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  1. Bowels after surgery

    I don’t either but it happens.
  2. Bowels after surgery

    That’s not true for everyone. I didn’t have diarrhea during my liquid diet.
  3. Hi hk1100, I had MGB survey outside the US on 12/12/16. Bile Reflux - in my research before surgery, I found that most MGB patients do not suffer with bile reflux. Surgeons who are really experienced with MGB can make sure their patients don’t experience bile reflux. Foul-smelling stool - all bariatric surgeries cause both foul-smelling stools and gas. For some people, taking probiotics can help with that. But it is a trade off for being healthier. Malnutrition - most MGB patients don’t suffer from malnutrition as long as they follow their surgeon’s post-op instructions. Other than vitamin patches, I’m not doing anything extra other than making sure I get my protein and fluids. I would recommend MGB surgery to anyone looking into having weight loss surgery.
  4. That really wasn’t science. That was a statement. So you really didn’t say anything. I don’t need to do any homework. I have lived exercising and weight training for longer than you’ve been out of high school. I have worked with personal trainers on and off for years. And... most importantly, I have experienced it for myself. I physically saw a reduction of my loose skin after I started working out and as I continued to work out, still losing weight, but not increasing in loose skin as I would have had I not been exercising. That’s my science. My life. Say what you want, but nothing beats real life experiences. So...unless you’re going to call me a liar, respect that I know what happened to my body, and I have seen countless posts from people like me who have experienced the exact same results. I’ve been here for a while, way before I had surgery in 2016.
  5. Sorry. That’s not science. Show me the science please. I’ll wait...
  6. Cannot stick to pre op diet

    Any good surgeon will abort a surgery if the liver has not shrunk enough. The surgeon won’t put his patients’ life in danger.
  7. Cannot stick to pre op diet

    You are not alone...but you CAN DO IT! Remind yourself that if your liver is too big your surgeon won’t do the surgery. It’s that important. Why go through all this to end up not getting the surgery? YOU CAN DO THIS!!
  8. Failure...

    Eating a lot of carbs will definitely not help you lose weight. I agree that using a food tracking app will help you to see what you are eating and make the necessary changes to start weight loss. I also agree that you need to see your nutritionist and come up with a plan to correct your eating habits for long term weight loss.
  9. You do not need an adapter. You may want to bring a power strip for your electronics. They do come in handy.
  10. Mexico

    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!!!
  11. 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.
  12. 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]
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Protein Requirements As We Loose

    Wls patients need more protein than non-wls patients. Our nutritional needs have changed.
  19. Pre-op 298 lbs/BMI was 47/Size 22/24 Current 161 lbs/BMI is 25/Size 8/10?
  20. Berry Good!

    Still too many carbs for me. Maybe once I get to weight maintenance mode.
  21. 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.
  22. Protein

    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.
  23. Is this really true???

    And for sleeve patients as well.
  24. 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.
  25. Friends not so friendly?

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