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    Maximum injury from minimal effort!

    That SO sucks!! I KNOW because I've been there. 2005-ish Tibeal plateau fracture- fractured down the center of my tibea. ANY weight and it could shatter. No weight bearing for a while. Tore ACL, MCL, PCL. These took upwards of a year of therapy and a cadaver ACL to heal. I still use a brace for stability during certain activities. Soft tissue injuries are FAR worse than bone. Everyone is different and hopefully you heal quicker and stronger 🤞🏼
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    Ace bandages

    They do make compression sleeves. Is there a reason that the surgeon doesn't want you to use those? Though I have no experience with them, they may not stay put either 🤷🏻‍♀️ There's also Coban wrap and another similar product but can't remember the name. There are videos on how to use it for compression. Just make sure it's ok to use in your case
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    Activities for Exercise

    I'm with you on that! I watch people run and wonder how they do that 🤣 it looks like it would be fun though 🤷🏻‍♀️
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    Plastic surgery pricing and insurance

    It was a long time ago, I'm not completely sure. Though, I had been forced to retire on disability, so most likely was NY Medicaid or managed Medicaid. That's why I was in total shock at the approval........for BOTH!! Good luck!
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    Panniculectomy worth it?

    Check with other plastic surgeons. One said no, others may feel differently. I had a panniculectomy & abdominoplasty, recovery wasn't bad or terribly long at all. Not sure why you are thinking that recovery will be long, though everyone is different. I could do pretty much all of my usual things just slower & hunched over.
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    Not Losing

    Definitely speak with your nutritionist. Are you tracking EVERY bite, even tastes while cooking add up. That was a big one for me. It may just be a dreaded stall. During stalls, your body is catching up. While you may not lose pounds, you may lose inches as things redistribute. Stick with it, it'll work out if you follow the instructions of your nut and keep exercising. Sounds like you're doing a great job!
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    What are some exercises I can do in bed

    Congrats on beginning this journey! In the beginning it seems overwhelming, set small, manageable goals and non-food rewards for reaching them. That makes it much easier. Follow your surgeon's diet plan. At first it is very difficult as you will have head hunger, serious cravings. Drink water, read, adult coloring books, apps on your phone, other hobbies, can all help you get past those first few weeks. THEN you will have lost a significant amount, mostly water, but still, it feels amazing to see the pounds go away! A mantra I kept telling myself is "carbs beget carbs" this helped a lot. As I thought about having an old FAV, I'd be reminded that it will only make my cravings worse. Yes, absolutely consult with your doctor and get an RX for PT. Ask the therapist, specifically, to show you things that you can do at home, safely. Therabands might be a start, but I've no idea what strength you'd begin with, that's where PT comes in.
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    lifting skin

    Once skin has been stretched there are no creams or exercise that will change that. Building muscle can help your appearance. Removing the excess skin is usually the only solution.
  9. I'm female, so no penis, sorry. A panniculectomy won't change that area though. A panniculectomy simply removes the 'apron' of hanging skin. The pics of what you're not looking for show everything. I'm not sure what your hoping to see. Is there a specific concern or question regarding how that area will look?
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    Losing weight when you’re disabled

    I am disabled and limited in exercise options. What I did is get a script for PT to show me exercises and moves that I could safely do at home without further injuring myself. As I progressed, I did the same. With the sleeve, I've gone from about 275# to 119# this morning. I've been maintaining since 2013. Remember, where there's a will, there's a way!
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    Fleur De Lys Abdominoplasty

    You look awesome and I'm sure you must feel awesome! I know it takes time for your brain to catch up to the new image, surgery will surely help. Best of luck. You've done wonderfully! Curious, how did you get insurance to cover legs? I've never heard that before.
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    Plastic surgery pricing and insurance

    Because of back and other physical issues, I got a referral from pain management. I also wrote a letter stating my weight loss, the crucial role exercise plays in maintenance & the way the excess skin impedes and adds to my physical limitations. They not only covered panniculectomy but the abdominoplasty as well! Best of luck
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    60 minute pre-op requirement

    As others have said, break up the 60 minutes. Also, for your own benefit as well since exercise is crucial for long term success, you need to find something you can do that doesn't exacerbate the pain. Having ankylososing spondylosis myself, along with several other physical disabilities, and starting at almost 300 pounds I requested a script for PT to help find things that I could do at home without causing further damage or pain. Best of luck on your journey
  14. My surgery was January 2012. Just curious how others are doing that are 7 years or more from surgery.
  15. I expected to be quite debilitated. In reality, my life barely skipped a beat. Yes, I was moving slower, hunched, slept sitting up and wore the binder. Other than lifting, was able to take care of myself & do most things just fine. One tip I was given is wear the binder or some other firm support for at least 6 months. The longer you wear it, the better the long term result. I bought waist nippers & bodysuits with firm support once the drains were out. Best of luck!!
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    If you are queer, lesbian, no label, poly......

    Upper left corner of the page. On a computer, not sure about mobile.
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    Walking shoes recommendations

    I also have foot/ankle/knee pain. My ankles pronate. It ended up being something easily addressed by custom made orthotics along with good shoes. An orthopedist can evaluate and make any needed recommendations. I'd start there as you don't want to cause any damage to the internal structures in your feet.
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    COVID and Gym-ing

    Absolutely @ms.sss! Once I break that habit/routine it is MUCH harder to start again. I really just have to go on auto-pilot, lol! Mornings are best for me as well.
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    COVID and Gym-ing

    It is very hard to motivate to workout at home!! Also, I'm afraid to go to gyms at this point, maybe for a LONG while. What works for me is waking, put on workout clothes and just do it (either before or after coffee). No time for talking myself out of it. Great music helps during. I tell myself I will do _______ X times a week on X days for X # of hours at X time, non-negotiable. My inner child that says "But I don't wanna!!" has NO choice. I usually feel so much better afterwards!
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    When did you get back to exercise?

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    When did you get back to exercise?

    Motivation is the key to long term success. It's been eight years since I've been overweight. I'm now at a point where I do NOT have uncontrollable cravings & am able to eat what I want as long as I balance the 'splurges' with healthy choices. Exercise is also key to long term success, as your weight goes down, your body will use less calories in general, exercise will fill in that growing gap between what you take in and what you burn off. Then find something that you can enjoy and stick with. It is vitally important to change your relationship with food & exercise, one small step at a time, right from the start. Otherwise, the surgery was for nothing. The surgery is a tool only.
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    When did you get back to exercise?

    Walking can begin within hours of surgery and increased as you feel comfortable. Walking helps with the trapped gas after surgery as well as helps to prevent blood clots. Your surgeon will guide you as far as more vigorous activity, as everyone is different. Best of luck on your journey! I can still remember how excited I was 😊
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    I have many physical issues. Went to my doctor and got a script for PT. Explained my goals to the PT, that I wanted to learn some exercises that I could do safely on my own. It was a great help!! PT would know best what is helpful/harmful for osteoarthritis and can provide you with some very useful guidance.
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    Post Sleeve Weight Gain

    It happens to many, as old habits creep back in. A taste while we're cooking, just a bite, the thinking, "Well, it's a special occasion" etc..... Go back to basics, back to the eating plan when you first began solid food Lean protein first plenty of calorie free liquid (stop 1/2 hour before eating and don't drink till 1/2 hour after eating) Non-starchy veggies Stay away from flour, sugar, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, starchy veggies (ie; potatoes, winter squash, con, peas, etc...) It worked then, it will work now. You'll be just fine! PS maybe either talk to the trainer and explain that you are just trying to build some lean muscle mass, not bulk up or maybe find a trainer more in tune with your needs
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    Restarted Pilates!

    That is AWESOME!! At first, I was reading excuse after excuse, but you persisted and figured a way around every single one!!! THAT is the way to success!! Keep up the great work!

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