April 1, 2001
Weight Loss Survey ResponsesClick Here To View
Surgeon: Robert Rutledge, M.D., F.A.C.S.
I'm doing well and wanted to update my profile. I will be
one year post-op 4/17/01. I've lost 138 lbs and my BMI is
25.1 - "Ideal". I wear 12s & 14s now (was wearing 26s & 28s
this time last year.
December 31, 2000
Happy New Year to all!! I'm hanging in there and doing well. I
weigh 190 lbs now (down 128 lbs). I'm 8 1/2 months post-op. My
BMI is now 26.5 and my measurements continue to come down also.
I'm wearing sizes 14 & 16 now.
November 4, 2000
I wanted to let everyone know that I am still doing great. I weighed
203 lbs this morning (down 115 lbs). I am 6 1/2 months post-op. I
have lost 9 1/2" in the bust, 19" in the waist, 13" in the hips,
6 1/2" in the thigh, and 4 1/2" in the bicep. My BMI is 28.3 (in
the Overweight category - not even Very Overweight category!!).
I have gone from wearing a size 28 to a size 16. I feel absolutely
wonderful!! I am still on the Prilosec and Paxil, but that is a
small price to pay for the results that I've had. I turned 50 yrs
old last week and feel better than I have in years.
August 27, 2000
I am continuing to do well. My weight this morning was 230 lbs
(down 88 lbs!!). I have lost 6 1/2" in the bust, 14" in the waist,
7 3/4" in the hips, 4 1/2" in the right thigh, and 3 1/2" in the
right bicep. My BMI is now 33.0 (no longer morbidly obese). I did
go on Paxil (antidepressant) about a month ago and this has helped
my emotional roller coaster (which was down more than it was up!).
I have also had to stay on Prilosec 20mg daily because of a gnawing-
crampy feeling that I kept getting in my stomach. I go to the gym
2-4 times a week and workout for about an hour. Still not having
any regrets about having the surgery - would do it again tomorrow.
June 10, 2000
My weight this morning at the gym was 270 (down 48 lbs!!!). I have
also lost 10 inches in my waist, 4 inches in the bust, 2 inches in
the hips, thighs, and biceps. My BMI is now 38.7. I'm still feeling
fine and not experiencing any major eating problems.
May 19, 2000
Pre-op weight 318 lbs, 5'10 1/2" tall, BMI of 45.6
4 weeks post-op weight 288 lbs (-30 lbs!!!!) BMI of 41.3
Feeling great, absolutely no regrets. Still having problems with
dairy products, but that is only foods I haven't been able to eat.
Energy level is wonderful!!
May 5, 2000
Well I'm almost three weeks post op and still feel great. I've lost
23 lbs already!!!! I'm back at work full time which includes traveling
and eating in restaurants. So far no major problems, found a few
things that didn't work - orange juice and cottage cheese & peaches.
I've had some twinges of nausea but no vomiting, no pain at all though.
I go to the gym three times a week and walk 20-30 minutes on the
treadmill. I've not regretted my decision for even 1 second so far.
April 19, 2000
I had my surgery on April 17th, and I am feeling pretty darn good!!
I had some pretty severe nausea the first day after surgery, but none
since then. I am anxious to start losing the pounds now!!
Mar 11, 2000
I have had to reschedule my surgical date a couple of times
because of a skin problem I was having. Hopefully, all is
corrected now ("problematic gland" surgically removed) and
I will have the mini gastric bypass on my NEW surgical date
of April 17, 2000. My insurance company has been very
cooperative with the changes and extension dates that I have
needed to make. Keep your fingers crossed for me that nothing
else happens as I am very ready for the gastric bypass to
be done - I was hoping to have lost about 35 lbs now instead
of still waiting to have the surgery!!
I'm a 48 yo widow with one great son married to a wonderful
daughter-in-law. They have an adorable 8 month old and are
expecting a new baby in April, 2000. I have fought weight all
of my life and decided about 10 yrs ago that I was tired of
fighting it and didn't care any more. Well.........I do care
after all!! A niece of mine had gastric bypass surgery done
about 6 months ago and that has gotten me thinking about having
it done, too. I have recently moved to western North Carolina
and want to be able to go hiking in these beautiful mountains
around me instead of just looking at them through the car window.
I am a registered nurse and have seen first hand what health
problems can occur from morbid obesity. I have been lucky so
far with my own health in that I don't have diabetes or high
blood pressure - yet. I have been having more and more problems
with my knees hurting and lower back pain (I had back surgery in
1993). I have also been having more problems with acid reflux
and shortness of breath with minimal exertion. I don't like what
I see happening to me and I am ready to try anything. I have
been the diet route many times and have lost hundreds of pounds -
and gained them back. My father died of a heart attack at 59
yrs old and my mother has heart disease and high blood pressure.
My cholesterol level stays around 250 even though I try to
control the cholesterol in my diet. I am just tired of being
tired all of the time and want to enjoy life again.
I had my first clinic appointment with Dr R on
12/11/99 and was very impressed with him and his
office. He truly seems to be interested in his
patients (and prospective patients) and also in
helping the morbidly obese in general through
public education. He has a very strict criteria
in place for qualifying for having the surgery
done that leaves 'no stone unturned'. In going
through the steps required you learn about yourself
(you really aren't a failure in life because you
can get/keep this weight off), your family gets
a good understanding of what you are going through
and wanting to do now, and you are required to talk
to at least 10 patients that he has already done
the surgery on to get their opinion of the surgery
and the surgeon. His office staff is very knowledgeable
in the insurance nightmare and willing to help you
in your battle (they also require that you have
a part in this battle, too). I have found nothing
negative in this experience so far. His aftercare
appears to be just as structured and strict as
his pre-op requirements. This is very important
for the patient as well as in collecting important
statistics for the care of the morbidly obese in
general. The risks of the surgery are spelled out
to the inth degree and you are given ample opportunity
to ask any questions that you may have. So far, I
would rate him a 10 out of 10. In working in the
healthcare field for many years as an RN, it is just
as important for you to have faith in your surgeon's
competence as it is for him to have a good bedside
manner. A patient is much more likely to adhere to
the post-op instructions if he/she feels like the
surgeon is "really" interested in the patient and not
just in it "for the money". You also need to feel
comfortable in asking questions of you surgeon and
that you are given the time that you deserve.
BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, Teachers and State Employees C
I really didn't have any problems. My doctor's
office filed the request for approval and then
I also called after the pre-approval was given
to make sure that it was a covered procedure.
The BCBS office that I called was very friendly
and helpful, absolutely no complaints so far.
4/1/00 update: I've had to reschedule my surgery
twice and had to get an extension on my approval
both times. Tammy at the BCBS office has been
very helpful and a pleasure to work with.