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  1. GBLady41


    Hi, I had MGB surgery in Tijuana, Mexico with Dr. Illan. I went through BariatricPal MX. I had my surgery in a full service hospital (Oasis of Hope) with a full medical staff and surgical staff. The hospital doctors, nurses and staff were very attentive with me, coming in my room seconds after I pushed the nurse button. Not a speaker conversation, they came to my room to see what I needed. They took my vitals every few hours and changed my bandages frequently. I never had to wait on any of my meds. The hospital was cleaner than in the US. They cleaned it at least a couple of times a day, including the walls. The BariatricPal MX valets were attentive and made sure that myself and my companion were well taken care of. I stayed in the hospital for three days, then once approved for discharge, was taken to Pueblo Amigo Hotel & Casino. My companion and I stayed in a junior suite with a mini fridge, microwave, safe, coffee pot, two double beds and a sitting area. We stayed two days there. I paid $5400 for myself and my companion, three-day hospital stay, two- day hotel stay, and we received a 'gift' package from BariatricPal MX that included fluids and protein I would need and a book that talks about bariatric surgery. We also received vouchers from the hotel that allowed us to get some broth from downstairs. Dr. Illan does only four surgeries a day, if that many, so you know he's not trying to rush you through. And whenever I have a question, I can email him and he will reply. He's the best! He is certified and as of now, is an international member of the ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) He will take care of you. I found BariatricPal MX by accident actually. I was looking online at the BariatricPal store (store.bariatricpal.com) and a chat popped up and I clicked on it and saw it was about BariatricPal MX and how much they charge for bariatric surgery. I started chatting with them and set up an appointment with the coordinator, Bill Yanez. The rest is history. I am more than 8 months out from surgery and have lost almost 100 lbs since surgery. I couldn't be happier!!!
  2. I had my surgery in Tijuana, Mexico with Dr. Illan. I worked with Bill Yanez of BariatricPal MX and he answered all of my questions. He is an adult and anyone you speak to at BariatricPal MX are adults. Payment is handled through a credit card or Wells Fargo. You can ask Mr. Yanez for more information on that. However, you first must fill out an extensive Health Questionnaire and be approved. Then, if you are approved, you give a deposit (I paid $500) in order to schedule and guarantee your surgery date. And you will have a certain amount of time to pay the balance, depending on how far out your surgery date is. I believe full payment is due one to two weeks before your surgery. As far as primary doctors, each one will react differently to your getting the surgery in Mexico. But...how I looked at it is like this: I'm paying you to be MY primary doctor...if you don't like it, I will simply fire you and get someone else who will give me the care that I need. For me, I asked my endocrinologist to continue care, because she is the one who suggested I get surgery. And her care was simply giving me blood tests at three month intervals. She agreed to do that for me. Other than blood tests, I have not needed any extra care for my surgery. Should any complications arise once you get home, there are different insurance companies that do different things. I would check out your particular company to see what they say. However, I have seen on many forums that if you go to the ER, they cannot deny you treatment, irregardless of where you had a surgery. Also, there is insurance you can purchase, I believe, that will give you coverage for an amount of time after surgery. I would call Bill Yanez and ask him all of your questions. He is very attentive and will listen to your every concern. You can also talk to, Skype with, and email Dr. Illan with any questions and concerns.
  3. GBLady41

    Day two after my MGB

    I am more than 8 months out from MGB. It does get easier. I used the Gas-X strips. They worked great for me. I still use them every great once in a while when I get bloated. During my first week of healing I started sleeping on my side, using a small pillow to put under my stomach so I wouldn't feel that 'movement' on the inside of me. That took a little getting used to lol... I didn't have too much pain after surgery. More like soreness and gas pains, which were really helped by walking. The more walking I did, the more I farted. Other than feeling like I had no energy at the end of the 2nd week after surgery, I have been feeling fine. Healing good. And to date I have lost 99 lbs since surgery, and 145 lbs from my heaviest weight. Take it a day at a time. Walk. Walk. Walk. It gets better. [emoji2][emoji41][emoji854][emoji16][emoji4][emoji38][emoji13]
  4. I lost 12 lbs the 2nd month and 12.6 lbs the 3rd month.
  5. I didn't have a revision but I did have the MGB. My recovery took a few weeks to get my energy back. I was walking a couple of hours after surgery. About a couple of weeks after surgery, I didn't have much energy and my nutritionist told me to start with a little of a protein shake a few days early. It worked. I got my energy back and haven't had any issues since.
  6. Sounds a little rehearsed to me. Not to mention the fact that you didn't even spell the surgeon's name right. Surely if he was your surgeon, the least research you would have done is to learn the correct spelling of his name. Seems like the fake testimonial is coming from you. We really need to do research, and not listen to people who can't even spell 'their' surgeon's name.
  7. Something I learned from my nutritionist that would have worked for me way before surgery was when I worked out, your muscles need two things: fluids and protein. So make sure to get in more and more protein before and after you work out. Also, drink lots of fluids (I drink Smart Water or Essentia-both have electrolytes added) so that there will be no water weight, because you are fueling your muscles and body while you're working out. I'm 8 months out and have been weight training and cardio since I was 4 months out. I have not gained any weight whatsoever. Instead, I kept losing. A slower loss, but for the better. I'm so much more toned and fit. Fluids and protein. The more, the better.
  8. I work out 5 days a week. I'm on the elliptical for an hour all 5 days. I'm on the recumbent bike 3 days a week, when I don't weight train. I also weight train two days a week, one of those days at the gym. Soon I'm also going to incorporate resistance training.
  9. I agree. I will never understand why people come on any public site, post something, then have the nerve to get mad at the responses. Having a knife fight with someone? Yea...that's a problem. Trying to 'test your limits' at six weeks? That's a problem. Your motivations may be strong enough. But from your own post, it doesn't sound like it. And the bullying someone else because they are not patting you on the back? Come on now. Can we be adults? This is MY opinion and judgment on what you posted.
  10. I'm like you [mention=194772]jess9395[/mention]. I have been working out basically from week 4 on, increasing it continually, until recently when I decided to change it up from twice a week at the gym to once a week at the gym, only because I wanted to switch the type of weight training I do, and I can do that at home with my hand weights and ankle/wrist weights. Even though it is much less amounts of weights, I still get the same results. From about six weeks post op on, I have been working out 5 days a week, 1 hr on the elliptical, and 35 minutes on the recumbent bike, in addition to weight training at the gym. I decided early on that I want to not only be healthy but fit. Exercising like that did not cause any stalls or hunger for me too. Also, for me, one of the reasons I got surgery was because I couldn't exercise. And I love exercising. Call it the 'tomboy' in me. I compete with myself and I love it!! I am still around 800 calories a day at 8 months out. And I have more than enough energy to do whatever I want, all the while my body is burning fat for at least 3 days after I weight train. So...basically all the time. I also have resistance bands I plan on adding in at some point, because when I do travel, I can add a resistance band routine to whatever fitness center the hotel has, so I can continue on my journey to fitness. I also drink one protein shake a day because it helps me get my protein in and it fits my lifestyle. Working out for me is not an option. It's part of me getting my life back. It's not an obligation. It's a joy. And...my muscles continue to get stronger and leaner. I also make sure to get protein and fluids before and after I workout. And I have much less loose skin than I would have if I wasn't working out. I am about 16 lbs from goal and I'm so excited!!!
  11. GBLady41

    2017 MGB patient's!

    I am 8 months out from MGB, and for me, I still have gas. It's not everyday, but when I have it, it's brutal. I don't take anything for it. I have heard some people taking probiotics and that has helped them. But I just deal. It does get a little better with time. It has with me. [emoji40]
  12. I was on Metformin because I have PCOS and I didn't really lose weight. And after I hit 260 lbs, I couldn't lose another pound. Metformin is for diabetes or pre-diabetes and PCOS. It's not for losing weight.
  13. Well, the point of ANY show is to make money. So I'm not sure that's supposed to be a bad thing. The show also opens the world of the disease of obesity, like no other show ever has. It is not only relatable by obese people, but also by those family or friends of obese people who won't listen to their obese loved one. Bottom line? That show has many many viewers. Thankfully, people who are obese can be heard like never before. Entertainment? I doubt it. Most people looking for entertainment would not turn on this show. Before I had surgery, watching that show helped me tremendously. I actually couldn't believe that there was such a show. Dr. Nowzardan is one of the best bariatric surgeons on the planet. And he gets to show the world the issues with the disease, the surgeries, and how the success of losing weight is up to the person, not the surgery, all of which are true. There are definitely people in this world who are not obese who have somewhat of a better understanding about it because of this show. Is it perfect? No. But does it need to be. I'm also glad they show completely stubborn people, who refuse to follow the doctors orders, a lot like real life. As far as why we are obese, there are a lot of reasons, including illness(s) (like me) and everyone's story is different. Another reason I like the show. So I will be watching that show, and hope it continues on for years to come.
  14. GBLady41

    Protein Requirements As We Loose

    Wls patients need more protein than non-wls patients. Our nutritional needs have changed.
  15. I agree with@talkingmountain, except want to add that another essential is that it must connect to iPhone, iWatch steps and HR app, and actually have burned calories for weight training. I use MFP and I like it. So this app must be like that but better. I like MFP's variety of cardio exercises and the calories burned. I don't need a reminder about taking vitamins because I use vitamin patches. Exporting information to a spreadsheet is a want, not a need. I need to be able to enter a recipe name and the database be able to pull it from the internet, give me the accurate amount of carbs, calories, protein, etc. instead of having to put in the recipe items one by one. It needs to be able to access Pinterest (a lot of the recipes I want to try is on Pinterest) as well as the internet. I'd like to be able to scan a barcode if typing it in doesn't work. It has to be like MFP in the ability to have databases including restaurants and their current menus in order to get accurate results. I also like MFP because you can join challenges, it tells you when you go over a nutrient, and gives you badges for accomplishments. I need those. They are a big help.
  16. Pre-op 298 lbs/BMI was 47/Size 22/24 Current 161 lbs/BMI is 25/Size 8/10?
  17. GBLady41

    The Wound is Where the Light Enters You

    Good article. The only thing that makes me think twice is the example of a child flying from couch to couch and being told to 'get off that couch now!' - instead of 'look at how strong and powerful you are' and how saying the first thing automatically starts a wound in a child. I disagree with that. I wasn't allowed to jump on the furniture. But I was allowed to have a cape on and go through the house acting like a superhero if I wanted to. And a parent can say both things while at the same time teaching their child that jumping on furniture is not accepted, and how big and strong he or she is. I certainly don't think that allowing a child to jump on furniture is going to keep them from forming a wound - emotional, physical, or otherwise. As a parent myself, I don't allow children to jump on my furniture. That certainly doesn't cause wounds in children. Maybe a better example would be a child skinning their knee, and a parent saying 'don't cry! Crying is for babies,' versus a parent saying 'let me take a look at it. It's ok. We'll fix it.' Or something to that effect.
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    Berry Good!

    Still too many carbs for me. Maybe once I get to weight maintenance mode.
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    Impact on children

    The only thing you can do is to continue to model healthy eating in front of her. You didn't 'build' these bad habits in her. She chose to eat the bad foods. You didn't give yourself a way out...you took a course of action that can give you your life back. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. That's the best thing you and your husband can do. Her limitations in activity could be a great talking point to help her to limit her own portions, because doing so would help her to be more active with less weight. And finally, helping yourself is definitely NOT hurting your child. She supports you so she knows what this means to you and her father. As a parent, the best you can do is give examples of how to live, how to eat, how to be healthy, etc. My child is 19 and I had surgery last December. She supports me. She's also going through her own identity crisis. She sees me eating healthy, but she doesn't. Counseling may help, but understand that she has to find her own way. Change is always hard. But she will bounce back. And she's 13....having touchy points come with the territory. She needs to know that with her good choices, she can soon be going with you to different stores because she has lost weight. It's all about choices.
  20. GBLady41


    I get at least 100 grams of protein a day, and at least 134 oz of fluids a day. Protein and fluids are the most important things to get. And the more active you are, the more protein and fluids you need. As far as calories, it's more about what you're eating, not the number of calories. If you are eating a lot of protein, veggies, good things, you are fueling your body. It doesn't matter how many calories you're eating. I'm almost seven months post op and I still eat between 700 and 800 calories a day. And I'm very active. And still losing weight every week. I tried to eat more calories but it didn't help me at all. I will continue to eat the same amount of calories as long as I'm fueling my body.
  21. GBLady41

    Is this really true???

    And for sleeve patients as well.
  22. GBLady41

    Plastic Surgery?

    I think what it really is is understanding that the US and Canada are not countries with a high standard of medical care. There is better care in Europe compared to the US. As far as Tijuana being this dangerous place, I was there. I wasn't in any danger at all. I took my daughter. She wasn't in any danger at all. Bottom line - there are cities in the US that are a lot more dangerous. But...to each his own...if you want to spend more money and receive less care and get discharged 24 hours after your surgery and hope you can get in touch with your surgeon and/or nutritionist in a decent amount of time when you have a question, have it in the states. At the end of the day, you have to be happy with your choice.
  23. I'm not so sure about that. I believe I had my surgery around 12. Our flight landed around 8:13 am. We were taken to the hospital, filled out paperwork, was taken to my hospital room, changed, had IV put in, blood tests and x-rays done, given anxiety medication, then was being wheeled back for surgery. I think the surgery time depends on when you arrive. But I know I definitely didn't wait until after 2pm.
  24. GBLady41

    Preop weight loss

    I had to lose 5% of my heaviest weight, which was 298 lbs. So I had to lose basically 14 lbs in six months. It took me all six months to lose that 14 lbs, due to having PCOS. I couldn't exercise so it was all diet. It was the toughest six months of my life. But it also helped me to learn how to persevere and get it done. That experience has helped me with my eating lifestyle now.
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    Friends not so friendly?

    My reply... "Thanks girl!" [emoji16]