17th May 1999, surgery date, ECU School of Medicine, Greenville, NC. Open RNY Gastric Bypass. Thanks to the many support group members on the net.
Surgeon: Paul R. G. Cunningham M.D.
I'm very blessed to have a solid support person, my son Kevin, (who came in from South Korea) helped me take care ALL my needs.
Dr. Cunningham's office Asst., "Kim" and Lab Personnel, Alice are jewels indeed. Thanks Ladies.
- 2 weeks post RNY. Surgery went well. Pain more bearable, although having serious physical exhaustion and difficulty to handle any the recommended diet so far still. Staples taken out. The medical personnel were great. Special thanks to Drs. Cunningham and Meadows and wonderfully sensitive Office and Nursing staff at both hospital and clinic.
- Lots of acid reflux. Pretty much drained physically. Difficulty with any meat, poultry, fish products, bread the like. Lots of "unannounced" dumping. Starting self-imposed protein supplement regimen. . . vitamin supplement & b-12
- Prior two weeks were very rough. However, continuing protein routine ~~lots more energy currently. Dumping has slowed down. Really educating myself about protein intake as a result of consuming pulses and the like.. . vitamins & B12
- Feel like a new person. Much stronger. Lots of natural vegetable "protein packed" foods. . . beans, rice, eggs, etc. ~ consuming lots of satisfying teas. Dumping not as pronounced. Weight loss satisfactory. . . vitamins still
- 7 Months Post-op. Loss 100+ pounds. Pretty much a lacto-ovo vegetarian, by necessity( lots of pain associated with the comsumption of meats, poultry, etc). Doing much better. Come done from dress size 26/28 to 12/14, YAHOO!!!
Improving continually . . . enjoying walking as exercise
- 9 months post-op ~ only 20# to goal weight. . . dumping not quite as often. . . got a new Doctor closer to my residence (he's only 2 miles away) . . . joined a newly formed wls support group . . . greatest worry now is "remaining in control of my weight loss" ~ hopefully will be able to have TT (in the near future) for the excesive tummy skin ~ regular exercise a pleasurable outlet for me - especially walking & dancing
Dr. Cunningham has been very informative and is very easy to talk with. I recommend him highly. He has a very pleasant staff also.
Military Benefit- Covered under
Tri-Care Prime-- ECU was their recommendation.
Tri-Care Insurance has been very cooperative.
No problems in approval process. However, you must be PATIENT. It does not happen overnight.
My out-of-pocket expense approx. $200.