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Surgeon Testimonial

Ravindra Mailapur
Dr. Mailapur has been awsome to work with during this process. I decided in May of 2006 that I wanted to pursue having the Roux en Y surgery and attended Dr. Mailapur's seminar for more information. From the first time I shook his hand I knew he would be my surgeon of choice. He has been very thorough in explaining every detail of the surgery, and in answering every question my wife and I had. His care has been nothing short of perfect and I would do it all again today. I am just over 2 weeks post-op as of this writing and could not feel better about my decision...not only to have the surgery, but to have chosen such a wonderful surgeon. Thank you Dr. Mailapur for giving me my life back. I will be forever grateful.
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My WLS experience

50 pounds gone since Feb 12 '07
March 25, 2007 10:36 am
Six weeks since surgery and 50 pounds have melted away.  Tonight I really stepped out on the wild side.  Took the family to one of our favorite restuarants, Greenbriar (the old one).  I ordered the small catfish plate  and baked potato.  I ate one whole fish...that's the most food in one sitting since surgery.  I had a couple of bites of potato and 2 french fries to go along with it...awsome!  I was quite full but felt great.

I am 2 sizes down in my waist (54 to 50) and even the 50 waist is getting loose now.  I am waiting a while before buying shirts...they'll just have to do.  I have gone from a 4 XLT to a 2 XLT.  Everyone who sees me says they can really tell the difference in my face.  

I still have thoughts of regret, but they are becomming fewer and farther between now that my body is realizing real changes.  I feel so much better than I did a month ago.  I'm sure it only gets better from here.
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March 21 314 pounds (47 pounds lost)
March 21, 2007 3:01 pm
Still hard to believe it's happening so fast.  I had my first incident of food getting stuck today.  I mowed my lawn and got really hungry.  I ordered some chicken wings from Applebee's.  I must have eaten too fast.  3 bites and that was it.  It was a slow process, but ultimately I could not get it to go down.  What a reality check!  I did better wife made pork chops and a really incredible dish with Navy beans, onions, garlic and tomatos.  I took very small bites and really enjoyed my dinner.  

I am down 4 inches in my waist now, and my pants are looking very silly.  I am shopping on E-bay for clothing now...tried the thrift stores but there was nothing in the size I need.  Most everything was about 2 sizes too small.  I'll try back in a few weeks when I'm that small.  

Will post photos this weekend.
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33 days...exactly 40 pounds gone!
March 17, 2007 1:01 am
Incredible...that's the only word to describe this experience so far.  I went for a haircut today and my barber really was able to tell the weight was coming off.  I can't really tell much difference in the way I look yet (but I do see myself every day) so it was nice to see someone who hasn't seen me in a few weeks to make those comments.  I am having a little difficult time getting enough protein...can't take the protein powders taste or texture.  I'm trying to drink more shakes and am searching for the good protein bars to try to boost my intake.  Just can't eat enough to get the protein I need.  Hoping to find some clothing at the thrift store today...can't keep my pants up any longer and trying to cinch them up with a belt just looks silly...nice problem to have for a change.  

Have heard from lots of family members who are reading this journal and I wanted to thank them all for their support and kind words.  Will be posting some new photos this weekend.
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Bring on the real food
March 13, 2007 9:54 pm
Yesterday I tried a beef and bean burrito from Taco Bell.  Many wls patients have a hard time with beef early on, but no problems for me.  I was very ambitious and ordered 2 burritos, but was only able to eat one, just the insides of course.  What a great feeling to have normal food again!  And 16 grams of protein...woo hoo!  I weighd this morning and have lost another pound...37 so far and only 124 to go.  Why did I wait so long to do this?
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4 Weeks out...what a difference!
March 12, 2007 12:53 pm
I really can't believe it has been 4 weeks since I was admitted into the hospital for my surgery.  28 days...36 pounds gone!  I am already down 2 pants sizes (from 54 to 50) and have gone from "frightingly obese to fat" according to my wife.  I weight 325 pounds now, down from 361 and it feels great!  Another 35 pounds and I will have wiped away 10 years of weight gain.  

Now it's time to begin the journey of real food.  I now see what some of my post-op friends that did this before me mean about not enough protein...I can't eat enough.  I'm sure it will come in time, but right now it is really frustrating.  I can't decide what I want to try first now that I am at phase 3 of my diet and recovery.  I really miss Mexican food, so that may be my first stop.  My biggest fear is eating something and getting sick at the restaurant...oh well, can't live in fear.  

More to come...hope you'll come back!
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