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  1. Thank you @Kriss77! I hope I am able to distinguish between head hunger and real hunger as time goes on. Good luck to you as well! Are there any gastric bypass patients out there who can talk about when I should start to feel restriction?
  2. devotion

    What Was Your Biggest Challenge

    This thoughtful and honest post was so helpful to me! I just had surgery on 10/11/21 and am writing down these points and keeping them on my fridge. Thank you for posting this 😀
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    Any October 2021 Surgeries?

    Hi all! I am so thrilled to see so many replies to this topic! I got so busy pre-op that I haven't been able to post until now. I hope everyone who has already had their surgery is doing great and wish everyone good luck who will have the surgery soon! I had my surgery on October 11th. Everything went very well. I stayed in the hospital overnight. My only complaint was on the first night when I was experiencing pain where the incisions were (now the incisions are just unbearably itchy because they are healing). I wasn't hungry AT ALL for the first week or so and had a hard time getting all my water and protein in. This last week, however, I have been a bit hungrier and have been making some protein smoothies which have been really good for me I think. I just posted this in a separate thread, but I am terribly worried because I am feeling no constriction at all during this liquid phase. I start soft/pureed foods on 10/25 so I'm hoping I'll feel the constriction. Also experiencing what I think is head hunger rather than real hunger. Again, wish everyone the best!
  4. Hello all, I am 12 days post-op and everything went well with my surgery. I had a gastric bypass (lapband to gastric bypass revision to be precise). I am now on full liquids, but am not experiencing ANY feeling of constriction. I am so worried. Is this normal during the food stage I'm in? Now, I haven't tried chugging water or anything like that, but when drinking broth or smoothies, etc., I feel no constriction. On another note, I am experiencing what I think is "head hunger". I see advertisements for food and think that I want the food. However, I am pretty sure I do not feel any real hunger. How can I tell the difference? Thanks in advance for any advice!
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    Any October 2021 Surgeries?

    So nice to meet you! I'm sure you will achieve great success with this surgery! The lap band was horrible for me. Can't wait to have it out. I'm sorry you had complications. Sent from my SM-G981U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Any October 2021 Surgeries?

    So excited for you guys! I would love to hear more about you and your journey. I am 49, live in Austin and have struggled with weight my whole life. My surgery is actually a revision from the lap band to gastric bypass. I've spent the last three months researching like crazy and feel really great about this life changing decision! Sent from my SM-G981U using BariatricPal mobile app
  7. I am scheduled for gastric bypass on October 11th. So excited but nervous! Anyone else having surgery in October? Sent from my SM-G981U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Cigna Can't Make Up Its Mind

    I can't believe it. I just found out I am approved! It is on Cigna's website. I'll feel better once I speak to my surgeon's office, but this is amazing news. Sent from my SM-G981U using BariatricPal mobile app
  9. Best of luck to you! I'm sure it was hard staying in the hospital for so long, but glad to hear you are on the mend. I am having a revision surgery (though it is band to bypass). I've also had gallbladder surgery, so wondering just how much scar tissue there will be because of that and the band. I'm sure you will do great. Again, good luck!
  10. I am in the process of preparing for gastric bypass surgery. I have my first appointment with the dietician today. In advance of the appointment, he sent me the pre-op liver shrinking diet instructions. Upon reading it, I'm very skeptical in terms of how it can possibly shrink my liver. There is nothing about protein shakes, broths or other liquids (other than drinking 8 cups of sugar free liquids per day). Rather, the instructions have me eating 3 small meals a day. There are meals with meat and eggs and veggies. Some of the ingredients seem totally contradictory to shrinking the liver but I'm no doctor. Here are some that raised my eyebrows: Shredded cheese PB2 peanut butter Eggs Sour cream Ricotta cheese Cottage cheese Whole wheat pasta Granted, the diet does not call for a large amount of the above ingredients. But I am wondering if I should follow another pre-op diet - one that calls for at least 2 protein shakes a day and broth, etc. Any opinions on this? Thanks in advance!
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    Cigna Can't Make Up Its Mind

    Thank you! Honestly, I am not going to rely on the insurance company's verbal statements. I'll believe that I have coverage when I see that they have approved the surgery. In the meantime, I'm just going to plan to self pay. That way, I will be pleasantly surprised if I am covered. Thanks all for the responses!
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    Cigna Can't Make Up Its Mind

    Thank you @vikingbeast!
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    Cigna Can't Make Up Its Mind

    Unfortunately I can only see a summary of benefits, but not the actual policy. I will request it.
  14. devotion

    Cigna Can't Make Up Its Mind

    Thank you so much. What's weird is that Cigna has said my policy covers WLS and then has said that WLS is excluded under my policy. And now they are telling the coordinator at my surgeon's office that my policy DOES cover WLS. It's very disconcerting. I just want to know one way or the other.

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