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Whose post p.o. tummy is this? I hope,i have one just like in March

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You already have your surgery date? That is awesome!!!


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47 minutes ago, tera73 said:

I had to do 12 months with dietician and lose 10% of my weight. It’s went by quicker than I thought. My friend had surgery over a year ago and she has done awesome. She was the main reason I chose Dr Fitzer, but I have heard nothing but good things.

I should be glad that my insurance company requires "only" 6 months. I'm glad the time has been going by fast for you, though. I started this journey by attending a WLS seminar at Fair Oaks in 2014, but "having my insides mutilated" scared me to death back then. I just imagined waking up from surgery in a panic and shrieking, "what have I just done to myself?!" But now I'm ready.

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45 minutes ago, SampTheChamp said:

Well said. I'd do it 1000 times over. I had no issues at all the recovered like a champ. Life changing!!!!

That's really good to hear. I can't wait to be able to say "yes" to things like going on a zipline, a helicopter tour in Hawaii, or even the simple things like going up a ladder or my attic stairs knowing that I'm under the "maximum allowed weight" for all of these things. And sitting in booths in restaurants.

Your weight loss looks fantastic, SampTheChamp. You are killing it! How much have you lost in the first couple months after surgery, if you don't mind my asking?

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Well I do and I don't, I did have a date of February 15th,then I was told I'd have to have another test an upper g.I. with contrast medium. That was moving along and then another snafu, this one's potentially bigger, my case is being reviewed by the Bariatric Care team Tuesday, one of my evaluations came back faulty. i know I'm not making sense but I'll be able to talk more and explain Wednesday. Right now it looks insurmountable but maybe I'm too close to the problem to give an objective opinion. Promise I will explain in greater detail, but in the meantime prayers would not be out of place.

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I should be glad that my insurance company requires "only" 6 months. I'm glad the time has been going by fast for you, though. I started this journey by attending a WLS seminar at Fair Oaks in 2014, but "having my insides mutilated" scared me to death back then. I just imagined waking up from surgery in a panic and shrieking, "what have I just done to myself?!" But now I'm ready.

My insurance is being ridiculous with a lot of things, I was upset at first that it was 12 months; but finally just pushed through...I see her on Friday next week and then I will have March and April and be done. I like Suzanne and email Heather a lot. I know exactly how you feel...I walk in a restaurant and make sure my husband remembers to ask for a table instead of a booth...I have a almost 7 year old that I want to do things with... I still struggle losing weight. I can’t take any meds, pet insurance...and had to lose 40 pounds!


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Well I do and I don't, I did have a date of February 15th,then I was told I'd have to have another test an upper g.I. with contrast medium. That was moving along and then another snafu, this one's potentially bigger, my case is being reviewed by the Bariatric Care team Tuesday, one of my evaluations came back faulty. i know I'm not making sense but I'll be able to talk more and explain Wednesday. Right now it looks insurmountable but maybe I'm too close to the problem to give an objective opinion. Promise I will explain in greater detail, but in the meantime prayers would not be out of place.

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Definitely saying a prayer for you!! Hope everything goes well!!


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7 minutes ago, kakatlady612 said:

Well I do and I don't, I did have a date of February 15th,then I was told I'd have to have another test an upper g.I. with contrast medium. That was moving along and then another snafu, this one's potentially bigger, my case is being reviewed by the Bariatric Care team Tuesday, one of my evaluations came back faulty. i know I'm not making sense but I'll be able to talk more and explain Wednesday. Right now it looks insurmountable but maybe I'm too close to the problem to give an objective opinion. Promise I will explain in greater detail, but in the meantime prayers would not be out of place.

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Praying that it is indeed surmountable, you'll prevail over it, and get cleared for surgery.

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5 minutes ago, obxshell89 said:

I had gastric bypass 11 months ago. Dr. Fitzer is awesome!

Started at 240 and today I am 138

best decision ever!

Wow, you've done great! Did you discuss sleeve vs gastric bypass with Dr. F? Seems that most docs want the patient to choose, but the more I read about both, the harder it seems to be to have a preference.

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I originally went in thinking I was getting the sleeve...he said he’d do which ever one I wanted, but did say that I would do better with bypass...after looking into both, I decided to go with the one that has been around longer.

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I decided on bypass because I had Type 2 diabetis. Dr F wouldnt tell me either way. Other then I would be a good candidate for either. My goal weight was 150 which I have passed. I feel great and have never been sick not once. My labs are perfect. Follow what they say and you will do great!

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I decided on bypass because I had Type 2 diabetis. Dr F wouldnt tell me either way. Other then I would be a good candidate for either. My goal weight was 150 which I have passed. I feel great and have never been sick not once. My labs are perfect. Follow what they say and you will do great!

My worry is that I’m not doing enough now...practicing not drinking while eating or not being more strict on the things I eat... I want to succeed... did you have certain things that you did pre op to prepare?

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40 minutes ago, tera73 said:

I originally went in thinking I was getting the sleeve...he said he’d do which ever one I wanted, but did say that I would do better with bypass...after looking into both, I decided to go with the one hat has been around longer.

I only had a 3 day clear liquid pre op diet. He will tell you what weight he wants you at that you have to meet by your surgery date. Dont play into it. Trust me after the surgery you wont want to eat. Follow the 7 week post op diet, take your Vitamins and you will do fine. And - no more diabetis!! Im 💯 healthy

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