also a Zumba Instructor and teach Zumba 4 days per week. I keep my protein first, then veggies and fruit. I take my vitamins daily and actually have not been sick as much either since revision. I have not had any issues. Love my RNY ❤ I only wished I had done RNY to start with. Do your homework, ask questions and decide what is right for you. Best of luck to you!
  2. I had my band to RNY revision done by Dr Wheeler on 11/30/15. He is amazing and so glad I went with him. I was 258 day of surgery and currently 219.8. I am very happy! He has an excellent bedside manner and he truly does care about his patients.
  3. Im a nurse and our facility takes privacy very seriously! That is a very serious HIPAA violation and someone's booty will be on the chopping block for that. Call office right away. That is NOT ok!!!
  4. Dream4tc

    On cloud nine.."bread"

    I am sure you can modify just about anything. Use fresh berries as they are low on the glycemic index. Splenda or stevia. Also you could even try cinnamon and Splenda brown sugar. It would be endless possibilities for creativity Add fresh finely chopped veggies, and seasoning ..... So many ideas
  5. Bariatric Advantage Calcium Citrate Chews in Caramel are awesome!!!!
  6. Dream4tc

    Any November surgeries?

    Congratulations!!! Yay!!!
  7. This is what my port site looks like now and mine was removed 8/10/15 I had the same "divit", but will improve over time.
  8. Dream4tc

    Lap band removal and mortified.

    Thank you for your feedback! That's great to hear. How was your hunger after you got the lapband removed?I actually had restrictions still for 2 months I'm just now starting to feel like I can eat more. I think I get more head hunger than I do physical I can definitely tell that my stomach shrunk some in the four years that I had the band. I don't push it I just eat until I feel full. I eat and chew the same like I did when I had the band. I take smaller bites, I still use smaller forks and spoons and smaller plates. That was the best habit I learned from having the band chew slowly and small bites. I also exercise three times a week. That helps keep my weight in check
  9. Dream4tc

    Esophageal Manometry

    Sounds like you are too tight. You need some fluid removed for sure. I too had dilated esophagus. I was so worried that I was causing permanent damage. After speaking to my current surgeon, he suspects that my band was placed too high to begin with. When he did an intra operative EGD, he said my esophagus looked ok, thankfully. My fill level never passed 5.25. It was ideal at 4.85 cc. My friend had the same previous surgeon and she was at 7.5!!! I wish I had never gotten the band. It caused me to have so many problems. Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful of the 80 pounds that I lost, but vomiting all the time is not my idea of a fun life. I had mine removed just 3 months ago due to slip. I am revising to RNY scheduled for 11/30. I should have done bypass in the beginning, but hey I learned my lesson.
  10. Dream4tc

    BariatricPal Store foods reviews

    I am anxious to try the hot chocolate. That will be great for fall/winter! I have already purchased some Vitamin items from the BP store. I was happy with the items and excited about the free samples I recieved as well. They sent me a sample of the spicy Turkey Jerky and it was very moist and tender, delicious! I also got a sample of the Syntrax nectar grape, but haven't tried that yet.
  11. Pain with band placement was tolerable. I think I took liquid vicodin 5 days post op the just Tylenol. Band and port removal? That was very painful because he also removed the scar tissue as well. I had IV Dilaudid and then percocets up to almost 2 weeks. The port site was very painful and also deeper inside from where he removed the scar tissue. I am really hoping my revision to RNY on 11/30 will be a breeze compared to band and port removal a few months ago.
  12. Dream4tc

    It's official 100 Lost

    Congratulations!!! Whoot I bet you feel like a new person! I am so happy for you! I think your body will slow down eventually. Our bodies tend to put on the brakes closer to goal. If you get to your goal weight and the train isn't slowing down, then get in touch with your dietician. Congrats!!!
  13. I am also scheduled 11/30. That is awesome that you and your hubby are both doing the surgery the same day! Who us going first? Are you using the same surgeon? You both will be great support for each other!
  14. Dream4tc

    Lap band removal and mortified.

    I started having problems with my band April of 2014. I started to gain slowly a pound or 2 per every few months. I had my band unfilled last November 2014 because I found out I had complications- slip. I initially lost 80 pounds with the band. I have gained about 25 pounds in the past year and a half. I had my band removed Aug 2015. It is possible that someone does NOT gain "all of their weight back". I exercise with Zumba 3 times a week on average, walk 3 to 4 miles per day when I'm not doing Zumba. I also try to still eat high protein low carb and that has kept my weight from climbing any higher. I am revising to bypass on 11/30. You can gain control, it's not easy, but definately doable.