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Twenty Most Recent Questions:

  1. PLEASE Help; Define excessive thick mucous vs. foamies (Jul 22, 2014) (View) (no answers yet; please post yours!)
  2. I had the sleeve on only lost 40lbs in a year? Please help (Jul 19, 2014) (View) (no answers yet; please post yours!)
  3. how do i remove a ticker from my profile? (Jul 12, 2014) (View) (no answers yet; please post yours!)
  4. can't locate my old account from 2001. (Jul 10, 2014) (View) (no answers yet; please post yours!)
  5. How Do I Get Back On Track? (Jul 1, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  6. Am I eating too much? (Jun 26, 2014) (View) (no answers yet; please post yours!)
  7. will aetna cover plastic surgery if what the surgery is for is causing problems? (Jun 16, 2014) (View) (no answers yet; please post yours!)
  8. i had gastric sleeve surgery about a month ago and i stop lossing weight why (May 28, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  9. 6 month post op RNY pain. Why? (May 22, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  10. Dizziness after sleeve surgery anyone else? (May 3, 2014) (View) (3 answers)
  11. Has anyone had Distal WLS?....If so, would like to hear your journey. (Apr 16, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  12. Trigeminal Neuralgia 12 yours post op. Need help with medications (Apr 14, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  13. Does anyone know of sponsorships/grants for vertical sleeve surgery? (Mar 9, 2014) (View) (3 answers)
  14. I'm worried (Feb 28, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  15. Having trouble finding b-12 injectable with the shortage! (Feb 26, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  16. Does anyone know of insurance that covers bariatric surgery in Illinois? (Feb 9, 2014) (View) (3 answers)
  17. Is 56 to old to have weight loss surgery? (Feb 8, 2014) (View) (10 answers)
  18. How do I post photos on OH? (Feb 7, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  19. lapband or gastric sleeve?? advice please (Jan 30, 2014) (View) (7 answers)
  20. how to you update my weight lose ticker (Jan 22, 2014) (View) (1 answer)

Thirty Most Recent Answers:

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

[Jul 22, 2014]     Good grief! Way to scare somebody! 56 is not too old. Riskier? Maybe. You need a good surgeon. I had mine at 51 with a revision at 56. Would do it again in a heartbeat. It can help you live longer and healthier and happier. Re. the other unfortunate person; no Dr. worth his/her "weight" would cope such an attitude. You need to find a caring MD. Try back at the bariatric place or go online at ASMBS and find some one who can help you. You don't have to suffer!     — rtempes     (See other answers/post your answer)

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

[Jul 18, 2014]     You are not too old for the surgery, however, you might have more complications. I had the RNY 12 yrs. ago, and now I am almost disabled with problems. I have severe problems with both early and late dumping syndrome, where I try to avoid eating very much at all until late afternoon or early evening. After I dump, I have extreme problems with fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, mental confusion, shaking, sweating, and many other problems. This problem started about two years ago, and is making my life extremely difficult. I am trying to find someone who will treat me, but I am not very successful. The medical community believes that if you have the surgery, then you have to live with the symptoms even if you are not able to function. I also have had to deal with problems absorbing B12 and iron. I would not recommend the RNY for anyone.     — Jane65     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Has anyone had the vertical sleeve done at the weight of 205lbs?

[Jul 12, 2014]     I just got the sleeve on 7/9/14. I am 4' 10" tall and weighed an even 200 when I had the procedure. I am also diabetic and have Barrett's esophagus. I chose the sleeve because it seemed to have lower risks than bypass. My surgeon told me I was not a candidate for the band.     — kkm727     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: How Do I Get Back On Track?

[Jul 4, 2014]     I've had the same problem four years out after vertical sleeve surgery. It's frustrating, and any advice would be welcomed.     — tony S.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: How Do I Get Back On Track?

[Jul 4, 2014]     I'm sorry that you're going through this! It is really tough to lose a lot of weight to later start putting it back on. If you don't have any medical problems causing the weight gain, I assume that you've overeaten. To get back on track, for good, I would suggest to address what brings you to overeat. What triggers you to overeat? What makes you want to cope? If you don't come to term with the root causes of your overeating, it will resurface one way or the other. Bariatric is a fantastic jump start to lose weight, but as you know it too well, it's not a cure.     — bellsai     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: lapband or gastric sleeve?? advice please

[Jun 24, 2014]     UF Health, where I got my sleeve done at will not even offer the band anymore, because it has over a 20% re-operation rate due to complications. That helped me make my mind up right there.     — Sandra J.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Bioton before you have WLS

[Jun 21, 2014]     I don't believe Biotin helps at all. I took it before and after, and I still had hair loss and my hair after 4 years still is thin. It never grew back the way it was before and I did all the vitamins, biotin, Vitamin D, Zinc; just anything I could think of, but still my hair is thin.     — P. Javellana     (See other answers/post your answer)

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

[Jun 15, 2014]     Had my surgery two months ago at age 71 with absolutely no problems.     — Tigboa12     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: lapband or gastric sleeve?? advice please

[Jun 13, 2014]     Sleeve Sleeve Sleeve!! I have the lap band and am having a lot of problems. Pain were the band is, muscle and joint pain, and more. I had my band done in another state 1300 miles from were I live now and trying to find a doctor who will just remove it is near impossible. Of course they will do it if I do a conversion, to bypass only, however I do not want that, I just need it out, the dr office told me they would but I would have to pay cash and would not accept my insurance if I went that route. :( So, do it right the first time. Gastric sleeve. Everyone I know that has had the sleeve has had very good success.     — Denice D.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: lapband or gastric sleeve?? advice please

[Jun 11, 2014]     Hi.. I am sort of in the same place that you are in but I am now leaning more towards the sleeve. It has a higher success rate, and a lower complication rate. I am moving towards approval with the surgery and if I get approved, Im going to do it!     — monica37     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 6 month post op RNY pain. Why?

[Jun 11, 2014]     With all the areas you describe, it sounds more than fatigue from exercising or being more active now that you're 6 months out. If you haven't already, please call your surgeon's office and describe what you're experiencing. Take care!!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: i had gastric sleeve surgery about a month ago and i stop lossing weight why

[Jun 11, 2014]     You're at the stage that many post-ops reach a brief plateau. You've probably lost quite a few pounds by now and your body is merely adjusting. Think of climbing up a few flights of stairs. When you've climbed a few, you will reach a point that you have to stop and take a break. Same applies here too. You body just underwent surgery, you've lost weight and together both of those have had a big impact on your body. Just know that it is normal between 4-6 weeks of having a brief stall. If you are concerned, contact your surgeon's office and talk to one of his staff about what is going on. Congratulations on your surgery and all the best of luck to you on your exciting new lifestyle.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I'm worried

[Jun 4, 2014]     heres some helpful hints others use to get approved. wear high heels for your height check, so they will instuct you to remove your shoes, this guarantees you will be measured in bare feet to miimize your height, some people carry rolls of quaters in their pockets to add a few pounds. when getting height measured most people stand up very straight, its better to slouch to take a inch or two off your height. Its not just your health that matters, having parents who had any of the co morbities of morbid obesity can help. Family history of breast cancer is just one of those.... So how did the appointment go?     — bob-haller     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Dizziness after sleeve surgery anyone else?

[Jun 4, 2014]     Your BP is probably low, which is a good thing! Before my WLS it was uncontroably high. Tended to be worse when humans circidian rythym resets. 3 to 4 PM daily. I was dizzy a lot and saw stars sometimes getting up out of a chair.... Its better to get up SLOWLY, It took my body about a year to adjust..     — bob-haller     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Dizziness after sleeve surgery anyone else?

[Jun 4, 2014]     Your BP is probably low, which is a good thing! Before my WLS it was uncontroably high. Tended to be worse when humans circidian rythym resets. 3 to 4 PM daily. I was dizzy a lot and saw stars sometimes getting up out of a chair.... Its better to get up SLOWLY, It took my body about a year to adjust..     — bob-haller     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Has anyone been to Dr. Marcel Molina of Houston Texas?

[May 29, 2014]     Yes I was dr molina patient. I had surgery in 1987. I lost weight but regained. Thought I had stretched stomach. Would throw-up but thought band was working. Just over eat or to heavy etc ... Then in Sept 2013 started bleeding internal. Very weak went to ER my band was eating my stomach. Luckily I had a doctor recognize what it was. He had reconstructed several of Molina's patients. I had emergency surgery. I now have a reverse gastric sleeve. That was in Sept 2013. I can't tell when I have eaten enough. No full feeling. My back and stomach belly hurts bad. Don't know if this is right. Wish my old banding was still good. I was losing weight again with no pain.     — Dfwlady     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: i had gastric sleeve surgery about a month ago and i stop lossing weight why

[May 29, 2014]     plateaus are normal, in the past you likely spent time at this weight and your body remembers and tries to hang out. If in doubt call your sugeons office. but everyone has plateaus, To help break it do some power walking     — bob-haller     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Dizziness after sleeve surgery anyone else?

[May 14, 2014]     Great question. I had RNY in 2001 and experienced this after my surgery. I was even hospitalized with it. They never found a reason but explained this can happen with a drastic weight loss and adjusting of blood volume. You could post your question on our Sleeve MB to ask other members. Here is the Sleeve MB: http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/vsg/     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Has anyone had Distal WLS?....If so, would like to hear your journey.

[May 14, 2014]     You can post this question on the surgical boards. In your post, explain in more detail why you are asking for the journey of anyone with a Distal WLS. You can find the surgical message boards in the blue area that lists "Forums"     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Has anyone had the vertical sleeve done at the weight of 205lbs?

[May 3, 2014]     I had the sleeve done when I was 385 pounds     — mgv1992     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I am interested in hearing from anyone who had the newer gastric sleeve procedure

[May 3, 2014]     Um well the pain is deff there after the sleeve I felt like a sumo wrestler sat down on my chest and pressed down hard on it and I felt like a truck ran my stomach over about 10 times so the pain is there however it was well worth it and yes it limits how much you can eat and makes you feel full much faster a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs is 3 meals for me a Chinese combination dinner is 3 meals for me with the soup it's 5 meals just to give you a couple of examples     — mgv1992     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: How effective is the gastric sleeve?

[May 3, 2014]     Very effective I had the sleeve done 10/15/2013 and I've lost 115 pounds since the surgery     — mgv1992     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I have been doing research and decided to have to sleeve..

[May 3, 2014]     I had the sleeve 10/15/2013 and I've lost 115 pounds since he surgery     — mgv1992     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: lapband or gastric sleeve?? advice please

[May 3, 2014]     Sleeve 100% I had my gastric sleeve done 10/15/2013 and I've lost 115 pounds since my surgery it's much better results plus you don't have the problems with the band yes this surgery is costly mine operation cost almost $100,000 but I had insurance thank god hope this helps     — mgv1992     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Trigeminal Neuralgia 12 yours post op. Need help with medications

[Apr 22, 2014]     I feel your pain. My father suffered from TN for 8 years and it was debilitating to him. After years on medications he finally met with a wonderful surgeon in Toronto, ON who performed a miraculous surgery where they inserted a piece of tephlon between the nerve and he was cured!!! The risks were many but he could no longer live the way he was. I see him finally living again. I hope you find a miracle as my dad did. Best of Luck.     — Lima     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: wondering if surgery works if you have been over weight your whole life?

[Apr 18, 2014]     Well said versitalbear sorry I may have spelled that wrong....I had the RNY done in 5/2006 and prior to that I was overweight and it got worse from a child to a teen and so on...No one should ever take any surgery lightly especially when it is a dramatic life changing surgery like this is. I researched like crazy online, went to 2 doctors for consultations just more for questions, sat in on several support groups with people that were going to have it, just had it, and are veterans from having it asking so many questions getting all points of view. Weighed out the reasons why I wanted to have it/need it to the cons of not having it, to the after I have it positive/negative possibilities....my research took several years before I finally decided to live a life the way I was living was painful, horrible, upsetting and depressing and wanted to actually LIVE my life. Having children wen I decided to have it I made all the necessary preparations in case my surgical outcome was the worst it could be meaning dying from it. Something you definitely need to consider heavily because that possibility is very real. I weighed just 5 #'s shy of 300 and I plateaued for years hovering 165-175 until recently when I decided 2014 was the icing on my cake and get where I wanna be....proudly at 163 last week I have only 33 left to go. So yes it can be done, you just have to believe in yourself and have the strength to make the life changing path that you will be on once you have the surgery. I used to be on OH years ago, but lost all my profile info to log in and don't have the email I did way back when. I found this site and this is how I found my surgeon too. Good Luck to you and msg me if you have any questions that I could answer I am happy to help.     — Chelle_LMT     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Has anyone had wls and have trigeminal neuralgia?

[Apr 14, 2014]     I hat gastric bypass 12 years ago. Now I have Trigeminal Neuralgia type 2. It feels like the worst toothache you ever had! It is constant pain EVERY SINGLE DAY! I'm still trying to fine the right medications for my constant pain. Also there seems to be a problem with the absorption of the medications. Is there anyone out here that has TN or ATN Too? What meds do you take now?? Marsha     — Marsha E.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone know of sponsorships/grants for vertical sleeve surgery?

[Apr 11, 2014]     bariatric surgery source offers grants, and something they call charity care. I am still looking for the info on the one my mom is using,     — zmdh39     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone know of sponsorships/grants for vertical sleeve surgery?

[Apr 11, 2014]     Yes, there are a few organizations that offer assistance, I can't think of their names at the moment, but I will search and post what I can find that might help you out. An option that my mom found was a bariatric group, can't think of their name either, that actually donates a portion of money from every surgery they perform into a fund. Every time a donation to the fund is made by the medical group, a notification is sent out to their website members, letting them know that a new fund is available. The members then can go on the site and participate in the website game to earn a portion of the posted fund. People can play every time there is a fund posted and save their earnings to either take money off their cost of surgery, or earn a free surgery. Apparently, it is free to setup and play, and my mom seems to really enjoy playing to earn cash for her surgery...I wish I would have known about fund before paying for my surgery lol. Her surgery is set for Dec, so I am interested to see how much she will earn between now and then. Best of luck to you, and I will post what I can find on organizations or sponsors that might help.     — zmdh39     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone know how to add a surgery type and Surgeon to their profile?

[Mar 22, 2014]     Yes, I was able to post my surgeon and surgery date to my profile. Thank you! :)     — TrulyInspired     (See other answers/post your answer)