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BlaqBeary

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  1. Anyone can answer. Patients in the Southern CA Kaiser area. If it has been discussed with your primary doctor or cosmetic surgeon, what is the wait time to have this procedure done? I will for sure need one?
  2. I cannot wait til all this is done. My PANN area of my lower abdomen is beginning to get on my last nerve. It would be nice to have this removed instead of VSG, but then I may not still be happy, huh. How do some of you feel with your hanging Pann/Apron pre and post op?
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    My APRON ----UGHHHH!!!!

    Thank you.....Krys
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    My APRON ----UGHHHH!!!!

    I went to post-op today and my drains were taken out. Still swollen, Feeling even better today. Walked a lil faster, but took my time. Doctor says okay to exercise daily, but add on 5 minutes each day. Drink plenty of Water. No stitches were removed because their dissolvable. Krys
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    Cleansers?

    Try www.mastercleanse.com It really helps. I know someone who lost over a hundred pounds in about 10 months. Krys
  6. I was 250 the morning of the Panniculectomy procedure and came out of surgery 13lbs lights; two days ago. Krys
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    My APRON ----UGHHHH!!!!

    Awwww, thank you so much. Recovery is the bigger part of this procedure!!! But I'm taking it easy. Krys
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    My APRON ----UGHHHH!!!!

    Thank you...
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    My APRON ----UGHHHH!!!!

    Hi Kaiser covered it. No documentation was created. The qualification is the hanging skin. No rashes, did have itchiness just below naval, but it was developed by the eczema all of a sudden that popped up; cleared with ointment from dermatologist.
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    My APRON ----UGHHHH!!!!

    Hey Everyone!!!!! I made it through. Surgery was a success. I am 2 days post-op and feeling really good. Tired from the anesthesia and still swollen of course. Only having the Panniculectomy procedure, I am so surprised of how much flatter I am. Its exciting though. I was incisioned hip to hip and bottom of naval to the pubic hairline. I had no pain, but soreness I can feel with every movement. If you decide to have this surgery be sure to have someone with you. You will need it. Ohhh!!! And there was 13lbs of fat and skin taken. So along with the excitement I am also 13lbs lighter. Krys
  11. Hello Ladies There are so many conflicting responses to this particular subject. I am 2 days post-op from having a Panniculectomy (you can google). After bariatric surgery Kaiser will perform a Panniculectomy and Breast reduction for free. All your PCP has to do is send a referral to the Plastic surgery dept. I'm in So Cal/Downey and because I previously had a BR some years ago the same surgeon did my Panniculectomy. I am very happy with the result and am flatter than I thought I would be.
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    Co-Workers Talking About Me!

    I read most of the responses: I wouldn't indulge in conversation about my weightloss whether it came from me or not. Patient & doctor confidentiality is all I need. Whether FMLA or insurance claim form states the procedure(s) or not, where is the moral decency from HR if this is how information was leaked. As for the sake of talkers----------LET THEM. While 'Susie' is huddling and whispering in the corner to co-workers I hope they have enough room to listen to her jealous words. Keep doing what you for you. I have this same issue. And trust, it does not bother me one bit. It makes me stronger. Even more, I don't speak to these persons anyway; but glad I'm thought of. Boyyyy!!! I can't wait to go back to work in December from having the Panniculectomy. I see swollen tongues and ears already, lololol. Will keep you posted. Good losing to you all Krys
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    My APRON ----UGHHHH!!!!

    Hello all, I have been soooo busy. Since I last posted on forum I was hit by a car in the employee parking while walking. Been going to physical therapy twice a week. Update on Panniculectomy procedure. Monday, September 24th is Pre-op with surgeon and RN. Tuesday, October 2nd is surgery date. I am so very excited and nervous. I am preparing for everything post-op whether I feel it is necessary or not.I continue to eat Protein and drink plenty of fluids and Water. Eat a lot of salad with albacore tuna (only from Costco---the best ever). Weight has stayed the same for the last 6-8 months. Taking chewable Vitamins and Nature's Bounty (hair, skin and nails tablet---bought @ Costco). Grew my hair about 2 inches in 6 weeks and cleared skin from eczema. Mainly, just staying focused and having Faith. Hope you all are well and will keep you posted on Mondays Pre-op appointment.
  14. I have waited patiently & the date has been set for February 18, 2011. I am excited, nervous, scared, happy, with all of the unknowns to follow post-op.
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    So Cal Kaiser

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Were you given any instructions?
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    Tattoos

    I've been 1-1/2 yrs out before I tattooed (January) what I wanted. It starts the back half of my neck. Its about 3 inches in length and 7 inches wide (shoulder to shoulder). But I don't think it will change much.
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    Stage 2

    @Cudlyqt....I add strawberries to my strawberry protien powder (one scoop), two handfuls of ice. I also add less1/4 of half and half (thats just me)..I also add a banana. This is what I drink before I workout in the morning as well as it being my Breakfast...I drink half before workout and the rest after. Also, I forget you are just beginning and I am a year and half out. You may want to speak with your surgeon and/or his staff to see if your sleeve is able to handle it.
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    Stage 2

    How are you with Vitamins? Are you taking Iron and B-12?
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    Stage 2

    I know. It's rough. I would drink broth when I was hungry. Protein Shake for Breakfast. Also, try Light Muscle Milk, 25g of Protein. It's already made and it is 8.25oz. I sip these in between meals now in order to get the full 25g. I get really full drinking them too.
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    Kaiser Pcp Wont Give Referral....

    I'm not sure if you need a referral or not. Can't remember. Call the Kaiser satellite office and ask when is the next seminar mtg for bariatric surgery and go from there. The bldg is on Bellflower Blvd. (right side) north of the Downey facility. There are two Kaiser facilities on that side, but you want the second one before the traffic light. Call 562-622-4106 .... ask for the receptionist...Opens at 9am.
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    Kaiser Pcp Wont Give Referral....

    I'm from that area also....My PCP was Dr. Kalman, she referred me twice, because the first time I just was not ready. All I did was asked. However, after finding out there is a doctor who actually sees bariatric patients after surgery, and he also signs off your packet for approval once you've finished Options, his name is Dr. Chiu....I changed over right before my VSG. He is awesome and very informative. Most of he is patient, listens to you and do not talk at you, but with you. What I did is signed on to KP.org and clicked on member services, sent an email to change PCPs and the reason. Within 2-3 days, I was approved for the PCP change. You can also look up Dr. Chiu and read his Bio. It will also tell you if he's accepting new patients. I'm sure he is. He is in the Downey Orchard bldg. Good luck...Any other questions feel free to PM me. Krys
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    I Was Bad

    All I can say is been there, done that. Yes, it hurts like hell and a feeling like you've given up. We all have weak moments. Remember, 80% of our stomachs has been cut out of our bodies. It's a tool to keep us from gorging ourselves with food, not what actually we put in it. Your mind is in control of your actions. You have the power to walk away. Easier said than done, huh? I've had the topping of pizza, but not the bread. I can no longer eat bread anyway. This is good for me, because before VSG, I loved dinner rolls, cornbread and homemade bread my family makes at holiday time. So, glad I cannot eat no longer, it would be devastating. But be strong. In the end, it will be all worth it and you'll laugh at this day as one of your memories. Krys
  23. Question to those who have had a Panniculectomy, TT, or Abdominoplasty procedure. In the hospital what was the feeling you had once you knew your abdomen was no longer hanging, sticking out, or having loose skin? Also, after you went home while recovering, what were your family and friends reactions? And how often did you look in the mirror? How many sizes did you go down and/or inches did you lose? As my day approaches, I keep going on in my mind, wondering to myself, will I cry, or smile ear to ear, or do I just want to jump and go running to scream it to the world. Krys
  24. Yes, drains are a part of recovery.
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    Feeling Down

    Thirty-five or seventeen, you have to think of yourself and the life you live everyday, which is the weight issue. It's unfortunate when you don't have the support you need. And I find it wonderful your husband is behind you. When I discussed VSG with my hubby, he told me he loved me no matter what size I am. he met me overweight and married me overweight. He said, if this is what I want to be sure I am doing this for me and no one else. My Mom had mixed feelings, but was not against it at all. She had a friend who passed away from having gastric bypass at the time I mentioned I am in the process. So, of course as a mother she was worried for an outcome that something could go wrong. But my family and friends have been supportive all the way. You will be fine. Think of yourself and your children. Most of all if it bothers you that much, try again speaking with your parents. and be stern about your decision. Sometimes we have to go against the grain.

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