- Username: guavab52
- Location: San Jose, CA, USA
- Member Since: 12/18/2007
- BMI: 23.6
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: VSG (04/13/10)
- Surgeon: Eric Hahn
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Surgeon TestimonialEric HahnMy first impression was that he was very thorough in his questions and spent a lot of time with me. When I told him I was preferring the LapBand procedure, he told me that it was not his favorite choice of surgery, and he gave me all his reasons for believing that the LapBand was not as safe and effective as the Roux-N-Y. He said he has had to take our some patients bands due to problems, and that basically, with the gastric bypass, there is nothing foreign placed in the body. We've only met once, and I am within 9 pounds of my goal weight. The staff was very nice, including the front desk receptionist and the nutritionist. There was nothing that I disliked, but if you're wanting the LapBand, I don't think Dr. Hahn is a supporter of this choice, for his own professional reasons. Because it was our first meeting, we didn't discuss in detail the aftercare program, but did discuss the risks of surgery. He seems to be very professional and considerate.
- Books & Literature - Love Anne Perry novels
- Cats - I have a white and gray cat named Lucy, w/pretty blue eyes and a cute pink nose
- Dogs - I have a 7 yr. old Jack Russell named Hannah, and a 2 yr. old JRT named Bubbles.
- Theater - Family involved in community theater.
- Parenting - I have 4 kids- 23,19,17,13, all fun loving & well-behaved, love 'em so much!
- Aerobics & Aquarobics
- Bicycling - I use my recumbant exercise bike almost everyday for at least an hour ;)
- Western European - I'm Irish, Scottish, German and English, whew!
- Nursing - Completed my Medical Assisting degree, now on to L & D Nursing!
- Sports Cars - I have a limited edition, black,1988 BMW M6, vrooooom!
6 Days Post-Op on April 19, 2010 7:14 pm
I still can't believe I can say I'm "post-op", especially after being officially pre-op for about 3 years!!!! Really, I still can't believe it!! A week ago today, I was getting ready for surgery the next morning and taking in liquids only. Kind of similar to my diet now, hmmmm.... I actually went to my job interview today, the one I as supposed to go 3 days post-op but rescheduled. I don't why I even thought that going Friday would work out; I'm so glad I rescheduled it for today. It took all my energy to get all dressed up, do my hair and makeup, all the while sipping my water and making sure I took enough pain medicine to handle the interview without being too loopy or groggy ; ) . I think it went really well and I was honest with the interviewers about having WLS surgery last Tuesday and apologizing for me not being 100%. Then I came home and got straight into my jammies, rested and had my protein shake....I'm done for the day... oh yeah, and I have another job interview Wednesday, 04/21, this time with a 1 hour test that I have to study for (medical stuff) - soooo, I think it's time for me to cut back on the pain meds so I can be more alert. I've read stories here on OH from people who didn't even need their pain meds once they got home from the hospital, but I have needed it at least 3x a day.
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Everything at the hospital went smoothly, no complaints from me. I was nervous and excited all at the same time. I was weighed before surgery and weighed 221 and 6 days later I am 214. Woohoo!! Surgery at 8am, out of the OR by 10am and in my room by 11am. I tried sleeping for a few hours, but after that, there was no resting with all the walking, the meds, the testing, the vital checks, etc. I couldn't wait to get home to my own bed where I could get some sleep!
The biggest problem was my blood sugar, which was super high, the first time I've ever tested high. This was really an AHAH moment for me!! I had been told a few years ago that I was borderline diabetic and I had already had hypoglycemia from when I was young. I was never put on meds for the hypoglycemia, I was just old to always dilute my juice, don't eat too much sugar, and eat more often. I think I put on a lot of weight from all of my hypo-attacks, where I would end up stuffing myself until I felt the attack go away - I just ate the wrong stuff, whatever I could get my hands on. For some reason, this is something I never followed up on with the docs and the nutritionist, although I think I brought it up and was told that eating more protein and less carbs would help. For months before surgery I was eating less and exercizing more and having hypo-attacks several times a week and never told my doctor, now I wish I had! So basically, I could have been diabetic the last few months and not even known it. I'm glad they caught it, and even more glad that I had the surgery!! I see my PCP on Thursday, 4/22, to follow-up with the Diabetes.
The nurses at Kaiser's Fremont Medical Center were all excellent, the entire staff was!! I feel like sending them a huge gift basket and a card - maybe a card at least! I would recommend them to anyone and I would and will recommend the VSG surgery I had to anyone who asks me or brings it up with me. I've told my family and friends, but not a whole lot of people have heard of this surgery, so I'm always happy to explain the difference between all the choices.
Ok, I'm exhausted - done for now - gotta get off the computer and go lay down.
SURGERY DATE - April 13th, 2010 on March 16, 2010 9:50 am
So I finally got the call yesterday from the Kaiser Bariatric Program and my surgery date is finally scheduled for April 13th, 2010. I have my pre-op appt. on April 2nd. I am so excited!! I have been waiting for this for 2 years now, having changed my mind once and then deciding to go for it. I know that there are many reasons for me being overweight, such as overeating, slow metabolism (possibly caused by medications), and genetics (I've recently been looking at old pictures of my relatives as I go through my mother's boxes of photos). I did not grow up overweight, it is not something I struggled with as a child or teenager. However, I was raised on junkfood and it was only time before it would finally catch up with me. I always enjoyed swimming growing up which I know kept me thin, as well as the dance classes, cheerleading, even jogging for fun. But there was a lot of emotional stuff going on at home and I found reasons to try and make myself "feel" better with food as I pushed people away. As I later learned that I was going through depression and anxiety (genetic again), it all started to make some sense; as nonsensical as it all was. Fast forward to the present. I have been overweight since having my fourth child 13 years ago and I have held on to the weight for the most part the entire time, only fluctuating 20-25 pounds here and there. I have decided to have the VSG surgery (new for Kaiser) for many reasons. The decision to have weight loss surgery initially was because I am plagued with back pain and arch pain in my left foot, which I have dealt with for many years. I also have asthma. This makes is hard to lose weight with heavy exercising. I watch The Biggest Loser show and envy the groups of people who come on the show and are able to work their asses off and lose tons of weight. Could I handle the physical and mental pressure? Probably not. Do I wish I could? Definitely!! Will I make the effort to exercise? I can and I do; I ride my recumbant bike as often as I can and when I do, I bike around 15-20 miles. I still have back pain, mostly sciatic pain which is literally a pain in the ass. I also broke my tailbone from a fall many years ago which has caused me grief ever since.
I am choosing to have VSG, vertical-sleeve gastrectomy, because it is newer and I feel much safer than the other surgery options available to me, the Roux-en-Y (gastric bypass) and the Lap Band. Lots of reading and researching has lead me to this decision. The VSG works because it is a "restrictive" surgery, whereas the gastric bypass works not only by restrictive measures, but "malabsorptive" measures as well. Already having vitamin deficiency issues (Vit b12, Vit D), I would not want to make it even worse. Do I think I would be able to lose 70-100 pounds without the surgery? Definitely not. Do I think I'll be successful with surgery? Very much so, especially with all the knowledge I have attained and knowing what to do and what NOT to do, as I have read many people's journey summaries and can appreciate all the honest advice they have given. For now, I will spend the next month preparing even further, to make sure that I am totally ready for what I am about to go through, at least as ready as I possibly can be :)
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I am Now 221 lbs. on January 4, 2010 9:56 pm
I had my chest x-ray done that Dr Hahn prescribed last week, so soon now I should find out if and when I will be able to have surgery scheduled for me. I am still wanting to the get the sleeve done and spending more and more time reading up on it, trying to find the very latest news and info available. Hoping to get a callback this week about a surgery date and getting so excited.......
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I reached my pre-surgery weight loss goal!! on December 9, 2009 6:40 pm
I went today for my final psych appt. which went well and when I weighed in, I was at 229 - the goal Dr. Hahn gave me for
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pre-surgery. I have also completed my necessary labs, so now I'm on the waitlist for surgery, which could be anywhere between a few weeks to a few months. I have decided on the sleeve gastrectomy, and still plan on reading as much as I can on the subject. I'm very excited and can't wait!!
Consultation on December 1, 2009 3:50 pm
I've had my consultation with Dr. Hahn and the nutritionist and now have 3 pounds more to go. I had to have a follow-up test and CT scan done, which I've completed. So I thought, "oh, it will be so easy to lose 3 pounds, I can do it in a week". So what happens??? On Thanksgiving, too??? I got up in the night to go the bathroom, and on my way out I slipped on some water on the floor outside the shower stall and fell in, taking all my weight on my hip and thigh. I also got a concussion on my right temple. So I have a black eye, migraine, and a football size hematoma on my hip and thigh that is all purple and swollen still. oh, and I sprained by thumb. So my workout of tearing up my recumbant bike is impossible for now as I can barely walk. I swear it's all about the exercise. I don't lose any weight if I don't exercise. So now I need to focus on calories, which I can do. Dr Hahn. asked me if I was interested in the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, and I said yes, and he said think about it before we schedule the surgery. I need to to make sure I read everything I can and compare it to gastric bypass.
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I'm here because I am interested in learning more about the Lapband procedure, it's safety, and what my options are. I am 39 yrs. old, have 4 kids, am 5'5" and weigh 254 pounds, the most I've ever weighed. I have tracked my fat and caloric intake and I don't consume too much, and I eat healthy. I don't exercise because I have chronic Asthma and Plantar Fasciitis. I'm on 3 meds for my Asthma, which keeps it from getting too bad, but does not control it, and allergy meds, too. I'm on a medication for High Blood Pressure, one for RLS (restless leg syndrome), and Prozac. I did not grow up fat, I was actually teased for being so thin when I was a teenager. I've been checked for Diabetes and Thyroid problems, every test comes up normal, however, I always am consistently low in Potassium. I've been checked for Food Allergies, that comes up normal. I've had my heart scanned for abnormalities and that comes up normal. I can't handle salt, I swell up too much, so I avoid salt by choosing low sodium items and never adding salt to anything i eat. I eat fruit and veggies everyday, drink water only, never any sodas, and when I want fruit juice, I add a small amount to my water to dilute it. I'm frustrated with my Asthma, and still can't walk a flight of stairs or go anywhere where I have to walk too far. I am a F/T student in college, studying for my Medical Assistant degree, and have a hard time just walking to and from class everyday. My insurance is with Kaiser and I am thinking about asking if it's possible to get the Lapband surgery through Kaiser, but still not quite sure if they do it and if they cover the entire cost or not. My BMI is 43, well within the limits for qualifying, so I'm hoping I can learn more about it here and learn about all my options. My granmother died at the age of 55 of a heart attack, my Aunt died at 60, her heart literally blew up inside of her, and I don't want to end up like them. I'm here for help, I'm not sure which weight loss route to take, I just know I want it to be the healthiest one, nothing too dangerous and I already know it takes time and effort, I know it won't be a quick fix. I just know that I'm eating healthy and exercise is very hard for me most of the year. I also don't have much money, so I know I need to incorporate some home, stationary exercise to my routine, even if it's just lifting some semi-heavy items to build strength. Most of all, I need support and encouragement to get going and get started.