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Forty Most Recent Questions:

  1. My BMI is 33.9 I have arthritis, acid reflux and chronic back pain(due to the arthri) (Sep 16, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  2. What if's..... (Sep 11, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  3. Anyone diagnosed with MS long term poster Rey? By any chance did you also have low f (Sep 5, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  4. How long does Perocet stay in our bodies? (Sep 1, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  5. What woukd cause a severe dumping situation?? (Aug 26, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  6. Has anyone had a scar revision and wound debridement following a panniculectomy? (Aug 15, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  7. I had my lap and done 4 years ago I only lost 50 lbs. and have regained that plus (Jul 13, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  8. 5yr postop lapband food "sticking" and pain/pressure under left ribs (Jul 9, 2015) (View) (2 answers)
  9. 2015 Osteopenia Update and Help needed (Jun 22, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  10. i'm having hot flashes after surgery. I'm 67 and long past menopause. (Jun 18, 2015) (View) (2 answers)
  11. Are protidiet concentrated drink mixes considered clear liquids? (Jun 6, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  12. Does anyone else of LOW White Blood Cell count, and terrible leg pain 6 year post op (Apr 28, 2015) (View) (3 answers)
  13. Lower stoma not resticting (Apr 24, 2015) (View) (2 answers)
  14. As a woman having bypass, my doctor said it's common to see blood while using the bat (Apr 19, 2015) (View) (3 answers)
  15. Hi!!! Fasting (Apr 17, 2015) (View) (2 answers)
  16. 3 Months and 3 weeks out of surgery and my weight has stopped going down for 3 weeks (Apr 7, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  17. Medicare and Medicaid pay for revision (Apr 7, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  18. Does anyone have such cold hands they are painful? (Mar 23, 2015) (View) (2 answers)
  19. Anyone here have surgery at HCMC in MPLS recently? (Mar 3, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  20. Medicaid doctor close to joliet, il (Mar 2, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  21. I had stomac stapling in 1987 had it revised in 2010 since 2010 gained 35 lbs can i h (Feb 14, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  22. No longer have the been switched to sleeve change my records to read this (Jan 26, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  23. Is there a forum for memorials? (Jan 24, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  24. What can i do to jump start more weight loss... (Jan 22, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  25. 4 monts and stuck, NEED HELP! (Dec 18, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  26. Insurance (Nov 21, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  27. is my protein shake ok to use? (Nov 15, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  28. Are there any gummy vitamins with selenium? (Nov 8, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  29. Anyone in AZ with UHC? How long did the Prior Auth take? (Nov 5, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  30. Had gastric bypass 10 yrs out have regained 50 lbs bmi is 40 never was 20 (Nov 4, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  31. I'm 12 years post RNY, and apparently 100% lactose intolerant, has anyone else had th (Nov 4, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  32. will I be approved b/c I have an aneurysm on my assending aorta? am I high risk? (Oct 28, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  33. Does anyone know where Dr. Joseph Colella from Pittsburgh, PA is practicing? (Oct 13, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  34. Has anyone had problems with Elevated B12 levels? (Oct 7, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  35. I'm having pain in my chest after trying to drink. (Sep 28, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  36. Need advice on treating ileus, slow moving intestine. (Sep 24, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  37. Still diabetic (Sep 3, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  38. I received my approval letter for predetermination. What next? (Aug 19, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  39. I'm having a panniculectomy and massive hernia repair (Aug 17, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  40. Will Dr. still do surgery if blood sugar is 185...Surgery is tomorrow the 18th (Aug 17, 2014) (View) (1 answer)

Eighty Most Recent Answers:

Q: Does anyone have such cold hands they are painful?

[Feb 7, 2016]     i had tht problem while on toprol , hands feet nose all painfully cold. toprol centralizes your circulation , have to exercise to push the pain and cold out.     — Cheryl S W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: My BMI is 33.9 I have arthritis, acid reflux and chronic back pain(due to the arthri)

[Sep 17, 2015]     Your BMI is generally high enough to qualify you for bariatric surgery if you have comorbid conditions such as diabetes (type II), hypertension, sleep apnea or other potentially life-threatening medical conditions. If you're interested in WLS, check with your insurance if they cover WLS and how to proceed. You might need to start with your primary care doctor or, depending on your insurance, you could start the process of researching bariatric surgeons. You can search bariatric surgeons in your area on OH by using the "Find a Bariatric Surgeon" at the upper right hand search box on this page. You could also contact OH's Member Services to request their help in researching a surgeon. Their email is [email protected] Best of luck to you!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: What if's.....

[Sep 11, 2015]     To keep your A1C under 7.0, focus on eating protein and keep to the 20g of carbs. I suggest the carbs that you eat would be from vegetables. If you focus on eating protein and get your carbs from veggies.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 5yr postop lapband food "sticking" and pain/pressure under left ribs

[Sep 8, 2015]     I had the same issue plus reflux that was horrible. Saw my surgeon and found out my band had slipped. Had my band removed in February & had revision surgery to gastric bypass 4/15. It's been up & down. Definitely a lot different from the banding surgery. I'm down almost 80 pounds & glad I decide to do the revision. Definitely check with your doctor if you haven't. Good luck!     — Keisha L.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: i'm having hot flashes after surgery. I'm 67 and long past menopause.

[Sep 7, 2015]     I am having the same symptoms. I am starting to look into RH because I still eat high protein low carb small meals. It just recently started with sweating also     — Stephanie J.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Anyone diagnosed with MS long term poster Rey? By any chance did you also have low f

[Sep 5, 2015]     I encourage you to post your question on the General Discussion message board so more members will see it and be able to respond to your question. Copy/paste the URL below to the General Discussion board. You might also post it on your surgical board as well. URL: http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/amos/ Best of luck to you!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone else of LOW White Blood Cell count, and terrible leg pain 6 year post op

[Sep 5, 2015]     Have you had your ferritin checked?     — C W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: How long does Perocet stay in our bodies?

[Sep 2, 2015]     I don't know the answer to your question so I did a search. It seems that it varies for each person but generally, this is what I found: http://www.wikimedz.com/topic/6e8a549e45c67c0d2d8c4da5999c780d     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: What woukd cause a severe dumping situation??

[Aug 28, 2015]     Dumping generally can occur with the gastric bypass weight loss surgery. Dumping can last for quite a few hours but doesn't last for two months. The definition of dumping is: Dumping Syndrome: Whereby stomach contents move too rapidly through the small intestine. Symptoms include nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness, and, occasionally, diarrhea after eating, as well as the inability to eat sweets without becoming so weak and sweaty that the patient may have to lie down until the symptoms pass. I encourage you to call your bariatric surgeon. I've dumped and a dumping episode doesn't last for as long as you're describing.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Has anyone had a scar revision and wound debridement following a panniculectomy?

[Aug 18, 2015]     I haven't had plastic surgery so unfortunately I'm unable to respond to your question. Cross-post this on the ObesityHelp Plastic Surgery message board so other PS post-ops can support you. Copy and paste this URL: http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/plasticsurgery/ All the best to you and your upcoming surgery! Take care, Cathy     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Lower stoma not resticting

[Jul 19, 2015]     UpDate.... Dr said it isn't serious, not danger, and so he refused to do the revision, saying it wouldn't last long, so not worth his attempt, I was a bit upset. He wanted me to do things that my insurance would no way cover, see a dietician, weight loss management or something like that. So I guess I will have to struggle with what I have, or try to find another Dr.     — Tammi H.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I had my lap and done 4 years ago I only lost 50 lbs. and have regained that plus

[Jul 13, 2015]     With any WLS procedure and regain, go back to basics. Eat like you did when you first had your surgery. Focus on protein first, then vegetables and minimize eating the simple carbs such as bread. I had RNY surgery in 2001 and if I eat too fast, food gets stuck. One of the best ways to be on track is to log your food. You can use OH's Health Tracker (under MYOH). Contact bariatric surgeons around the Jacksonville, FL area: http://www.obesityhelp.com/find/bariatric-surgeon/?location=Jacksonville%20FL. You lost weight before and you can do it again!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 5yr postop lapband food "sticking" and pain/pressure under left ribs

[Jul 10, 2015]     When was the last time you had a fill and/or saw your bariatric surgeon? There are many long-term post-ops that have had difficulty with their Lap Band years later. I strongly suggest that you give your bariatric surgeon's office a call to describe the symptoms you are experiencing. Both of these symptoms need to be brought to the attention of your surgeon to determine what the cause is. Take care!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 2015 Osteopenia Update and Help needed

[Jun 23, 2015]     I suggest you locate a gynecologist and get established with one for your well woman care. This would include bone density scans and appropriate medication for osteoporosis. I know that many RNY post-ops take Fosamax. For additional info, copy/paste the URL below: http://www.obesityhelp.com/articles/?s=osteoporosis     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: i'm having hot flashes after surgery. I'm 67 and long past menopause.

[Jun 18, 2015]     Hot flashes are pretty common. Some of the causes are peri-menopause (not in your case), losing weight, hormonal, food, and vitamins - especially due to inadequate B3 and Niacin. Since you're 1-1/2 years post-op, unless you're losing weight quickly, I would question if it is surgery related. I strongly encourage you to see your primary care physician to have your blood checked for any issues. I would also call your surgeon or nutritionist to run this by them. Take care!!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone else of LOW White Blood Cell count, and terrible leg pain 6 year post op

[Jun 12, 2015]     actually I am 8 years out and struggling to keep all my blood counts up.     — Charmaine E.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Are protidiet concentrated drink mixes considered clear liquids?

[Jun 7, 2015]     The best thing for you to do is to check with your surgeon. Best to be on the safe side by running it by your surgeon. If you're referring to their Pink Lemonade drink, I would not consider it a clear liquid. Congratulations on your VSG tomorrow! Please post updates on the Main Discussion message board at: http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/amos/     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 2003 bcbs traditional mi......and reconstructive surgery

[May 23, 2015]     Do you know what the procedure codes are for Messa BCBS? They are VERY vague when I called to see exactly what the requirements are. I have the 100#, back ache w/ chiro, sores w/ scripts, but I'm not sure my panni hangs down low enough.     — M O.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone else of LOW White Blood Cell count, and terrible leg pain 6 year post op

[Apr 30, 2015]     I personally have not had issues with low white blood cell counts. You might consider posting this on the General Discussion board or the surgical board of the procedure you had. I would schedule an appointment with your PCP and possibly even call your bariatric surgeon. For your leg pain, I don't think it would have a connection but that would be for your PCP to check. Both issues are concerning and should be discussed with your doctor.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Lower stoma not resticting

[Apr 30, 2015]     It is good that you've had an upper gi and have the documentation to show medical necessity. Contact your insurance (Medicare and Medicaid) at the number on the back of your insurance cards. Explain to them what you have per the upper gi and find out if it is covered. If it is, ask for a list of surgeons that accept your insurance that perform revisions. Contact the surgeon(s) for consults. I wish you the best of luck!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: As a woman having bypass, my doctor said it's common to see blood while using the bat

[Apr 21, 2015]     When I had lap gastric bypass, I had a drain without any of the cycle issues you describe. It is good that your doctors know about what you're experiencing. I hope it resolves for you soon. Good wishes to you with your hysterectomy.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Hi!!! Fasting

[Apr 21, 2015]     As a follow-up, below is the URL to OH's Christian forum: http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/christianity     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: As a woman having bypass, my doctor said it's common to see blood while using the bat

[Apr 21, 2015]     Hi Cathy, surgeon and nurses know. They informed me it would happen. However, none of my other friends had same outcome. Yet they all had drain tube after surgery and all I had were 6 incisions closed with skin glue. No drain tube so im guessing thats the only way out?     — Natasha M.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: As a woman having bypass, my doctor said it's common to see blood while using the bat

[Apr 20, 2015]     When we have any time of surgery, our bodies can react in various ways. One of them is having heavier, lighter or more frequent menstruation. I suggest calling your gynecologist, especially since you're having a hysterectomy in a few weeks. You could also call your bariatric surgeon's office to let them know since you just had WLS. Take care!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Hi!!! Fasting

[Apr 20, 2015]     ObesityHelp has on-line support groups, and there is a Christian OH Group. Check it out at the URL below: http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/martineaton_group/ You can also post your question on the surgical board for the procedure you've had or on the General Discussion board. Go to the top nav bar (in blue) and click on Forums. From the drop down menu, you'll see all the message boards there. If you'd like to start your own OH Group, you can! To start your own, go to: www.obesityhelp.com/group/     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 3 Months and 3 weeks out of surgery and my weight has stopped going down for 3 weeks

[Apr 8, 2015]     Weight stalls are part of the weight loss surgery process. They happen to all of us. When a stall occurs, dig in and keep doing what you've been doing since having surgery. Outlast your stall and don't get frustrated or stress out. During a stall, your body is adjusting to your weight loss. Even though the scale isn't showing a weight loss, things are going on with your body. Are your clothes looser? Usually during a stall, you'll see that your body is losing inches. If you've taken your measurements, take them again. You need to give your body nutrition. Not eating is not the answer. Your body will go into a starvation mode and you'll actually undermine your weight loss. Eat protein first and drink water. Remember, this isn't a diet but a lifestyle. Part of your stall could be because you aren't eating so your body is holding on to any nutrition, thus starvation mode. Check out this article: http://www.obesityhelp.com/articles/scale A search for member posts on stalls: http://www.obesityhelp.com/search/action,search_oh/?q=stall&cx=000946886326336472648%3Ae-vpeg4uyxw&cof=FORID%3A9 Hang in there!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Medicare and Medicaid pay for revision

[Apr 7, 2015]     To determine Medicare/Medicaid coverage for a revision, it would be best to contact them directly. For them to determine coverage, explain your current health situation that you want to have a revision for. You might ask them for a list of bariatric surgeons in your area that accept Medicare/Medicaid. Once you have a list of bariatric surgeons, make an appointment to consult with the surgeon(s) to discuss the revision and medical necessity conditions that you believe warrant a revision. Best of luck to you!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone have such cold hands they are painful?

[Mar 24, 2015]     I'm assuming you've had weight loss surgery in answering your question. From having WLS and a significant weight loss, changes in metabolism occur. Possible causes of being cold (not limited to only hands) can be an indication of nutritional deficiencies, especially during the first six months post-op. Post-ops lose the fat stores that normally insulates us from cold temperatures. How are your lab results? Are you on a daily vitamin regime? Iron deficiencies can cause us to be cold. If your hands feel numb or have the "pins and needles" feeling, that can be a B12 issue. Call your bariatric surgeon's office to describe what you're experiencing and to see if you need follow-up blood tests done. It is best to check to make sure by checking in with your surgeon.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Anyone here have surgery at HCMC in MPLS recently?

[Mar 5, 2015]     I'm not sure what HCMC in MPLS refers to. I input MPLS in the "Find a Bariatric Surgeon" at the top of each page and the link below came up: http://www.obesityhelp.com/find/bariatric-surgeon/?location=MPLS If you're wanting to check with any OH members about their surgical experience, post this on your state message board. You can find your state board under: Forums See All Forums (last entry on the far right column) Scroll down to the State area Locate your state and click on it If you have any questions or would like assistance to locate a surgeon, you can contact Member Services at [email protected]     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Medicaid doctor close to joliet, il

[Mar 5, 2015]     In order to obtain the more current and updated information, call the number on the back of your Medicaid card. Ask them for a list of bariatric surgeons in your area that accept Medicaid. From the list, you can research each one on ObesityHelp at the URL below: http://www.obesityhelp.com/find/bariatric-surgeon/?location=Jouliet%20IL. Click on the surgeon's name and review their profile. If after reviewing their profile you'd like to meet them, call their office to confirm they take Medicaid and schedule to attend an Informational Seminar. Good luck to you and your WLS journey.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I had stomac stapling in 1987 had it revised in 2010 since 2010 gained 35 lbs can i h

[Feb 16, 2015]     Have you checked with your bariatric surgeon to make sure your WLS is mechanically working as it should? Assuming it is, regain is due to a return of unhealthy habits such as grazing, eating too many simple carbs, not exercising types of habits. You can lose weight regain by returning to healthy habits. Another good thing to do is log your food and activity each day. There is something about having to log in a food choice that can make you avoid unhealthy foods. You can use OH's Health Tracker, found under "MY OH" on the blue nav of OH. I encourage you to join the Back On Track Together group @ http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/backontracktogether too. You can lose your regain with commitment and consistency with healthy habits!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: What can i do to jump start more weight loss...

[Feb 9, 2015]     What surgery procedure did you have? Can you provide some of the food items you're eating? If you are eating mostly carbs, that can account for slow weight loss. Generally, we need to eat lean protein first, followed by vegetables. Complex (whole grains, oatmeal, etc.) carbs are okay but less often than protein and veggies. Simple carbs (sugary foods, white bread, white rice, potatoes, etc.) will slow or prevent weight loss. Have you seen your surgeon or nutritionist since your surgery to discuss this with them? If not, call the nutritionist to check. I also encourage you to journal your food. OH has Health Tracker (located under MY OH's drop down) on the blue nav bar. You can show the nutritionist or surgeon what you're eating so they can assist you with food selection to maximize your WLS and weight loss.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: No longer have the been switched to sleeve change my records to read this

[Feb 9, 2015]     Congratulations on losing 32 pounds. I'm glad you feel terrific. Get used to feeling terrific because it is only going to get more as you lose more weight.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Is there a forum for memorials?

[Feb 9, 2015]     The Memorial page is here: http://www.obesityhelp.com/morbidobesity/members/wlsmemorial.php Thank you for your support.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 4 monts and stuck, NEED HELP!

[Jan 1, 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.     — Jennifer C.     (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.     — Fredericka H.     (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.     — Stacey E.     (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.     — Judith J.     (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!     — Vanessa V.     (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.     — Vanessa V.     (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 .     — Dustin B.     (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.     — Helen U.     (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.     — Sandy B.     (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.     — Janice V.     (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     — Cynthia G.     (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     — Ruth A.     (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     — Linda M.     (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.     — Toni J.     (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     — Marie F.     (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     — Marie F.     (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.     — Irene M.     (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.     — Patty S.     (See other answers/post your answer)

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

[Aug 16, 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!!!!     — Alma W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

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

[Aug 14, 2014]     grant money for what?     — Bob H.     (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 H.     (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 H.     (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?     — Willa R.     (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     — Willa R.     (See other answers/post your answer)

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

[Aug 8, 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.     — Susan S.     (See other answers/post your answer)

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

[Aug 7, 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.     — Annette L.     (See other answers/post your answer)

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

[Aug 7, 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.     — Annette L.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I want food!!

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

Q: I want food!!

[Jul 27, 2014]     My name comes up no profile found:( must be a bug:( Heres a link to my profile     — Bob H.     (See other answers/post your answer)



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