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Twenty Most Recent Questions:

  1. will I be approved b/c I have an aneurysm on my assending aorta? am I high risk? (Oct 28, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  2. Does anyone know where Dr. Joseph Colella from Pittsburgh, PA is practicing? (Oct 13, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  3. Has anyone had problems with Elevated B12 levels? (Oct 7, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  4. I'm having pain in my chest after trying to drink. (Sep 28, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  5. Need advice on treating ileus, slow moving intestine. (Sep 24, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  6. Still diabetic (Sep 3, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  7. I received my approval letter for predetermination. What next? (Aug 19, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  8. I'm having a panniculectomy and massive hernia repair (Aug 18, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  9. Will Dr. still do surgery if blood sugar is 185...Surgery is tomorrow the 18th (Aug 17, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  10. OMG Dr Kuhn died in July 2014 but I am scheduled for RNY 08/28/14 (Aug 16, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  11. Revision Lap RNY scheduled 8/28/14 very nervous tips? (Aug 16, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  12. Nissen Fundoplication (Aug 15, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  13. Has anyone found out the place that you can get grant money? (Aug 14, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  14. Trying to get my profile (Aug 11, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  15. Care first administers (Aug 4, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  16. just diagnosed with osteoporosis 4yrs post RNY what med can I take to absorb? (Aug 2, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  17. six weeks post-op, only lost 6 lbs. (Aug 2, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  18. Dr's in Fresno California that take Calviva Health for GVS? (Jul 23, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  19. I want food!! (Jul 23, 2014) (View) (5 answers)
  20. I can not find a Baritrac Dr. that takes HorizonNjhealth. Can anyone help? (Jul 23, 2014) (View) (1 answer)

Thirty Most Recent Answers:

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)

Q: 2 weeks before surgery and I'm eating like a razorback!

[Sep 3, 2014]     OMG!! I thought I was the only one, my surgery date is sept 16,2014 and I have been having a food funeral like crazy. I praying that it don't stop me from having my surgery I would be devastated so keep me in your prayer and I will do the same.     — Mztonij     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 10 days post op and have cheated--have I ruined everything?

[Aug 31, 2014]     what type of surgery did you have     — devmar2123     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 10 days post op and have cheated--have I ruined everything?

[Aug 31, 2014]     what type of surgery did you have     — devmar2123     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: how do i remove a ticker from my profile?

[Aug 29, 2014]     Click the right hand top corner where your name appears and go into settings, then go under Tracking. Then under the height section, there is a Weight (update your weight). Punch in your new weight and it will move the icon.     — Nina1119     (See other answers/post your answer)

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

[Aug 24, 2014]     I was 64 when I had my surgery. It has been a life saver. I'm off all my medication for high cholesterol, my glucose numbers are normal, my blood pressure is actually low, my knee and back pain has substantially lessened. I lost 70 lbs. in a year and I've kept it off. My docs were not concerned about age, just health and being able to get through the surgery.     — Patty129     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: OMG Dr Kuhn died in July 2014 but I am scheduled for RNY 08/28/14

[Aug 17, 2014]     OK, sanity finally returned to me as the day went on. Yes, I am still upset about the death of my surgeon, that has not changed. He was such a good, decent, reputable man and surgeon that was why I researched so hard to find him. My heart goes out to his family and staff. It must be very devastating for them. I cannot imagine! Their lives have been turned upside down and will never be the same. I feel ashamed of how I overreacted on some levels. As all of us know whenever you have to have surgery of any kind it is so imperative to have a surgeon that you trust as this is no joking matter, people have died from weightloss surgeries before for a variety of reasons. My gut reaction was I do not want to be one of those who dies. I am putting on my big girl panties and going to meet with his partner as planned and begin my trust journey with him. I am sure my doc trained him well and he had better be watching from heaven when I have my surgery!!!!     — Awillis     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Has anyone found out the place that you can get grant money?

[Aug 15, 2014]     grant money for what?     — bob-haller     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: six weeks post-op, only lost 6 lbs.

[Aug 14, 2014]     Call your surgeon. Are you in ketosis? With terrible bad breathe. Its really a good thing...Try increasing your activity level. Go for brisk walk etc     — bob-haller     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Trying to get my profile

[Aug 14, 2014]     Hi just click on your name at the end of the question, it will take you to your profile:)     — bob-haller     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Am I eating too much?

[Aug 11, 2014]     Have you ever grazed? If so that could have stretched your pouch. I was told that after a year post op RNY I would be able to eat 11/2 cups max. I'm at stage 3 in eating plan right now can have one half cup if I want. But am satisfied with eating just one fourth cup. Have you talked with your surgeon or dietitian?     — gammongirl64     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: six weeks post-op, only lost 6 lbs.

[Aug 11, 2014]     I'm 6 weeks post op and I've lost 25 pounds, but nothing so far this week my only change was adding saltine crackers and double protein bread so now I'm eliminating those. I've also changed my exercise from walking for 35 min daily to dancing to my Just Dance video. I'm thinking carbs are the culprit . I had RNY surgery. I hope you figure it out if not contact your dietitian and ask for suggestions     — gammongirl64     (See other answers/post your answer)

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

[Aug 9, 2014]     I'm glad to see this question. My surgeon is being very thorough and having me obtain clearance with cardiologist and pulmonologist. The pulmonologist who also handles weight loss, was not very positive, meaning he recommended another approached based on negative effects the surgery may have.     — sds0029     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I had the sleeve on only lost 40lbs in a year? Please help

[Aug 8, 2014]     I would start by working with a dietician and follow their plan exactly. Include lots of exercise. The sleeve isn't magic its only a tool that you need to learn to use and control.     — quiltpainter     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I can not find a Baritrac Dr. that takes HorizonNjhealth. Can anyone help?

[Aug 8, 2014]     Start by calling your insurance company and ask for a referral. They will check to make sure you have bariatric coverage and then should be able to give you a list of physicians that accept your insurance. Good luck.     — quiltpainter     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I want food!!

[Jul 27, 2014]     http://www.obesityhelp.com/morbidobesity/members/profile.php?N=H984352619     — bob-haller     (See other answers/post your answer)