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  1. Sleeve1stFitNext

    Before and After Panniculectomy

    This surgery was on 10/6.
  2. Oh man!!! It has been a long, long, long time since I have posted. I do apologize. I have been posting on Instagram. But here is an update: 

    1) I finally got my panniculectomy (10/6/2018) and I am loving it. 

    2) I was approved for a revision, so that will be done in April. 

    I will post pictures. 









    1. Coexister


      Congratulations! Thank you for sharing. Was the panniculectomy covered by insurance? Was it very expensive?

    2. bigjoe1234


      Congratulations long time

  3. Sleeve1stFitNext

    United Health Care Insurance

    I am writing this to help those whom have United Health Care. Here are the following things to know and tips: Before reading these tips, contact UHC for confirmation that Bariatric surgery is covered under your plan. Confirm the requirements. Confirm that your surgeon and his associated hospital is In-Network (if they are not, it will be like paying for the surgery without insurance). Make sure you have an understanding of what the insurance wants to see or have done. 1) You are eligible if you have a 40 BMI or Higher / Greater than 35 BMI with Co-Morbidity. 2) Once you find your surgeon, you will have to do 6 months worth of testing, dieting and education. 3) You will have to make 6 visits (once a month). This does not include your consultation. 4) One of your visits will be with a Psychological Evaluation. This will determine your surgeons view and the insurance company's view of your case. They take a look at your mental and emotional health. They ask about your family and your support systems. They may ask you how you feel about yourself. Stay away from the negative views you may have of your body. Understand that they have seen hundreds of people like you and may have some prejudice in regards to whether you will succeed or not. Remind them that you are a person, not a statistic and bring some human to your discussion. 5) Your surgeon may require you to keep an eating and exercise journal. I use MyFitnessPal and I have a FitBit. 6) You will be asked to do an EKG to see how strong your heart is. 7) You may be asked to do a sleep study. Depending on your surgeon, it can be a requirement. In my case, the insurance company denied it. They did not deem it as a necessity. 8) You will have to do an Ultrasound which is to see if you have any issues with your liver (fatty liver disease) or other organs. 9) The next thing is an endoscopy. This requires you to head to an outpatient clinic, be sedated and have a tube stuck down your throat. I learned that I had an hiatal hernia (where part of the stomach enters the diaphragm). This can cause you heart burn. Be aware of H. Pylori. This is a bacteria that can cause ulcers and heart burn as well. It takes a lot of antibiotics to cure. Be mindful that your throats will be sore and some sharp pains may occur as they most likely scrapped some samples from your digestive tract. 10) In between these visits, you will see an dietitian and nutritionist for further help. They will slowly walk you through changing your eating habits. Be honest with them. It is very important in the long run. Also try to keep your weight lost in small amounts. If you lose too much in a short period of time, the surgeon and insurance company will feel like you can lose the remaining weight alone. 11) Your last visit will consist of an overview. The surgeon will check your weight and may discuss further with you about your feelings towards the surgery. Hopefully you are approved by the surgeon. My surgeon was great during the process. I met with him more times than anyone else. He literally kept giving my information and sites to read to understand this tool. 12) They will then submit your information to the insurance company. Now it can take up to 2 - 6 weeks for approval. I was approved in one week. My fellow UHC Members, I hope this assist you in your endeavors. 6 months will fly by so quickly you won't even realize it. Remember education is the key to success. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  4. Sleeve1stFitNext

    13-Month Post Op

    April 2018
  5. Sleeve1stFitNext

    I am Severely Obese!

    Congratulations. It is weird that the smallest changes make us the happiest. You appreciate these little moments because you work hard to get down to each level.
  6. Sorry I have not been around much for the Month of May. It has been a busy month. I am trying to buy my first investment property, as a well as my workload picking up. Some things that I changed. I bought dresses. I continue to work a lot. I am now known as a "Gym Rat" which I wear proudly. I dyed my hair blonde because I was bored. 





    1. Newme17


      Look at you hon! I love the dress! I’ve bought two in the past two weeks myself. Glad you’re doing alright and still hitting the gym. I haven’t been around much myself these days, just busy. Glad I checked the site today! :D

    2. Newme17


      Did you see my before/after? Of course, I’m still in progress

    3. Sosewsue61


      Look at you all cute in that dress! Your arms are really looking toned.

  7. Sleeve1stFitNext

    Tummy Tuck

    Thank you everyone. I have spoken with a Surgeon here in NYC $14,000 for a Tummy Tuck. For Bariatric Hospital MX, they are asking for $11,000 for Tummy Tuck, lipo and fixing my back. All and all it is a lot of money, either way, I look at it. I thought it would be a lot cheaper at least almost $8,000 but I am still in the double digits here. I have decided to do what my friends have been saying. Give my body another year or hardcore working out and weight training. They feel like it will help alleviate a lot of the fat and help tighten some of the loose skin.
  8. Sleeve1stFitNext

    Tummy Tuck

    Hi all!!! As I reach my 1-year post-op, I am considering an Extended Tummy Tuck plus Lipo. I was wondering if anyone has had an Extended Tummy Tuck with Lipo done either at the BariatricPal Hospital or anywhere else and can recommend them? Also, what was the apprx. cost of your surgery? Thank you.
  9. So I busted my butt at the gym literally. Not Every Workout Will Be Graceful.

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext


      @Mattymatt I fall at least twice a week, but I get back up and go at it again. I wanted to show people that it is not always going to smooth and easy. That there will be falls and the only thing you can do is get back up and do it again. I hit the gym almost 6 times a week now and I still am not graceful. Besides, I love the fact that I fall all the time, it makes my arms stronger when I am pushing myself back up.

    3. Mattymatt


      I want to start taking cycling classes at the gym and I know I won't be graceful because of my frame size but I don't care. Group exercise is more rewarding for me than doing it on my own.

    4. Sleeve1stFitNext


      Those classes are awesome. I fell off so it will happen.

  10. Sleeve1stFitNext

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    From the album: 13-Month Post Op

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    Fitness 2

    From the album: April Workouts

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    April Workouts

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    Working out

    From the album: April Workouts

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    From the album: April Workouts