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Tralynn222

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  1. I don't think you'll be disappointed with your decision. I had the revision from the Band to MGB in Dec of last year and couldn't be happier. I had the band for 12 years and never lost any weight. Now, since having the MGB I've lost 83 lbs in 7 months. I always hated how the band felt when I ate, now I just feel full. It's not painful or aggravating like that band was. Good Luck to you!
  2. I too am having issues like this. Every morning as soon as I have anything to eat or drink, it's straight to the bathroom for at least three to four visits. The gas is atrocious and very hard to control. I seriously hope it isn't like this the rest of my life.
  3. Today is day 30 (postop) for me. I'm able to eat just about anything as long as I chew it up really well and wait at least 45 seconds between bites. I'm using Patch vitamins and I must say, they must be working because my nails have never been this strong. I've lost 26 lbs and 20" overall. I've hit the dreaded stall and have been here for the past two weeks. The scale has not budged. I'm trying to keep the faith that it will begin moving again in the right direction. I've been taking Tylenol for the headaches and it seems to work well.
  4. I've had this PCP for years and she knows my struggle with weight loss. She knows that in order for me to lose the weight I need the surgery but she doesn't support my decision to have it in Mexico. She says that I need to have it here in the States where things are regulated and if I choose to still have it then she won't be my "go to" person if something happens and I need a doctor. Does anyone have a similar experience? I could really use some advice.
  5. Today is day 15 for me. I'm struggling with my energy level and I also feel like I either pulled a muscle in my ab or I have an incisional hernia. I get major pain when I engage that muscle. I'm praying it's just a strain. I'm on soft solids and doing well. Trying to get in my protein. To date I've lost 24 lbs but the scale hasn't moved in a few days. Hoping it's the three week stall everyone talks about.
  6. Tralynn222

    December Surgeries!

    Sorry to hear! That sounds dreadful. If you don't mind me asking, what's RXH?
  7. My doctor told me to take it for one month. 🤷‍♀️
  8. Tralynn222

    December Surgeries!

    Hello peeps, I had my revision from Lap-Band to Mini-Gastric Bypass on Dec 29th in Mexico at Mexico Bariatric Center. Today I'm 9 days Post-op and I feel pretty good. Still on the Full liquid phase which is fine for me because I have zero hunger and have no desire to eat anything. Yesterday was the first day I actually had some dizziness and nausea after I showered but I think it's my body adjusting to my vitamins. I'm using Patch vitamins from PatchMD. I went back to work yesterday (desk job) but only worked until noon due to the nausea. Took a zofran, slept all afternoon and when I woke up the nausea was gone. Today I feel much better.
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    Really having a hard time with my band...

    I too am 4 yrs out and have had a similiar story to yours. I had to have a complete unfill in Oct 09'. Went through 2010 without any saline at all and gradually put back on 30 lbs. In Oct '10 I decided to put this "tool" back to work. At that time my doc gave me 4 cc's and I was able to eat anything I wanted but still watched what I ate and exercised. Today I went back for another fill and I had gained another five pounds since Oct. Talk about frustrating. What I find for me (I'm 41) that during my TOM is when my band gets really tight. It could be the week before, the week during or even the week after, and sometimes all three. It's very unpredictable. Also, I think I'm pre-menopausal, so my hormones make it tight on a whim as well. Now this may not be what's causing your tightness, but perhaps it is. It's just something to think about.
  10. I am just curious as to how many of you are experiencing something similiar. I believe that I'm pre-menopausal which is making my band so tight that somedays water is hard to get down. I had to have my band completely unfilled back in January and my doc slowly put the saline back in. Before I was unfilled I had 7 cc's in a 14cc band but now I only have 5cc's and still I'm having more tight days than not. I'd really hate to go any lower in my band than that.
  11. I highly recommend Dr. Erbella. He has been nothing but spectacular since I was banded. I have nothing negative to say about him and the people at his office.
  12. Hi Ashley,

     

    Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you..wow, I didn't even know that I had a message! I actually had my band performed up at Manatee Memorial Hospital by The Bradenton Surgical Group, Dr. Gary Bunch and Dr. Jose Erbella. I highly recommend them. This has been such an amazing tool in helping me lose this weight that I've struggled with my entire life.

     

    It's definitely had its ups and downs, it hasn't been easy and I've definitely had to work at this..it isn't an easy ride, trust me, but I do recommend it for those that can't lose the weight on their own.

     

    If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at tralynn222@aol.com and I promise not to take so long to answer you!

     

    Good Luck!

  13. Hi, Well, the 6 mos supervised diet wasn't with Dr. Bagan's office, it was with my PCP, so yes...they just took everything I had and submitted to my insurance to which they had NO problem getting paid for it. Don't worry, you should start to feel better and better everyday. If you get gas pains, (which most do) make sure you get up and walk around. Also, GAS-X was my salvation in the beginning. I had my surgery on Wednesday and was back to work the following Monday. I was a little weak when I returned but not a lot of pain or discomfort.
  14. Well, there you go. Had I been a self-pay, I too wouldn't have had any issues with them. But, even after I had the six month diet down and documented, Sandy still had me going through hoop after hoop trying to prove that my insurance would pay it, even after my insurance rep told them over the phone that no pre-authorization was even required. It took me a year and half, a lot of tears, and then she just got plain tired of my phone calls that she told me that she was throwing away my file and that they could no longer help me. I met with Dr. Bunch the next day and he had me scheduled for surgery 10 days later. He told me that all my documentation was in order and that Dr. Bagan's office had no clue what they were doing. What an amazing feeling that was to finally be there. I'm one day away from my bandiversary, down 58 lbs but I can't help but be bitter that I would be two and half years down..yanno? Anyhow....stay strong, let me know if you have any questions, I would certainly be glad to help.
  15. I had no issue with Dr. Bagan himself, I've never met the man so no worries there. As I stated, it was his staff, namely S*ndy. I'm not going to go into how highly inept they are (she is) when it comes to dealing with insurance, but a year ago, she had no clue. Perhaps now that it's been a year, she's learned a thing or two. I hope things went much better for you and glad to see that your surgery was a success. Good Luck!!
  16. Tralynn222

    Nymphs around the world check in!

    Hey Everyone! I'm still here "lurking" around. I've been struggling with losing so slowly but averaging about a pound a week, which my doc is happy with (wish I was) so I just keep plugging along. Congrats to everyone's successes so far!
  17. Tralynn222

    I too am a slow loser

    Hey there. I was banded back in Nov and to date have only lost 29lbs. I know that it's 29lbs that are gone forever, but it's hard to see other people that have been banded at the same time as me have lost double so far. I kept waiting for restriction to come before I even started to eat right and exercise, so I know that it's my fault. Since I finally reached my "sweet spot" I have definitely been losing but not as fast as I'd like (of course). I just lurk around these boards for support and tell myself that inch by inch, it'll come off, if I continue to work hard and use this band in the manner in which it was designed. My doctor and his team have been so supportive and non-judgemental since I began this journey. He keeps telling me it'll happen and slowly I'm starting to believe him. :smile2:
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    Dr. Gary Bunch/Dr.Erbella,Bradenton

    Islandgirl: I don't know how much they charge for a fill because my insurance covers them. They charge my ins $180 per fill but it may be different for paying customers. They do the fill in office - no fluoroscopy. If the port is hard to locate they use an ultrasound to mark the spot. FYI - I had the surgery on a Wed and was back to work the following Monday. :wink2:
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    Dr. Gary Bunch/Dr.Erbella,Bradenton

    I have no idea if they would do fills on someone who lives out of the country. You would have to call them and find out. Sorry...and good luck!!
  20. Hey there! I live in North Port, FL. I was banded by Dr. Gary Bunch & Dr. Erbella at the Bradenton Surgical Group. I HIGHLY recommend them. I had issues with Dr. Bagan's office staff which is why I switched to BSG. I would suggest talking with Kris with BSG regarding your insurance. Why pay for the surgery if you can get it covered? If you have any questions, please let me know!!
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    Dr. Gary Bunch/Dr.Erbella,Bradenton

    Hey Lynne!! I was banded by Dr. Bunch and I love the whole crew over there. Dr. Erbella does my fills and he is the best! By now you should be banded...would love to know how it all went for you.
  22. Tralynn222

    Anyone looking to lose 300+?

    Becky, You are my new hero!! Thanks for the huge inspiration. I will think of you often when I feel I can't do this.... now I know that I CAN!!
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