Not sure what TWH is.... but I met with the surgeon at my first appointment after seminar. In many practices that is normal. If your BMI is over 50 it is usually not necessary to have any co-morbidities. The general rule is having a co-morbidity is necessary if your BMI is under 40. My surgeon says the ones they consider are diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.
Obviously there are medical evaluations/tests and psych evaluations to follow.
Hi there! I went to an orientation at twh yesterday and received my first appointment, but it is with the surgeon! From what I understand from the orientation, they need to determine if I can even have the surgery. Has anyone started the process the same way? Other than morbidly obese, I am relatively healthy- no diabetes, high blood pressure etc. I had a total thyroidectomy due to enlarged thyroid and papillary cancer back in 2014, and have been regularly monitoring blood work with my endocrinologist. My weight loss medical clinic that I working with says I'm a perfect candidate for this type of surgery. Any insight and advice is greatly appreciated!
VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)
Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170
A guess would be a size 6x from a plus-size only catalog like one called Woman Within, not from a retail store. If you order super-stretchy elastic waistbands and tunic tops, you could be off a size or two either way and the size may still be work.
Hi, My name is Mary. I weigh 354lbs 5ft 6inch. I was injured 6 years ago and gained a lot of weight. I finally got approved for surgery. I'm in Oregon so it will be OHSU. I have few things to do before surgery... I'm looking forward to it. My question to you is... Excess skin plastic surgery, is it expensive? My insurance says they will only cover tummy tuck.
Hope everything is back on track! I'm currently past my lowest goal weight and might even go a bit lower. Still walking, drinking water, hitting the gym 3 plus times a week, and I added bike riding a few times a week.
As far as my eating goes I've added back in a few carbs but still not many, plus added calories. Really trying to find that sweet spot where I can maintain my weight, just need to balance my protein, carbs, calories.
HW: 398.8 6/6/16, SW:356 11/29/16, 3 year Goal:175 Hit at 5/18/18 @18 Months Post Op, Wish Goal 155 Hit at 21 Months Post Op. Still 2.5 weeks from 2 year and hit another GOAL!! I was just going to try maintenance over the holidays then work on losing my extra 10% for bounce back. But since I'm still losing, I adjusted my goal weight by 5 more pounds. Let's do this!
This post is a few months old but I am adding to it for those reading it for the first time. (I use the RNY forum most often because it is the more active but sometimes feels like lack of understanding from the super obese viewpoint; my BMI was in the 60's with complete absence of normalcy). The center for weight management I went to had a veteran surgeon who was willing to perform RNY even though I was high risk. Had he performed the duodenal switch, I would have been a willing candidate. I lost over 200 pounds total with regain of 40 due to weakening in the maintaining marathon. I stumble often but keep going with plans to never give up even if it means revision surgery.