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I think we all would be ok to wait the 1.5-3 years if we knew something was happening. This waiting in the dark is ludacris. I mean why not have them work with the physician to get diet and eating in control. Psychiatrists etc. Look at the pt more holistically rather than as a number in a list. It would be nice to know if they even received our referral. They would also get less calls if they answered the basic questions and updated them on their web page. Just my $0.02
I put in my referral February 2012, well my doc did anyways
To be honest this forum is extremely quiet, and I find it a little frustrating at times. Check out Verticalsleevetalk.com as well, it is very informative! I check back here often for new potential updates, but it is really quiet! Cheers! If I ever get my call (lol), I will update everyone!
Today I met with my GP and asked her for a referral to see Dr. Sampath for a VGS...she said yes :) I am very excited about this! I've read that wait times are long so during that time I will read the books and start my food diary...
To all of you BC posters "Thank you"...I'm learning a lot :)
HI there; I'm post OP from November 2012. I had the RNY. Down 81lbs so far. I was on the wait list for 6 years before I got my date. I found the best thing was to just put it out of your head and live your life. With regards to losing it on your own I can only speak for my surgeon's expectations which were just to see progress. For him it was all about behaviour modification. If you can control your eating, exercise, and lifestyle choices pre op chances are you can control them post op as well. They know you're contemplating WLS because you have trouble losing weight so they aren't expecting huge losses, cause lets face it if you could do that on your own you wouldn't be thinking WLS so they just want to see the shift in lifestyle. keep a food diary, but most importantly keep an exercise journal so you can show what you're doing physically even if you aren't losing weight. Not sure where you are located but lots of areas have a WLS support group. there is one in nanaimo but there's lots of support to be found here and if you like I'm happy to chit chat with you whenever you like too... good luck!!!
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All the best to all of you who are contemplating surgery. My best decision ever.
My angel is Karen M 140 lbs lost!
Hi..I'm not in Abbotsford..but would think West Coast Bariatric in Richmond about an hour away.
Hi Cindy, So excited for you , only a couple of days left. I am having my surgery by Dr. Aceves in Mexicalli.I just got my surgery date confirmed. May 15th Yay !!! I can't wait. I am having sleeve surgery as well.
I am taking my husband but wish I wasn't . He is not really excited for me to go. Questioning everything.Thinkiing I should wait and get it done in Victoria ( NOT going to happen) I am not really worried at this point but I am sure I will be as the date gets closer LOL. I just don't want DH to be right about having it in Mexico.......but I did find insurance in case anything does happen. ( He wouldn't let me get it without)
I don't have any follow up care either. I did tell my doctor about it and my husband happened to be with me . He was not very supportive about the Mexico thing and asked if I would look back into Canada? (NOPE) Hoping this forum will help with support . And you of course.
I will take with you again before you go. My phone # 250-338-4235 if you want to chat before or after you go. Tracy
Congrats on your decision!!!!! I am 5 months out and have only good things to say. I did this for my health, and the benefits I see are telling me I made the right choice. And it's the little things that make me smile the most. I was really excited when I could touch my toes LOL! Walking used to be a chore for me and now I can keep a steady pace and barely break a sweat. My weight is coming off slowly but steady.
I really rely on my family and friends for support. I do have one friend who had the sleeve done 2 years ago. He is a great support for me. I found him online. I see that there is a support group in Victoria. I may have noticed the mention of them on this site or perhaps the Vertical Sleeve Talk site. I did read the forums a LOT when I first had my surgery. If you have a question, you can bet that someone else has talked about it..
How did your doctor respond to your decision to have surgery. I hope you have had support! My doctor was very supportive of my choice. In fact, when I found out how long the wait in BC was going to be, my doctor mentioned that a friend of hers went to Mexico. My initial response was 'I don't know about going to Mexico!' But I did lots of research before making my decision. I haven't had any complications since surgery. My co-ordinator offered a nutritionist that I could talk to after getting back home. I really didn't need to use them but appreciated that it was there if I needed it. My doctor also offered a nutritionist that I could contact.
I did pick up the Weight-Loss surgery for Dummies book that is recommended by the Dr. in Richmond but I found another book that I thought was way better....http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/books/the-complete-weigh t-loss-surgery/9780778802730-item.html?ikwid=weight+loss+sur gery&ikwsec=Books&gcs_requestid=0CLDvyuGj2LYCFUoi5wodRiUAAA
Where are you having your surgery? And which Dr. did you choose> Keep me posted!
Hi Tracy! So nice to hear from you! I fly into San Diego and where I will be picked up and driven 4 blocks inside the Mexican border to Dr. Mi Hospital in Tijuana. My Dr's are Dr. Ismael Cabrera and Dr. Luisiana Valenzuela. I'm having sleeve surgery.
Where are you going? And what is your surgery? Do you have someone going with you?
I'm so ready for this, two weeks today! But I'm nervous about not having the follow up care once I get back to BC. I haven't told my GP, I see him Tuesday to tell him --- not looking forward to that part.
I'm nervous and excited at the same time. My girl friend is coming with me because my husband is too protective and will probably drive me insane. She had Lap Band Surgery in Puerto Vallarta last year.
Hey Cindry I am planning on going to Mexico on May 15 th with Dr.Aceves. I live in Courtenay and would love to share this journey with you ! How is you surgeon and where are you getting it done? Tracy
Having sleeve surgery in Mexico Friday May 3rd.
I am looking for ANY AND ALL post-op support opportunities for post-op life. Be it an online support buddy, a local Victoria support group, a near by cohort, anything and everything welcome.
Would LOVE to hear from anyone in or around Victoria BC - who is either pre-op or post-op sleeve surgery in Mexico and wants to be supported and share in this journey!
Can't wait to hear from You!
Just ran across this thread, and I do realize that it is several months old now, but I am THRILLED to hear the encouraging reports. Patti S - good for you! I was fighting back tears when I read this quote from you: "I haven't been had any head hunger. I don't struggle with "should I, no I shouldn't" conversations in my head anymore. There is no more "I'll start the diet tomorrow". I have no problem baking goodies for Christmas. I am so glad I had this surgery. I have no regrets." I want to be sharing that same story a few months from now!
I am having VGS in Mx two weeks from today. I thought about this for 6 months, researched this for 4, and then woke up one day a few weeks ago and booked the next available surgery date ... thinking, feeling, "I'm ready" and it's time to "just do it". I am 110% secure in my decision.
I am writing to you because I have only one "gap" so to speak in my process. I neglected to consider post surgery support here in BC. Of course I have a GP, but other than my family, it has occurred to me that a support group of some description would be incredibly helpful. I am wondering if any of you set anything like this up in advance? Where did you find your post-surgery encouragement, information and support upon your return from Mx. I live in Victoria BC - haven't found anything that seems to fit this for me. Also, did you require much follow up here in BC upon your return. My understanding is that we do not need any special care. Anything you can share would be so appreciated.