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Ninabnina77

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    Ninabnina77 reacted to MeInLondon in Lapband removed now wanting a sleeve   
    Dr Fraye & Dr Ponce work together. They are a very experienced team so I am sure you’ll be in good hands. No I haven’t planned a date yet. Let me know how you get on. I’m guessing we must be similar weight by how much we have to lose!
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    Ninabnina77 reacted to MeInLondon in Lapband removed now wanting a sleeve   
    Hiya, wow our situation is the same. Dr Ponce was my very first choice but he’s not English speaking & this is v important to me! I liked everything about them though. I had the consult with Dr Fraye and they use a 36F. The other one of your surgeon choice isn’t a consideration for me. I’ve not seen a lot of positives so that’d be a no. Like you I also don’t have a lot to lose. I also have 40 pounds to lose.
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    Ninabnina77 reacted to Ninabnina77 in Lapband removed now wanting a sleeve   
    Your very welcome. Dr. Ortiz speaks perfect English and he lives in San Diego with his wife and daughter. He commutes to Tijuana to do his surgeries, see his patients and run his clinic (this fact made me feel a lot more comfortable with making the final decision in choosing him). As you can tell, I did loads and loads of research on this procedure, him and the OCC center, which has been named as a international center of excellence.
    Here is a link that may give you a better idea of Dr. Ortiz and his center.
    When I did this surgery, I had no one to help me or advise me. I was terrified about going to Tijuana and coming back experiencing major complications. All my family and friends were terrified and told me not to go to this surgery in Mexico. I did not even know about this community that could help me on bariatricpal until I was post op. I hope by sharing my experience and story I will be able to help you and others to not feel so alone (like I did) and make the right decision that fits your needs and gives you the results you seek. I feel so blessed that I found OCC and Dr. Ortiz.
    I know there are lots of Dr.'s in Mexico who charge less. But to me, paying the $7 k but knowing I made the best decision I could to chose the best center and surgeon for my needs was worth every penny. The last thing I wanted was to come back home to the US and deal with side effects and complications post op all alone, face my family and friends and deal with their "I told you so".
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    Ninabnina77 got a reaction from xoxoJade in Lowest priced sleeve self-pay in US   
    The 2 cheapest I have ever found is in Florida.

    $9,999
    (2 of my friends went here who are both doctors and are very happy so far)
    https://www.miamiobesitysurgery.com/gastricsleevemiami/



    $10,500
    https://www.gastricsleevesurgeryflorida.com/blog/cost-of-gastric-sleeve-surgery-is-it-worth-the-price-2401/
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    Ninabnina77 reacted to Bethy1234 in Dr. Ortiz or Dr. Cueva   
    thank you for all of your help!
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    Ninabnina77 reacted to nssmia in OCC patients; seeking input   
    I was sleeved 5/21. By dr Ariel Ortiz. Wonderful facility. The visiting hrs didn't bother me or my husband. We both need rest. Absolutely no issues. I'm an RN and did lots of research. No problems with payment. Cashiers check no problems
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    Ninabnina77 reacted to Please in Who was your Mexico Surgeon?   
    I haven't, to be honest I went with the OCC, cause they were on Operha , Dr.oz and another day time news show.... I would stick to there or with Dr.illan at oasis I think. Why go to the unknown.
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    Ninabnina77 reacted to tldolphin7777 in Post op   
    Surgery was August 19th. Everything is great except I believe the surgery threw me into a fibromyalgia flare. That would have happened with any Dr. My biggest surgical problem has been learning to get all of my Protein and Fluid in. It's harder than you think. Lol
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    Ninabnina77 got a reaction from KarenLR75 in Just sleeved 6-17-19!!   
    Here is a new video that was posted on YouTube today that explains the super sleeve. Hope it helps.



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    Ninabnina77 got a reaction from KarenLR75 in Just sleeved 6-17-19!!   
    Here is a new video that was posted on YouTube today that explains the super sleeve. Hope it helps.



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    Ninabnina77 got a reaction from Nay143 in Just sleeved 6-17-19!!   
    Hmmm, my experience has been totally different. I barely have had any pain, and drinking liquids has been just fine for me. I am starting to worry maybe my sleeve is not small enough or tight enough. I only had a some pain the first 2 days, by the 3rd day I was at the circus with my family in Mexico. Well I did have a lot of inflammation at the area where the fundus is in the stomach, so they gave me a steroid shot twice, once on the 2nd day post op and another one on the 4 th post OP day, maybe that's what speed up my recovery. As far as drinking enough liquids, I recommend keeping Vitamin Water zero or Powerade zero next to you at all times and just taking a few sips every 5 to 10 min. This method helped me a lot to get 64 fl oz in a day. I really wanted to do my surgery back here in LA, but health insurance would not cover my surgery because I was not fat enough for them yet. Anyway I am so happy I found you, since we almost got out surgeries around the same time, we can compare our progress together. [emoji173] I hope and pray this works for both of us. [emoji120]

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    Ninabnina77 reacted to SLSH in Just sleeved 6-17-19!!   
    The staple and the stitches he has been doing for awhile. More recently he started adding a few stitches to anchor the stomach in place. This will keep us from getting hernias. (They cut a bunch of tissue to get the big part of the stomach out and it can leave it more free floating and can cause hernias.
    This link explains what our surgeon does.

    http://edu.occbalance.com/app/public/occ/education/lesson/eyJpdiI6IlZcL1lqZTlIR1pmTEdMMjF5WHBWMDJBPT0iLCJ2YWx1ZSI6IlZIZURPVnNNOFNUVkRPSHRGTTZETUdLSDVMWWc1aGxFT3Y4c21hYk1cL1FvPSIsIm1hYyI6ImZmYTJlOGM2NGY1MjgxNWYzMWFjZTJjYWRmMmYwMmI1ZDhjMWI5MzI1OGQzNTVhMWIwMjM4ODkxZGYzM2M3OTEifQ==
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    Ninabnina77 got a reaction from Frustr8 in Post op   
    Hi Sladley, the best thing you could have done is get your PCP on board, his/her support is imperative. Now the most important part of this surgery is finding a well know Dr. you can trust over there. I did months and months of research before I chose Dr. Ariel Ortiz, thank God both him and the outcome of my surgery came our fantastic. I also showed my family and friends were also scared like yours, but after I showed them all my surgeons reviews on Google reviews, Yelp and realself every went on board and started supporting. If your surgery goes well, you should be fine and will not need any additional surgeries or procedures once you come back to the USA.

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    Ninabnina77 got a reaction from VIKING 0424 in BELITE WEIGHTLOSS JUAREZ MX   
    I alao had my vsg done in Mexico by Dr Ariel Ortiz at OCC on June 12th 2019. My experience has been fantastic, let me know if you have any questions.

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    Ninabnina77 got a reaction from Frustr8 in Post op   
    Hi Sladley, the best thing you could have done is get your PCP on board, his/her support is imperative. Now the most important part of this surgery is finding a well know Dr. you can trust over there. I did months and months of research before I chose Dr. Ariel Ortiz, thank God both him and the outcome of my surgery came our fantastic. I also showed my family and friends were also scared like yours, but after I showed them all my surgeons reviews on Google reviews, Yelp and realself every went on board and started supporting. If your surgery goes well, you should be fine and will not need any additional surgeries or procedures once you come back to the USA.

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    Ninabnina77 got a reaction from Frustr8 in Post op   
    Hi Sladley, the best thing you could have done is get your PCP on board, his/her support is imperative. Now the most important part of this surgery is finding a well know Dr. you can trust over there. I did months and months of research before I chose Dr. Ariel Ortiz, thank God both him and the outcome of my surgery came our fantastic. I also showed my family and friends were also scared like yours, but after I showed them all my surgeons reviews on Google reviews, Yelp and realself every went on board and started supporting. If your surgery goes well, you should be fine and will not need any additional surgeries or procedures once you come back to the USA.

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    Ninabnina77 got a reaction from missy7569 in Just sleeved 6-17-19!!   
    Hi Brittany, I would love to be your sleeve sister. I just had the sleeve last Wednesday, June 12th 2019 in Mexico. I live in Los Angeles and am so excited about the journey ahead of me.

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    Ninabnina77 got a reaction from brittanyatwalsh in Just sleeved 6-17-19!!   
    Hi Brittany, I am doing good, a lot better than expected. My sleeve was done by Dr. Ariel Ortiz in Tijuana, he did a fantastic job. How are you and recovering going for you? Where did you get yours done and where do you live?

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    Ninabnina77 reacted to arrivan in New around here   
    Hello,

    I just now found this place. Better late than never I guess. on July 9th 2018 I weighed 508lbs. I am a 38 year old male who is 6'1. At the end of my rope I didn't know where to turn next. It was during one frustrated exchange with the CEO at my work during lunch that he asked why I didn't consider a weight loss surgery. I quickly replied I had, but the companies insurance didn't cover it. He made a promise to me that if I gave it my best shot he would make sure it was covered. I began working with my primary on the referral while he began working with our health insurance. Our plan year rolled on January 1 and the Sleeve and Bypass were included. I started with the local weight and wellness center in November and in May I completed the 6 months of required program required by the insurance. I am scheduled for the Sleeve on Monday June 10th 2019. As of today I am 428 lbs. I have been doing the two weeks of 3 Protein Shakes with a small 300 calorie meal as ordered by my nutritionist and have stuck to it rigidly.

    So Monday's the big day. I have been given 4 weeks off paid from my work for recovery and now my nerves are kicking up. In seek of actual stories about what the days after surgery were like I asked my trusted friend google which lead me here. I have been reading everything for the past two days and I kind of wish my program had pointed me in this direction sooner.


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