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Twenty Most Recent Questions:

  1. No longer have the been switched to sleeve change my records to read this (Jan 26, 2015) (View) (no answers yet; please post yours!)
  2. Is there a forum for memorials? (Jan 24, 2015) (View) (no answers yet; please post yours!)
  3. What can i do to jump start more weight loss... (Jan 23, 2015) (View) (no answers yet; please post yours!)
  4. 4 monts and stuck, NEED HELP! (Dec 18, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  5. Insurance (Nov 21, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  6. is my protein shake ok to use? (Nov 16, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  7. Are there any gummy vitamins with selenium? (Nov 8, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  8. Anyone in AZ with UHC? How long did the Prior Auth take? (Nov 5, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  9. Had gastric bypass 10 yrs out have regained 50 lbs bmi is 40 never was 20 (Nov 5, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  10. I'm 12 years post RNY, and apparently 100% lactose intolerant, has anyone else had th (Nov 5, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  11. will I be approved b/c I have an aneurysm on my assending aorta? am I high risk? (Oct 28, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  12. Does anyone know where Dr. Joseph Colella from Pittsburgh, PA is practicing? (Oct 13, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  13. Has anyone had problems with Elevated B12 levels? (Oct 7, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  14. I'm having pain in my chest after trying to drink. (Sep 28, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  15. Need advice on treating ileus, slow moving intestine. (Sep 24, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  16. Still diabetic (Sep 3, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  17. I received my approval letter for predetermination. What next? (Aug 19, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  18. I'm having a panniculectomy and massive hernia repair (Aug 18, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  19. Will Dr. still do surgery if blood sugar is 185...Surgery is tomorrow the 18th (Aug 17, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  20. OMG Dr Kuhn died in July 2014 but I am scheduled for RNY 08/28/14 (Aug 16, 2014) (View) (1 answer)

Thirty Most Recent Answers:

Q: 4 monts and stuck, NEED HELP!

[Jan 2, 2015]     Your bariatric surgeon should have provided guidelines to follow. Follow-up with your surgeon as far as what you need to do. It is common to reach plateaus. You need to eat more often than just once a day. Break down your one meal into smaller meals.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone know a dr who will get rid of my apron for me i have medicare,

[Dec 28, 2014]     There are a lot of doctors that take medicare. I have it and they do cover Panniculectomy and breast reduction. I'm in the process of them fixing to summit mine to the insurance. But take LOTS of pictures for the doctor of any and all RASHES!! And take them with you. I also took pictures of myself holding the excess skin but the doctor will do this as well, they did me. I just had to wait 3 months to be completely away from second hand cigarette smoke. I have another 15 days and will be back at the doctor for them to submit the documentation to the insurance company. Start with your bypass doctor if you had that. They will have the doctors that take medicare. That's where I started. I had to go to him for 3 months to document that it was medically necessary and then got a referral from him as well as on from my general practitioner. Hope this helps.     — gl_champion     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Is 56 to old to have weight loss surgery?

[Dec 28, 2014]     I had my surgery at 70 and a revision at 74.     — Fredannah     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 4 monts and stuck, NEED HELP!

[Dec 21, 2014]     I'm sorry you are going through this. Eating once a day will definetly stop your weight loss, your body is in starvation mode and trying to hang on to what it's got. You should be eating small high protien meals every few hours. Are you eating too much in that one sitting? That is a possibility. What is it you are eating to only get one meal in and how many calories? Remember we all have plateaus, and i'm no saint....i had WLS in 2002, and had regained some, but not all, however, with the amount of time you have out, one meal isn't sufficient.     — stacey1273     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Is 56 to old to have weight loss surgery?

[Dec 17, 2014]     I am 61 and just had my gastric sleeve surgery on 12/11/14 and doing quite well post op. Although the process is requiring more of me mentally and physically than any other of the numerous weight loss strategies I've been through over the years.... I am feeling hopeful to enjoy the rest of my life and believe it really was the right choice for me, I wish I had done it at 56.     — Cowdog-Lover     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Insurance

[Nov 26, 2014]     Thanks! I did call they said that they get 15 working days once they receive the letter from the surgeon     — Dawn W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Insurance

[Nov 25, 2014]     Insurance approval varies. It is dependent on many factors. I suggest you call BCBS of ND and ask them how long they expect that you'll receive a reply from them and, of course, hopefully approval! Good luck     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I'm 12 years post RNY, and apparently 100% lactose intolerant, has anyone else had th

[Nov 24, 2014]     I had my RN-Y a decade ago. I never had a problem with dairy until 2 months ago. Now I am lactose intolerant. Funny it took 10 years. I use Lactaid and it does work. Best of luck!     — vanessam     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Had gastric bypass 10 yrs out have regained 50 lbs bmi is 40 never was 20

[Nov 24, 2014]     I had my surgery in 2014. I have gained 25 pounds from my lowest weight. However, they consider your surgery a success if you maintain 75% off the weight lost.     — vanessam     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: is my protein shake ok to use?

[Nov 17, 2014]     Looks like these are the details from the description: Amount Per Serving Calories 140 Calories From Fat 25 Total Fat 2.5 G Saturated Fat 1 G Trans Fat 0 G Cholesterol 75 Mg Sodium 95 Mg Potassium 190 Mg Total Carbohydrate 3 G Dietary Fiber 0 G Sugars 2 G Protein 25 G If these meet your Surgeons post op nutrition guidelines - and it looks like they should - then watch what you mix it with and take the appropriate amount .     — dustinplus4     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Are there any gummy vitamins with selenium?

[Nov 10, 2014]     I did a search and the URL is below. You might try PatchMD since all you need to do is wear a patch for your vitamins. They also have Garcinia Cambogia in a patch too. http://www.obesityhelp.com/profiles/product/multivitamin-plus-topical-patch-30-day-supply/ https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=gummy+vitamins+with+selenium     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Anyone in AZ with UHC? How long did the Prior Auth take?

[Nov 10, 2014]     Post your question on the Arizona state message board so AZ members will see your post. Here's the URL: www.obesityhelp.com/forums/az     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Had gastric bypass 10 yrs out have regained 50 lbs bmi is 40 never was 20

[Nov 10, 2014]     I had gastric bypass 13 years ago and had regained 30 pounds. I had a Stomaphyx seven years ago. It helped me to lose 10-15 pounds but that's it. I wouldn't recommend having it because it didn't make a big difference long-term. What worked for me to lose regain is to go back to the basics and do what I did before the regain. I stopped grazing, cut back on my carbs and exercised. I also adjusted my thinking because losing weight regain is much slower than when I lost it after having surgery. It was slow but it did come off. Best of luck to you!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I'm 12 years post RNY, and apparently 100% lactose intolerant, has anyone else had th

[Nov 10, 2014]     I think it is fairly common. Dairy bothers me especially milk and ice cream (which is a good thing). I'm 13 years post-op so we're both long-term.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Has anyone had problems with Elevated B12 levels?

[Nov 5, 2014]     dr said mine was high...but nothing to worry about...doesn't hurt you if its high.     — insideout     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: will I be approved b/c I have an aneurysm on my assending aorta? am I high risk?

[Oct 29, 2014]     I'm not a doctor but I think this question needs to be asked of your primary care physician, specialist and/or bariatric surgeon. I wish you the very best of luck, and that you obtain multiple opinions so you can make the best decision for your health.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone know where Dr. Joseph Colella from Pittsburgh, PA is practicing?

[Oct 29, 2014]     I did a search for Dr. Colella and found the information below. I hope this helps. OH professional profile: http://www.obesityhelp.com/profiles/bariatric-surgeon/dr-joseph-colella/ Google search shows him at: Address: 3380 Boulevard of the Allies #390, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Phone:(412) 641-3632     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Still diabetic

[Oct 29, 2014]     Did you have your surgery on 8/27 or when did you have surgery? An improvement in your A1C is a good thing. I know for me, continuing to lose weight made all the difference with my A1C. At one point, I was a 9.8 and after my surgery and losing weight, it went down to the normal range and has stayed there. Continue to lose weight is the best thing you can do for yourself and your health.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I received my approval letter for predetermination. What next?

[Oct 29, 2014]     Hopefully you've heard from your surgeon, obtained a date and had your surgery and doing well. If not, feel free to PM me or post an update on the General Discussion board: http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/amos/     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I'm having a panniculectomy and massive hernia repair

[Oct 29, 2014]     I lost some hair after my gastric bypass too. I hope your panniculectomy and hernia repair went well and that you didn't lose your hair. :)     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Will Dr. still do surgery if blood sugar is 185...Surgery is tomorrow the 18th

[Oct 29, 2014]     If you re-activate your account, please provide us with an update on how you're doing. You could post on the surgical boards or the General Discussion board at: http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/amos/     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Revision Lap RNY scheduled 8/28/14 very nervous tips?

[Oct 29, 2014]     Did you have your revision RNY? How did it go? You can hang out with other RNY'ers on www.obesityhelp.com/forums/rny too. Wishing you well!! :)     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Nissen Fundoplication

[Oct 29, 2014]     Have you considered getting a second opinion? With the recommendation of the Nissen Fundoplication, I'd want a second opinion. If you haven't already, post this on the RNY message board so other RNY post-ops can add their experiences and thoughts. www.obesityhelp.com/forums/rny     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Care first administers

[Oct 29, 2014]     I hope by now you've had your surgery. With many insurance companies, the squeaky wheel gets oiled first! That meaning I would suggest to call your insurance company to keep up on the status as you go through the approval process.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: just diagnosed with osteoporosis 4yrs post RNY what med can I take to absorb?

[Oct 29, 2014]     I had RNY and I take Fosamax tablets, and have for quite a few years. By the results of my Dexa scans, I don't seem to have had any issues with absorption. Talk to your PCP and let him or her know of the copay difference, and ask to try the tablets.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I'm having pain in my chest after trying to drink.

[Oct 25, 2014]     I don't have any ideas, but I hope you have contacted the surgeon and that everything is ok now.     — SandyB_in_CA     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I want food!!

[Oct 25, 2014]     I know the feeling. I am to have surgery Monday 27th. I am not hungry until I smell food. Most of my family and friends have been very nice to plan around me. Its only temporary and I will get through. Thats what I tell myself.     — jlinn     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Has anyone had problems with Elevated B12 levels?

[Oct 12, 2014]     yes, i have! are you taking b12? just stop taking it.. cute does down     — valarie30     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Need advice on treating ileus, slow moving intestine.

[Oct 11, 2014]     It can be caused by abdominal surgery, or just exist on it's own. They use an NG tube to get excess gases out of the intestines or stomach, and hope that eventually transit time and gut motility (motion) returns. Not fun. Slow motility can happen anywhere from swallowing all the way through the other end of the digestive tract. taking a prebiotic can help, like Aloe, and a probiotic, like yogurt with active cultures. But check with your doctor for treatment that is specific to your situation     — Bibo     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Is 56 to old to have weight loss surgery?

[Sep 9, 2014]     I am 67 and am having the sleeve done October I feel very good about having it done. It is giving me a chance to live a better life Life is full of chances and sometime we need to take a chance. Good Luck     — lindalue     (See other answers/post your answer)