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Dr. Hajduczek has a wonderful bedside manner and has been very kind throughout pre and post-op WLS. Dr. Oliak was the assistant surgeon, and all went well.
I am very confident that I chose a great center to go to for surgery - the Coastal Center for Obesity at Chapman Medical Center. While very busy and sometimes hard to get a hold of, all of the staff there have been wonderful - full of information and very supportive, and several of them (including several staff members at the hospital) have gone through WLS themselves.
I was on an all liquid diet (HMR) for the first month and moved onto soft foods after 4 weeks and then solids after 5 weeks. I was told by Dr. Oliak (who took out my drain) that my pouch is very small and that they skipped their standard of the first 5 feet of my small intestines (150 cm)(proximal RNY). I am a little worried as I've LOTS of weight to lose (220 lbs as I was 367 lbs pre-surgery) and wonder if I should have pushed for the distal RNY. Dr. Hajduczek assured me that I should be able to succeed with the surgery he performed. It was hard sticking to the liquid fast for the first 4 weeks given that the required HMR shakes that I used to love pre-surgery, were way too sweet for me, and it was way too much of a reminder of my last 2 diet attempts where I lost and regained 125 lbs and 45 lbs repectively.
The Coastal Center for Obesity has a WONDERFUL support group meeting. The people there are just so supportive of each other, and I learn so much from everyone. For those of you in the SOCAL area who might want to check it out, the Coastal Center's support group meets every Monday, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at Western Medical Center, in the Basement, conference rooms 2/3. 801 N. Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana. All are welcomed! We also meet at a local Starbucks afterwards for coffee and chat :)
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
Shortly before moving out of my parent's house at the age of 18 1/2, I started gaining a lot of weight. In a short year, I went from 135 to 210 lbs. I continued to gain weight over the next several years going up to 330 lbs. In February 1997, I started Phen/Fen and never felt better about my relationship with food. I lost about 70 lbs without hardly trying and was being very physically active. But Phen/Fen was taken off the market in September 1997, and it was only a short time before I started gaining all the weight back plus some. In January 2000, at 357 lbs, I started an all liquid diet/fast through Health Management Resources. By September 2000, I'd lost a wonderful 125 lbs, but the depression accompanying the weight loss was awesome and many...
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My name is Caroline Ann Martin. I am 5'5" tall, have a small to medium sized frame and currently weigh 120 lbs (my weight fluctuates). From the age of 19 to 34 years, I lived my life as a super morbidly obese person. During these years, I dieted my way up to 370 lbs losing and regaining over 100 lbs several times. In May 2003, with a starting BMI of 61.1, my life changed when I underwent gastric bypass surgery. This, along with sticking to a healthy diet and developing an active lifestyle allowed me to lose 225 pounds in just 16 months and gain a healthy weight and life. At the onset of my weight loss, my hips measured 71 inches around and I wore a Women's Plus Size 40 (6X to 7X). At 5 1/2 years post RNY, I now wear a Misses Size 2/4 (XXS). More important than size, I love that I can physically do pretty much anything I want to now, without the restrictions that my weight once imposed. (Though I am currently way to thin and trying to gain back weight - see my blog.)
I have also upped what used to be a hobby in photography into doing portraits of pets and their people. (See some of my photography at http://picturetrail.com/carolineam and http://CarolineAnnMartin.com.)
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