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  1. Hopefully your surgeon's office will be able to help you out! I know my surgeon's office would call and get your insurance's coverage details before you ever came in so they knew everything you needed up front. As far as the diet, most insurance companies require them to be consecutive. I had researched United Healthcare a while back and here is what it says in the documentation about the diet, just know this may not be the same for your particular plan: So it sounds possible Weight Watchers documentation could be possible if it was 6 consecutive months or 3 consecutive months done twice in the past 2 years. Edit: SO SORRY!! I don't know how or why my computer double posted this approximately 70 times, but it's Friday, so maybe it's as tired as I am! Good luck at your appointment on Monday!
  2. Hopefully your surgeon's office will be able to help you out! I know my surgeon's office would call and get your insurance's coverage details before you ever came in so they knew everything you needed up front. As far as the diet, most insurance companies require them to be consecutive. I had researched United Healthcare a while back and here is what it says in the documentation about the diet, just know this may not be the same for your particular plan: So it sounds possible Weight Watchers documentation could be possible if it was 6 consecutive months or 3 consecutive months done twice in the past 2 years.
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    Taste Change?

    Most of the changes for me have been for the better. The only negative I have experienced so far is that my favorite protein shake pre-op now tastes TERRIBLE! So I have 2 pounds of it sitting in my pantry just praying it will taste good soon. Aside from that, everything tastes so much better, it's amazing. Each meal seems better than the last, which is a nice change since before I just kind of ate to live and nothing really wowed me. I've not really moved myself to full meats since my revision, so I'm not sure how I will tolerate everything well yet, but we shall see!
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    I lost over 20 pounds pre-op and was actually getting close to no longer qualifying for surgery and my surgeons were ecstatic! Every pound off before surgery is one pound closer to a safer surgical procedure. I had my own thoughts that maybe I didn't need to go through surgery since I was doing so well, but then I remembered I've lost 20 pounds a million other times and never kept it off myself, this tool will be essential to me keeping the weight off. Plus, I had a gastric band I really wanted out, so revising was my only hope. If someone in my life had told me that, I'd just tell them that it's a requirement for me to make my lifestyle changes now and to try to get some weight off for a safer surgical procedure. Then I'd tell them that I have multiple healthcare professionals expressing their feelings that I need the procedure to live my healthiest life and I trust they know what they are recommending to me. Ultimately, it's no one's business and you don't have to answer to anyone but your surgeon.
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    Food journal apps?

    I use MyFitnessPal. I should probably give Baritastic a second go, but I much preferred MyFitnessPal. I don't know if I've ever come across a food on there that it didn't have in it's database, you can track water, exercise, as well as weight, measurements, etc. You can change your goal macros and weight loss goals. It's quite user friendly. My name is SorryNameTaken on there if you decide to use it and want a fellow pal on there!
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    Bariatric team approval?

    I'm sending out lots of good thoughts you get the call soon! I think mine was so quick because my insurance was changing and no longer allowing bariatric surgery, so it was a race against the clock to get me on the surgery table before the change happened! I suspect my patient coordinator had something to do with it going so fast out of desperation, she said it usually takes one to two weeks, so I'm crossing my fingers for you that it's quick!
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    Bariatric team approval?

    We have so many visits with my clinic that as long as you had done your requirements, your chart is ready to send on your final visit. So mine was completed that day. It was completed on a Friday, she sent it into insurance the next Monday, and insurance came back with an approval on Tuesday.
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    Need Suggestions on Vitamins

    That is such a shame! You would think they really want you to be healthy more than anything else. They really should have been willing to tell you how many you need. Is there another clinic close enough to you that you could switch? I did my best to compare these ones to the ones your clinic wanted you on and it looks decently comparable (some of the stats are slightly higher or lower, but from the untrained eye, nothing too bad). The biggest thing I noted is that these ones do not have Iron. I don't know if you're required to be on iron, but you may need to get it from another source if you are. It also doesn't have Vitamin K, but I can't honestly say how important that is.
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    Need Suggestions on Vitamins

    Most of the vitamins out there don't have the amount of vitamins my doctor wants me to have, but I am a bypass patient. I've only found 2 kinds that match what they want, at least in a chewable variety since I haven't been released to capsules yet. My clinic doesn't require as high amounts for sleeve patients, so I think these would likely match my clinic's requirements for sleeve patients just taking the 2 a day. Maybe you could send an e-mail over to your clinic just to be sure you are following your doctor's recommendations? Hair loss starting at 3 to 4 months is, unfortunately, quite normal. Make sure you are hitting your protein goals and keeping up with your vitamins, that's the best way to minimize how much loss there is!
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    My doctor only has me on 1,000 mg a day of calcium, so just twice a day for me. It's amazing how different everyone's instructions are!
  11. I take Bariatric Advantage and don't mind them at all right now. I have the same problem where I can take vitamins for a while and then all of a sudden they start making me sick and I don't know why, so I regularly change my vitamins. The very first one I took as a sample made my stomach upset, but after that, they haven't bothered me at all. I hope you find something that works for you! Maybe your insurance has some other options that may work!
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    So looking forward to next stage PUREE

    I had my surgery 10/24 and am doing pretty well! I had the same thing with the bladder, but it seems to have evened itself out now, so hopefully it will for you too! I am on pureed foods already, but I've been having problems with my heart rate elevating, so I've been advised to stick mostly with fluids, which I have. It's been a pretty easy journey so far, but I've slowed down in weight loss now. It was fun watching the first 11 pounds just slide off though!
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    My doctor requires chewables or powder for the first 3 months. Since I'm just over a week post op, it's kind of nice to get to chew something. I take the Bariatric Advantage chewable Advanced Multi EA and their Calcium Chews. The multivitamins smells terrible, but tastes fine. It did upset my stomach the first time I took it, but never thereafter. I take the fruit flavored calcium chews and they are so good! It's like a softer starburst, so it's a nice treat twice a day!
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    my personal little official thread

    Sounds like great news at your pre-op!!! I'm stoked for you! Sounds like all your hard work really has paid off!
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    Over Night Stay

    😄 My hospital had special bariatric gowns, so I was completely covered front to back when I was walking. I brought pajama pants just in case my gown did not cover well enough. I ended up wearing them despite my gown being quite covering. A lot of people bring a robe or just wear a second hospital gown to cover their backs, it can just be tricky with the IV, so you may only be able to drape it over your shoulders. I barely packed anything: - I wore the same shirt to the hospital and home from the hospital - A pair of pajama pants in case I didn't want to wear the pants I wore to the hospital home - Multiple chapsticks - Phone charger - Slippers (Only worse these out of the hospital) - 2 pairs of underwear (I didn't wear any underwear my entire hospital stay, I just went free!) - A sports bra (never felt inclined to put this on until after I got home from the hospital) - Wallet (never needed this) The only thing I didn't pack that I asked for were breath mints. My breath was pretty nasty from all the tubes during surgery. Once I coughed up all the nastiness, it got a little better, but they were still nice to have.
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    Over Night Stay

    I tried not to bring too much because I'm weird about the germs in hospitals. The thing I used the most was Chapstick and breath mints. I bought slippers with the intention of just chunking them in the trash after the stay, but I decided I liked them too much to do that, so I just used the slipper socks provided and wore my slippers on my ride home. I brought my charger, but I don't recall ever charging my phone since I mostly just watched TV. I live in pajama pants, so I bought a nice soft pair of pajama pants to wear under my gown. I didn't put them on until the day after surgery, but they were nice to have.
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    October 2019 surgery peeps?

    I had my surgery 10/24 and went back to work 10/31. My surgery was a bit more complicated than anticipated. I was a revision and they didn't think my band had slipped, but it had and it was very difficult for them to remove. I have had some problems with my heart rate shooting really high just from walking a short distance. I feel like it's slowly trying to get better, so I'm just taking that one day at a time. I have another appointment on Wednesday to see if any answers can be found. Other than that, everything has gone great and I'm essentially pain free minus where I had a drain after surgery. I did buy a decent bit of protein powder to have after surgery and now I only like one of the flavors.. I knew that would happen, but it's still a bit of a bummer. 🤣
  18. Did anyone have a significantly elevated heart rate post-op? If so, when did it normalize, did they ever find out why? I had my revision surgery on Thursday, October 24, 2019. It ended up being more complicated than anticipated, my band was slipped (I told them!!) all the way around my esophagus with the top of my stomach incarcerated in the band and a significant amount of scar tissue. My revision was anticipated to take 2 hours and ended up taking over 4 hours. As soon as I went under anesthesia (before even cutting) my resting heart rate went into the 130s and stayed elevated. During my stay they had me on metoprolol to bring it down, which it did, but still in the high range. Since I have been home, my resting heart rate is about 110 and walking the stairs, scooping protein powder into a shaker, walking to the bathroom, has it shooting as high as 147 with me instantly feeling drained of all energy. I have also had low grade fevers around 99.5. My surgeon's office sent me to the ER today and I had an EKG, CT scan, and labwork showing nothing of significance. The ER doc was trying to sell me on some people's resting heart rates normally stay at 110, which I know mine is usually in the 60s. He then said it could be mild dehydration or just left over adrenaline. My blood pressure is normal, so I couldn't be sent home on beta blockers to try and help with the heart rate again. I did have 2 abnormalities on my EKG pre-op that no one seemed concerned about. I know time will tell, I just know when my heart rate goes into the 130/140s I feel tired beyond just normal surgery tired. I'm trying to get even more water down to see if that helps. I'm just hoping someone else might have some experience with this. Thank you so much for any advice or experiences you give!
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    High Heart Rate Post-op

    Thank you all for your answers! I am still well elevated and have been as high as the 160s now. I have an appointment Wednesday to see if any more answers can be found while adjusting my meds post-op. I feel like it's trying to slowly get better, so we'll just take it one day at a time. I'd just like to be able to get some walks in without feeling like I can't breathe! Thanks again!!
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    my personal little official thread

    Dr. Oviedo was really nice. I really didn't get a whole lot of time with him, but I knew I was fine with him doing my surgery once I met him. I've had complications with an elevated heart rate, but that's not his fault, just my crazy body marching to the beat of it's own drum. I hope your pre-op today goes well and you get all of your quesitons answered!!
  21. Less than 24 hours for my revision, but she called and gave the majority of my information on the phone and then faxed in the rest to back up their phone call. It was significantly longer for my band surgery, but I was denied for that once or twice.
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    I have a version of both, but I just plan on mostly eating soft foods that don't need to be blended. If I were wanting to puree a can of soup or something of that sort, I would use my Nutribullet. If I wanted to make a pot of soup to puree, I'd use my immersion blender right in the pot. My Nutribullet is a lot sharper than my immersion blender, so that may be something to think about depending on what you plan to puree, but that could vary from each product. They both have their good points. If you plan on making a lot of smoothies down the road, a Nutribullet or Nutri Ninja would probably be the better investment, but the more expensive one.
  23. I am planning on being pretty open about my revision surgery. I know people are going to ask how I've lost so much weight and if I can inspire someone to look into it that may have been thinking about it, great, if they want to judge me, great. I feel like one of my gastric band downfalls was not being open about it. I think had I been more open with everyone I wouldn't have felt the pressure to eat like a "normal" person around people who did not know I was banded. Granted, I don't think that would have eliminated all my band problems, but I can't help but wonder if I would have been somewhat more successful if I had broadcast it to the world. That said, I'm dreading telling my husband's family. I think they are much more likely to be overly judgmental about it than most people in my life. These are people that think doing keto is the easy way out, so I'm sure they'll have plenty to say, but I'm okay with that. I'm really confident in why I am choosing to revise, so I'll do my best to not be offended by it. I'm planning on significantly cutting back my meat consumption with my revision, so I can fall back on that for people I don't feel need to know about surgery.
  24. @JRT Mom I understand, my BMI and comorbidities qualified me, but I still had to do 7 months of weigh-ins, it went by so fast though! November 20 is so soon too!! I don't think my band doctor still practices in Richmond. His practice was a fine tuned machine back then, but there's no telling what has happened in the past 11 years! I am very familiar with Reston! You can't go wrong having surgery in Northern VA! I consulted with 3 different practices and finally settled on the one in Winchester because the other 2 practices didn't feel like the right fit. I wasn't living in this area at the time, so it didn't occur to me to look in NOVA. It's so important to find a practice we can imagine seeing for the rest of our lives! I will definitely keep everyone updated on how things go! I can't wait to hear how your surgery goes as well! Sending lots of positive vibes your way too! 😃
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    Non milky Protein powder

    Syntrax Nectar has a bunch of fruit flavors. I bought the 17 flavor sample pack, but I haven't tried all of them yet. Their lemon tea flavor would mix nice with Crystal Lite. They also have a roadside lemonade flavor, but I have not tried it yet so I can't say how it is. My favorite of their fruit flavors so far is grape.