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on 3/23/23 4:28 am
Topic: RE: Pre/post surgery, regain, transfer addiction questions

Hi OH!!

I made a video explaining what the 15 minutes will consist of (tumping out your brain!) and then an offering of a 45 minute session where I will share brain and body games that you can take and use forevahhh! The 45 minute session is a thank you for your valuable time and access to your brain. :}

YOU ARE LOVED! YOU ARE MIRACULOUS! EVERYTHING YOU ARE GOING THRU NOW CAN BE PURPOSEFUL. Even the ****tiest **** can be composted for rich soil to grow other things.

Talk soon!

Love you, ForRealz!


VSG with Dr. Alvarez in 04.2009. Maintain 130 lb loss - not by depending on surgical restriction or food rules. Change your mind, change your life.

on 3/17/23 8:28 pm
Topic: OHIP Dr Recommendation

Can anyone make a recommendation for a DR to perform Sleeve in Ontario?

Dr. Guillermo Alvarez
on 3/14/23 7:13 am
Topic: The #AskDrA Show | Episode 208 | Headaches, Birth Control & Fiber Supplements

Good morning,

Don't forget to check out the new episode of the #AskDrA Show.

You can watch it here:


Dr. Alvarez

on 3/13/23 3:21 pm, edited 3/13/23 8:23 am
VSG on 12/02/15
Topic: RE: Cramping after Eating

During the first couple of years [maybe not quite that long] I had to chew my food until it practically disappeared or it was hard to digest, and especially raw vegies

5'2.5" Surgery date/ 12-02-15 Dr.Valentine Boise ID

Highest:289 SW/212 CW 122


Goal reached at 10 months

on 3/11/23 7:51 am
WLS on 07/15/22
Topic: RE: Cramping after Eating


I'm sorry you're going through this. Is it possible you have a stricture? What does your doctor say?

My first meal in the mornings is always the hardest and I feel full after one bite, then have to wait a while until I can eat a normal (for me) portion.

Don't have answers but wishing you well, and congratulations on almost two years!

282 at referral, 280 at consult, 249 on 7/15 for SADI surgery

Loss: Pre-op-33, M1-12, M2-17, M3-14, M4-11, M5-14, M6-5, M7-6, M8-5

Today's weight: 161.6

Dr. Guillermo Alvarez
on 3/9/23 7:42 am
Topic: Dane's Testimonial | Gastric Sleeve Surgery | Endobariatric | Dr. Alvarez

Good morning,
Don't forget to check out our new video testimonial on our YouTube channel.

You can watch it here:

Dr. Alvarez

on 3/6/23 3:15 pm
VSG on 08/06/20
Topic: Cramping after Eating

Hi Everyone, I am coming up to 2 years post-op in June. I am doing quite well so far but every so often I will experience a very unpleasant experience.

It has only happened a hand full of times over the last 6 months but it happened again last night and I was wondering if anyone else has experienced similar.

After eating dinner (a small portion of marinated chicken and salad, less than what I can usually eat) I had terrible cramping/stomach pain (felt like my food was stuck from going to my stomach and it was cramping to try force it down), it would come and go, kind of like in waves every few minutes. I have had this a few times where it will pass after letting the food settle but on a few occasions I have had it just continue for hours until I force myself to vomit up the food and then the pain will finally go away. This is what happened last night, the pain stayed for 4 hours until I finally forced myself to vomit.

My only concern is it's making me have a fear of eating because it will happen again.

Does anyone have any advice for this?


Dr. Guillermo Alvarez
on 3/2/23 7:17 am
Topic: Fasting | Gastric Sleeve Surgery | Questions & Answers

Good morning,
Don't forget to check out our new episode on youtube.

You can watch it here:

Dr. Alvarez

on 2/28/23 7:37 am - Nashville, TN
Revision on 03/18/15
Topic: RE: No insurance requirements, Dr requirements?
On February 26, 2023 at 4:07 AM Pacific Time, ReadyForIt128 wrote:

Hello everyone :). I have my first consultation with my surgeon in a little over a month. I cannot wait to get it all started and I'm excited. This is something I thought about and tried to do on my own for years and I feel as though I'm ready to now use vsg as a tool to help me be healthy and happy now at 35 years old.

With that being said, I called my insurance twice to make sure (I have Northwell Direct -ppo ) that they will cover all bariatric surgeries (especially vsg in particular) and to see if they have any pre-approval requirements. According to the two people I've called and spoken to, any bariatric surgery I choose is 100% covered since my bmi is 45, including everything associated with the surgery before and after. Also they both claim that there are no requirements on my plan from my insurance company to get do to be approved...(no weighs-in necessary, no 3 month or 6 month programs, no steps to take.) With that being said I'm assuming that it will be all in my surgeons hands, no?

Has anyone been told that their insurance only requires a bmi of over 40 or 35 with comorbidites, and than had a surgeon who had minimal requirements?

Has anyone had no requirements (besides bmi) from your insurance, but your surgeon still had you on weight monitoring and/or a 6 month plan?

Has anyone had no requirements (besides bmi) from your insurance and been fast tracked with your surgeon?

I'm sorry for all the questions, I'm just new here and to all of this and through my months of research it seems to be that the standard for vsg is at least getting bloodwork, getting a pysch evaluation, meeting with a nutritionist and a lot of the times getting a sleep study and/or seeing a cardiologist.

I have a ppo therefore I don't need pcp approval to see specialists. I'm hoping to get some feedback for others experience since I can't find one article, post or video on the internet about Anyone who has my health insurance and getting bariatric surgery so looking for tips or insight from others under my exact insurance has been a dud. :/

here's the thing. Just because your insurance company covers bariatric surgery, doesn't mean your employer bought the rider for its employees. If your employer didn't buy bariatric surgery coverage, your insurance won't cover it.

be sure to check with your insurance contact at your job to make sure they bought the rider.




on 2/27/23 10:21 am
WLS on 07/15/22
Topic: RE: No insurance requirements, Dr requirements?


Congrats on starting your journey - that's a big deal!

So...Different surgery, different insurance. The insurance wasn't the one with requirements for me, it was my employer. And mine was pretty fast tracked. They did require a referral from my PCP (April 2022), consult at the clinic (May 2022 first open appointment), whi*****luded all the bloodwork and lab testing they needed from me in one day. At the very least, there should be coagulation and other testing to ensure safe surgery, but maybe yours follows a different process. I didn't have to get an endoscopy or any specialist tests but had no co-morbidities officially other than sleep apnea. No history of GERD.

My starting BMI was 43 and change.

My employer required a psych eval and three nutritionist appointments, which could practically be completed back-to-back.

All of that to initial consult with the clinic was May 24, I think. It took two weeks for them to approve everything for me to be a candidate after finishing the few requirements by June 8th. They called at the end of June to schedule and I had surgery July 15th, 2022. That's a pretty accelerated timeline compared to a lot of what I hear unless people are self-paying in Mexico.

On the other side of that, it puts a much bigger burden on us to move so quickly. Surgery is for our bodies but doesn't change our minds. A lot of the lead time is to give you a chance to make the long-term changes needed to succeed after surgery. My clinic did reinforce that I was moving at lightning speed (by their standards), and that did leave a large burden on me to do the work. It's a huge reason why there are often such long lead times.

Hope this helps, and it's good to ask all of the questions!

282 at referral, 280 at consult, 249 on 7/15 for SADI surgery

Loss: Pre-op-33, M1-12, M2-17, M3-14, M4-11, M5-14, M6-5, M7-6, M8-5

Today's weight: 161.6

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