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1 hour ago, mary77450 said:

Perhaps I need a second opinion then Billy. I assumed the orthopedic I saw knew what he was talking about after then leaving his office and finding many stories online about obese patients being denied hip and knew surgeries. I thought it was odd my insurance co approved a bariatric surgery in less than 24 hours if obese patients were too high risk for elective surgery.

Actually I got both hips replaced a year apart at 300 + lbs. Yes I was over hospital weight restrictions but got a pass. MediCal paid for both.

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2 minutes ago, Billy Bob said:

Actually I got both hips replaced a year apart at 300 lbs. Yes I was over hospital weight restrictions but got a pass.

Billy do you mind if I ask if that is because your Dr. was willing to go to bat for you or do you attribute the pass to something else? (and if so can you share your secret?) I have not really ever tried to lose weight, and part of me feels like I should really make an honest effort to at least try before resorting to permanently modifying my stomach surgically. I have lost ten pounds in 8 days on this shake diet, but I wouldn't think I would be able to keep this up and exercising with this hip isn't happening because walking is an issue.

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OK so I need the right doctor. And I need to lose weight but not necessarily in that order. Thanks Billy. Good to know. My bariatric surgeon recommended an ortho after I told him my story yesterday. I will call the one he recommended and ask some questions, perhaps there is hope. I was really put off by the one I saw who told me there was no hope of a hip replacement unless I lost all this weight. I had already decided, that I would not be seeing him again about my hip even if I did lose all the weight, I'll find a more caring Dr. The one I saw didn't seem to have an ounce of empathy for what it's like to be in pain with very step you take. Like somehow I would have been more worthy of not being in pain if I weren't overweight, as if in the case of a thin person who blew out their knee running or a football player who was injured playing.

Thank you!

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13 hours ago, sidvicious said:

Are we suppose to feel restriction?

I'm sorry I missed this, did you get a sleeve recently? At first, I didn't, but after a little while, I did. Right after surgery, I was supposed to eat 2 oz. at a time. I ate a 4 oz. Jello (because there's always room for jello) and barfed. After that I made sure to measure everything, and now I feel a strong restriction. I forget when I started feeling it, but after 14 months, it's still there.

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12 hours ago, mary77450 said:

I worry about being able to stay hydrated and being limited to drinking tiny amounts constantly. I haven' t had my surgery yet and it's one of the reasons I am hesitant to do so. I tend to get dehydrated now because I don't drink enough and so when I realize I am I then drink a couple huge glasses of Water. Knowing I won't be able to do that any more is a concern. (and the reason I don't drink enough is I have a bad hip and it hurts to walk and so I refrain from walking any more than I have to and all those trips to the kitchen and the bathroom at work means a lot of extra walking ;o I have been told however they won't fix my hip until I lose a lot of weight.

Just keep a large drink bottle with you and sip constantly. I have mine glued to me 24/7. You can either stay overweight and in pain or push through it whilst you lose weight from bari surgery and get your hip fixed. The weight loss will reduce the pressure on your hip too so it should get a bit easier pain wise as the weight reduces.

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With the lap band, if my sips got a bit too big, I would feel restriction. 2 weeks out since surgery and I can take large gulps ( not intentionally) and no restriction.
Sleevers? Do you feel restriction when drinking mindlessly?

The liberation u feel from the band to the sleeve is unbelievable!!! Don't remind me of the toxic restriction [emoji29]
I can gulp, sip and do whatever I want ...albeit healthily with my sleeve and I am ecstatic about that!!!

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Are we suppose to feel restriction?
Yes, with dense Proteins and meals! You will feel the restriction alright!

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I worry about being able to stay hydrated and being limited to drinking tiny amounts constantly. I haven' t had my surgery yet and it's one of the reasons I am hesitant to do so. I tend to get dehydrated now because I don't drink enough and so when I realize I am I then drink a couple huge glasses of Water. Knowing I won't be able to do that any more is a concern. (and the reason I don't drink enough is I have a bad hip and it hurts to walk and so I refrain from walking any more than I have to and all those trips to the kitchen and the bathroom at work means a lot of extra walking ;o I have been told however they won't fix my hip until I lose a lot of weight.
Not being able to gulp does not happen to everyone!!

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Okay so plain Water was always easy for me to get down.
I could gulp down 4-6 ounces all at once just a few weeks post-op as long as I hadn’t had any food within 2 hours.
Now at 10 months out, I can gulp down about 10-12 ounces all in one go ( there is some slight pain a few seconds after), but the food restriction is still very much present

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21 hours ago, mary77450 said:

Perhaps I need a second opinion then Billy. I assumed the orthopedic I saw knew what he was talking about after then leaving his office and finding many stories online about obese patients being denied hip and knew surgeries. I thought it was odd my insurance co approved a bariatric surgery in less than 24 hours if obese patients were too high risk for elective surgery.

I went to two surgeons in my area and both of them refused to operate because my BMI was over 40. This was in NJ. I know the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY does larger patients, but I decided to have the WLS, to see if it relieved pressure on my hips. (I have bone on bone arthritis).

I know it's not the same issue hip-wise as you have 😁 but I too was refused hip replacement because of my weight.

Either way, I'm glad I had the surgery. No need to put excess weight on the new hip....when I get it. (I'm really hoping I don't need it tho.)

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As for drinking and feeling restriction, I still have to sip. I was a Water guzzler too, and three weeks post op, I still have to watch my sips or else....it will come back up. That happened once, and I never want that to happen again....

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I've noticed I can drink a lot of Water in a short period of time (like 4-6 ounces), as long as I dont try to swallow it all at once. I can probably only take one ounce at a time, but I can drink 6 ounces spread over a minute. Anyone else?

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