Mahalo F.’s Posts

Mahalo F.
on 4/24/21 11:06 am
Topic: RE: Panniculectomy Approval/Questions about Abdominalplasty

Dr. Ronnie Borsuk

Ottawa

Operates out of Winchester Hospital

He did an amazing job.

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 2/10/21 4:56 pm, edited 2/10/21 9:55 am
Topic: RE: Panniculectomy Approval/Questions about Abdominalplasty

Thank you for your response!

I met with my surgeon today!

I addressed all my concerns!

I am getting the extended tummy tuck, muscle repair, mons lift and possibly Lipo if necessary.

I am very pleased with my doctor and the reviews on the Rate MD are amazing! I have met several people that I?ve had him also and the results are great.

Hard to believe that my surgery will be one week from Friday.

I am ready and can?t wait to cross over to the flat side.

Thank you

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 2/10/21 4:49 pm
Topic: RE: Panniculectomy Approval/Questions about Abdominalplasty

Hey

Thank you for your reply.

I can't blame the doctor. The MAN that reviewed my application just simply denied it.

I met all the criteria!

My letter was extraordinary & I presented a compelling story. Supported with letter from the weight management centre & my GP.

Thank God he said yes! He just happened to be the head of the department.

I envisioned him working from home sitting in his boxers and a T-shirt reviewing my appeal letter.

perhaps Covid softened him a bit. Not sure but I'm relieved.

Thanks again

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 2/4/21 2:40 pm
Topic: RE: Panniculectomy Approval/Questions about Abdominalplasty

Thank you Leslie.

Gonna have to scoop up a tank top

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 2/4/21 2:39 pm
Topic: RE: Panniculectomy Approval/Questions about Abdominalplasty

Hello

Thanks for replying!

Removal of excess inner thigh is on my bucket list.

WI**** was covered by OHIP.

I don't understand why it's so hard to fight for surgery.. they would cover a sex change operation but not reward a person that was formally obese with the removal of excess skin.

Frustrating

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 2/2/21 9:36 am
Topic: RE: Panniculectomy Approval/Questions about Abdominalplasty

WOW Good for you! I am starting with tummy tuck.

I would really love to do inner thighs some day!

Wish I was American. Their insurance seems to cover some stuff. Can't even imagine what the inner thigh surgery would cost.

One day at a time.

Thank you!

Did you have all your surgery in a fail sweep?

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 2/2/21 5:27 am
Topic: RE: Panniculectomy Approval/Questions about Abdominalplasty

Thank you for your message!

Did you have surgery? We're you pleased with results?

Feeling a bit nervous!

I can't wait.

Thanks for the healing vibes!

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 1/31/21 9:05 am
Topic: RE: My Last Post

CONGRATULATIONS!

WOW

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 1/31/21 9:04 am
Topic: RE: Panniculectomy Approval/Questions about Abdominalplasty

Hello everyone!

I am posting in multiple forums.

It has been sometime since I posted on this website. Busy with life & then COVID.

I had Gastric Bypass Roux-En-Y in January 2017. I have lost 130 pounds and have maintained the weight loss for the last 3 1/2 years. I look and feel great! The gastric bypass bypass was life-changing for me.

I have had a consult with a plastic surgeon in 2019. He put in all the paperwork for the panniculectomy. Ultimately. The problem is OHIP initially denied the authorization to cover cost. My panni hangs half over my mons pubis (mons Venus). I hated how it sits in my lap while on the toilet. I have had rash/excoriation & odour. I have purchased just about every over the counter sprays and powders to keep the area clean. Without too much success. I wear compression panties to hold it in but that is ultimately causing irritable bowel from the intestinal compression.

I can?t wait to look down and see my Mons Pubis. Lol TMI Sorry

I have gone back to see the surgeon.

HE ENCOURAGED APPEAL!

COVID HAPPENED

I submitted a very well written appeal letter. Submitted a letter from my general practitioner and a letter from the weight management clinic that initially referred me to the plastic surgeon.
Great news!! I finally got approval. I upgraded to a full abdominalplasty. I am paying for half. I am very excited and can't wait. My surgery is in 3 weeks, February 19th. 2021. I am a little bit anxious as I am a widow. Two of my sons are away at school. Just me and my 14-year-old at home now.

Looking for advice. The dos and don'ts before and after tummy tuck... Looking for recommendations that helps you through the process. What did you do and would do differently? If you were to do it again? What would you do differently?
Hoping everything goes well. How did you feel when you woke up from the anesthesia?

I have done quite a bit of research online. Just looking for additional feedback.

I found so much support before, during & after ROUX-En-Y.

Wondering how everyone is doing?

Thank you

Sincerely

Rose ?

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 1/29/21 11:39 am
Topic: RE: Panniculectomy requirements

Hello everyone!

It has been sometime since I posted on this website. I had gastric bypass ruin Y in January 2017. I have lost 130 pounds and have maintained the weight loss for the last 3 1/2 years. I look and feel great! The gastric bypass bypass was life-changing for me.

This question is for Canadians covered by OHIP.

I have had a consult with a plastic surgeon. He put in all the paperwork for the panniculectomy. Ultimately, I'm going to have a complete abdominal plasty. Pay the difference. The problem is OHIP has denied the authorization to cover cost. My panni hangs half over my mons pubis (mons Venus). I hate how it sits in my lap while on the toilet. I have had rash/excoriation & odour. I have purchased just about every over the counter sprays and powders to keep the area clean. Without too much success. I wear compression panties to hold it in but that is ultimately causing irritable bowel from the intestinal compression.

I ultimately was determined to appeal this decision.

I wrote a very well written appeal letter complete with a letter from my family doctor and her recommendation for the panniculectomy. I also asked for a letter from the weight management clinic who initially referred me for the panniculectomy!

ultimately I had to fight for this panniculectomy I met the criteria and submitted my request. It was finally approved and I upgraded to a complete tummy tuck. I am having surgery three weeks from today. Dr. Ronnie Borsuk is the plastic surgeon doing the surgery. He is ranked # plastic surgeon in Ottawa on Rate MD. His reviews are excellent. I am quite happy with my experience with him so far. He operates out of Winchester Hospital. I believe he also operates out of a plastic surgery clinic privately. He only does the OHIP approved surgery out of the Winchester Hospital.

I am more than happy to share my experience with you. Please message me and I will forward my cell phone number. I am more than happy to help anyone who is trying to appeal a decision.

Sincerely

Mahalo

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 2/16/18 9:02 am
Topic: RE: Ottawa area meeting

Hello everyone!

Our Ottawa area coffee/tea gatherings have been a great success....

We got a chance to meet face to face.

We shared some great incite & had some great laughs...

Everyone welcome!

Monday February 19th, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Second Cup on Merivale Road across from the Metro...

We know that there are surgeries in Ottawa every week and we really want to see some new faces.

If you are new to the forum, awaiting surgery, post surgery or sitting on the fence?

Please join us .... We have lots of fun & have developed some great friendships.

Hoping the group will continue to grow...

Take care!

Sandra

Mahalo

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 1/21/18 6:31 am
Topic: RE: Ottawa area coffee/tea night

Hello everyone!

Our Ottawa area coffee/tea gatherings have been a great success....

We got a chance to meet face to face. We shared some great incite & had some great laughs...

Everyone welcome! Monday January 22nd, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Second Cup on Merivale Road across from the Metro...

We know that there are surgeries in Ottawa every week and we really want to see some new faces.

If you are new to the forum, awaiting surgery, post surgery or sitting on the fence?

Please join us .... We have lots of fun & have developed some great friendships.

Hoping the group will continue to grow...

Take care!

Sandra

Mahalo

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 1/21/18 6:21 am
Topic: RE: How to delete a post?

Good morning!

I am having the same problem today...

I wanted to delete my post... My dates are wrong..

You used to be able to click on more & it gave you an option to delete, edit...

Today, while on my I Phone, I clicked on more? It does nothing....

Desktop computer does not give you the option anymore...

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 1/21/18 6:05 am
Mahalo F.
on 1/21/18 6:00 am, edited 1/21/18 6:34 am
Mahalo F.
on 12/8/17 1:59 pm
Topic: RE: Ottawa area coffee/tea/beverage nite

Hello everyone!

Our Ottawa area coffee/tea gatherings have been a great success....

We got a chance to meet face to face.

We shared some great insite & had some great laughs...

Everyone welcome!

Monday MONDAY December 11th, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Second Cup on Merivale Road across from the Metro...

If you are new to the forum, awaiting surgery, post surgery or sitting on the fence?

Please join us ....

Hoping the group will continue to grow...

Given it is Christmas.... We are doing a Christmas Secret Santa gift exchange. Please bring a wrapped gift - $20 value

Gonna be fun....

Take care!

Sandra

Mahalo

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 11/13/17 10:35 am
Topic: RE: Ottawa area coffee/tea/beverage REMINDER TONIGHT

Hello everyone!

Our Ottawa area coffee/tea gatherings have been a great success....

We got a chance to meet face to face.

We shared some great insite & had some great laughs...

Everyone welcome!

Monday MONDAY NOVEMBER 13th, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Second Cup on Merivale Road across from the Metro...

If you are new to the forum, awaiting surgery, post surgery or sitting on the fence?

Please join us ....

Hoping the group will continue to grow...

Take care!

Sandra

Mahalo

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 10/23/17 11:26 am, edited 10/23/17 4:26 am
Topic: RE: Frustrated

Hello & congratulations on taking the plunge.

It takes time and patience during the beginning of this process. It will take time to get in to the information session. Once you start you will be amazed at how quickly you sail through it.

Relax and try to be patient....

Call the weight management centre every once and a while to touch base.

Good luck!

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 10/17/17 3:21 pm
Topic: RE: I need some advice

I would definitely definitely go with the RNY.

I had quite severe reflux pre RNY and the reflux was gone right after my surgery.

You can not take any NSAIDs, no carbonated drinks, no caffiene, no pop...

RNY is definitely worth it....

Prednisone is a steroidal anti inflammatory.

You will have to ask if that is okay....

You will be amazed how great you feel once the surgery is over....

I say take a chance and jump in with both feet....

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 10/17/17 3:10 pm
Topic: RE: Just checking in

Thank you!

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 10/17/17 3:10 pm
Topic: RE: Just checking in

Thank you!

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 10/17/17 3:09 pm
Topic: RE: Just checking in

Thank you!

Marshals

Calvin Klein $59.99.

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 10/17/17 10:55 am, edited 10/17/17 8:14 am
Topic: RE: Surgery Scheduling (Ottawa area)

Hi I had ankle surgery last November and got a call to book my RNY 2 weeks after my ankle surgery. I did not want to have (2) major surgeries back to back and they allowed me to choose a date. I chose January 4th. I would suggest booking your vacation and booking your surgery date for when you are back.

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 10/17/17 10:23 am, edited 10/17/17 10:27 am
Topic: RE: Just checking in

Hello everyone!

I am sorry that I have been MIA most of summer.

I wish I could have been more supportive of everyone.

I have been ridiculously busy with life and 3 young men in football.

I am just over 9 months out and I am down 116 lbs. I am currently 168 lbs. I must admit that I have maintained 170 for months but have found that I am leaner. The scale doesn't seem to reflect the weight loss. My doctor was happy when I reached 190 lbs but I wanted to aim for 160 to allow for rebound weight gain and wiggle room.

Has anyone found that they look leaner but the scale does not reflect that.

I have come such a long way and I am greatful and blessed to have all your support. This gift has been life changing...

I have included a before and after. Quite honestly... I don't recognize that person in the photo and I pray that I will never ever see her again.

Thanks again

Sandra

Mahalo



Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

Mahalo F.
on 10/17/17 10:00 am
Topic: RE: Organic Premier Review

I am 9 months out & I like the Original Premier Protein shakes.

Ready to go and convenient.

I still have one every morning with my vitamins.

Sometimes more so when I am travelling and don't have great food choice options at the On Routes or truck stops.

Had to be very cold....

I have not had success with the protein powders and find there are way more calories once you start adding fruit.

Dense proteins remain the best option but my Premier Protein is a great on the go option.

Roux En Y - Jan. 4, 2017

HW 283 SW 260 CW 165

IN THE END WE ONLY REGRET CHANCES WE DIDN'T TAKE.

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