Carol Ann
Garden Grove, CA, USA
Surgery Type: RNY
Member ID: E1013460426
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Surgeon: Dapo Popoola, M.D.

I am 41 yrs. old have battled my weight since elementary school. I've been on every diet known to all us dieters. Loved the HCG shots as I lost the most with that. But, only to gain everything back. I can no longer take it. WLS has been on my mind for years now but I never made up my mind to have it. When I turned 40 I became totally depressed and gained more weight. Then I was diagnosed with diabetes and really became depressed. It's taken me 6 months to make the decision to have WLS. I turned 41 in January and thought to myself I can not live another year feeling the way I do. I am so happy I found this site. It's been so helpful and encouraging.

I'm looking for a surgeon in my area. If anyone has information they can share with me for the following doctors, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

Dr. Fobi - I have an appt. with him today (2/26)

Dr. Dapo Popoola - Have an appointment with him on 2/28

Dr. LePort - Have an appointment with him on 3/8

Already met with a doctor in Newport Beach. Was not impressed with him or his staff.

2/28 - I have decided to go with Dr, Popoola.

3/11 - talked to my insurance company today. Just a few more steps and I'm approved. Waiting to hear from my doctors office, they said they will call me tomorrow.

3/14 - Still waiting to hear from insurance company. Alex from Dr. Popoola's office called the other day as he had spoken to Cigna and they said it's still under medical review and to call back on Monday. Alex and Leiu have been so kind and helpful, I can't thank them enough.

3/19 - Well, I can't wait any longer, I'm going to call my insurance company to find out the status. Will keep you all informed.

3/20/02 - OH MY GOSH...just got word I'm approved. I am nervous.

3/25 - Wow, this is all happening so fast now. I go in tomorrow for pre-ops and my surgery is scheduled for April 8th. I'm excited and nervous at the same time.

4/9/02 - Guess I forgot to update this page, my surgery date was changed to April 15th. Actually, that's better. I've got so much to do to prepare for this life changing surgery. I still can't believe I'm going through with it. I'm excited but nervous at the same time. Did all my pre-ops except for one more I have to do this Friday morning at the hospital. Then I go in Sunday morning. My surgery is at 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. YIKES...better go, got lots to do!

4/12/02 - Had my EKG and Cardio consultation today at the hospital. Can't believe it's almost here. Still anxious but really nervous. I know things will be fine. It's just the waiting. Thanks again everyone for your well wishes.

4/13/02 - I'm on my way...anxious and can't wait for it to be over. I'll be admitted to the hospital tomorrow morning. Here's my info if anyone would like to get in touch with me...thanks for all your support.

Surgery date is scheduled for Monday, April 15th., 7:00 a.m. I should be released from the hospital either Thursday or Friday.

4/30/02 - Well, I'm 2 weeks post op and doing well. It's been a lot tougher than I thought it would be. Had my check up with the doctor and he said I'm doing well. I've lost a total of 22lbs. to date. Gosh if anyone would have told me I'd be loosing this much weight this fast I wouldn't have believed it. But now I'm living proof. I feel very weak right now, not able to do much. I am walking like I'm suppose to but that's about it. I don't have a computer at home so I'm unable to get on line everyday. I try to get to my friends as much as I can. She's up stairs so I don't do that much. Thanks to all for your prayers and words of encouragement! I'll post again when I can.

7/1/02 - Can't believe it's been so long since I've posted. Life just goes by way too fast. I am 12 weeks post-op and feeling wonderful. I'm down a total of 60 pounds to date. I'm about 20 pounds away from my goal weight. I just can't believe it. People at my office are really starting to talk. I'm having a hard time with all the nice complements. And it's so true how people treat you differently. I've even been asked to be set up on date. Which really surprises me. It's hard to think I'm still the same person but smaller. But that's really not true either. I'm the same person but with more personality, more confidence and a better outlook on life. People are saying I look so much happier. I've just started eating salads again. I was really nervous about trying them but they seem to do just fine. I find I can tolerate most foods except for pasta, doesn't seem to do well with me right now. I do know that I still have to practice eating slower and chewing better. It's hard when you go out with friends and they wolf down their food and you're trying to eat slow. It's also hard not to drink with meals. I sometimes really want to drink a big glass of ice tea but know it's not going to happen so I sip just a little instead. Over all things are going well. When I first had this done I was miserable but now am so happy I had it done. I can't wait to reach my goal weight and live a healthier life. Thanks to all for all your love and support!!!

08/07/02 - YEA, I finally broke one plateau I was at for weeks. I'm now down 70 pounds exactly at 17 weeks. How exciting is that? I'd like to loose about 15-20 pounds more. All is well. My blood tests came back from my 3mo. visit all okay. Just a little low on vitamin A. Started to juice it up by drinking carrot juice. That has a lot of A in it. Other than that all is going well. Appetite is good, still can't eat a lot of things I'd like too but making due with what I can eat. I do know one thing...Sushi does not agree with me yet. I thought for sure it would...but NOPE. Gotta wait on that one. I still do a lot of soups and protein shakes and I'm totally satisfied. Thanks for all your support!!

11/14/02 - Can't believe how fast time goes by. So sorry for not updating on a regular basis. My life has changed so much it's hard to keep track. I'm currently at 153 pounds, loss of 87 pounds. I'd like to loose about 7-10 more pounds. I feel great. Some foods are still a challenge as is eating slow. I find myself still rushing and eating too fast. I know I need to slow down and chew, chew, chew before swallowing. My personal life has taken a complete turn. I have a new job and have been offered another new opportunity. Will fill you in on that when it's confirmed. Also, I'm in, does that sound weird. Who would have ever thought all these changes would take place so soon after surgery. Tomorrow will be exactly 7 months post-op for me. This has been the best thing I've ever done for myself. Life is good. I wish everyone well...God Bless!!

4/15/2003 - 1 year anniversary ! ! !Wow, I can't believe it. I woke up this morning thinking...I made it. And what a change in my life. Not only have I gone from size 24/26 to a size 4/6, lost approx. 90 pounds, and feel great, but I am engaged to get married in August. Talk about a life changing choice. Never in the whole time of getting ready for surgery did I think my life would change as it has. I did it more for my health, not thinking everything else would fall into place later. 6 months after surgery I was offered a new job making $10,000 more and I accepted it. Now, I've been offered another opportunity that may change my life again. It’s on the burner right now so I'll let you know when it really happens. I can honestly say...LIFE IS GOOD! Want to thank all my friends and family here at WLS for all your love and support and especially my friend, Cindi who's message this morning put tears in my eyes. I've been so blessed this past year with a new life and new friends!! THANK YOU ALL ! ! ! Many blessings to those up coming surgeries and to those in the process still. I wish you all the best!! Love & Blessings…

Update: 8/11/03
My friend Cindi posted last Friday saying I was in the hospital. Well, I was, with 2 large vitamins stuck in my Esophagus. They said my Esophagus opening is the size of a penny and is too small. They did esophageal dilatation with Savary dilators...doctors talk. Another wards they stretched out my esophagus. I'm feeling much better. I'm about a year and a half out and I wanted to loose another 5 pounds before my wedding this weekend. So, a friend and I went to the drugstore on Wednesday night and bought these pills called MEGA-G Grapefruit dietary supplement. I thought if I took this vitamin I would loose more weight. For one thing I was wrong for thinking I need to loose more weight, and two, I should have never taken such large pills. So, it did give me a wake-up call and made me realize I may have some issues. My doctor said I do not need to loose more weight, my friends and family say I do not need to loose more weight. Then why do I think I need too?? Is this an issue with anyone else?? Well, I just thank god I am fine and they were able to take care of me with no complications. I'm getting married this Saturday so I need to take care of myself!!! I'm back on a soft diet, mostly chicken soup and I'm really trying hard to eat right and take care of myself. Thank you again for all your prayers. Carol Ann

8/28/03 - Thanks so much to all for your congrats on my wedding. Thank you Cindi for letting everyone know. I'm back from my honeymoon and back to work. The wedding was beautiful and our honeymoon in Cabo was nice and relaxing. I do have to say I hit the 100-pound lost mark the week of my wedding (8/16/03). I'm sure it's partly from the problems I had prior but I'm feeling great now. I'm down to 145 pounds and maintaining. I do have to go back into the hospital though on Sept. 8th for them to stretch my esophagus again. The doctor said I may have to have it done a few times before it goes back to normal. I’ve been told it’s a normal thing that happens to some Bariatric patients. I’m eating a little better, not throwing up as much. As long as I eat slow and chew, chew, chew, I’m fine. Thanks again to all for your love and support!!! Love,

9/23/03 Hello all. Just wanted to pop in and say I really enjoy reading everyone's updates and hearing about your great accomplishments. I also love looking at your before and after pictures. It’s so exciting to hear about the good changes that go on in ones life after WLS. People say that we’re the same person but just smaller, well, I don't believe that anymore. I think after we start to lose weight we tend to change inside too. I think I've become more secure in myself, more outgoing, and have a much more positive attitude. I've seen a lot of changes in my life. All good, and that makes me happy. Everything’s just kind of fell into place without me realizing it. I am no longer depressed so I get out more. I have to say too, I've changed some friends in my life. Sometimes we have to. I no longer hang out with miserable, depressing people. I try to surround myself with outgoing and positive ones instead. Some people didn't understand why I wanted WLS and were not supportive. Well, they are no longer in my life. I've kept a lot of old friends, but can honestly say I've made a lot of new ones. I've been so blessed to have the friends I have now have, especially my WLS friends. We all understand each other and are so supportive to each other. I love you all so much. Cindi, if you’re reading this, I love you lots!! You’ve been the most supportive and I really appreciate your friendship. Wow, guess I’m a little emotional today. All in all, I’m happy!! I wish I had the time to e-mail everyone individually, but I don’t so I’ll say a big pray for all and wish EVERYONE well!!! Hugs and blessings….

October 15, 2003 - Hello all...just wanted to say today is my 18-month anniversary for WLS. I can't believe the changes that have taken place in the past year and a half. I've been so blessed with new friends and good health. I just love all my WLS friends...Cindi, if you're reading this, you're still my inspiration!! Thanks for all your support throughout my journey. I now have the opportunity to support others, my husband, stepbrother in-law, my friend’s husband, and two other women that are friends of friends. It just amazes me the people out there fighting to get approved for WLS. I only pray that insurance companies will come to see the success of this surgery and long-term health benefits. I pray that my family and friends all have a safe WLS journey. I look forward to meeting up with all my SO CAL acquaintances next month. I was saddened by the death of another one of our WLS friends and extend my sincere condolences to this family. Now, I wish everyone well and send all my blessings to those upcoming surgery dates and continued well healing to those who have just crossed over. Much success to all in your WLS journey. Hugs, Carol Ann – 18-months out and maintaining at 150lbs. from 245 lbs. Happy, happy, happy!!

April 15, 2004
Wow, 2 years. Who would have ever thought my life would have changed as much as it has. I am healthy and happy and have WLS to thank for this. Not to mention all my friends and family too. I've now been married 8 months, my husband's 4 month WLS anniversary is tomorrow and I have just started working for a hospital that has a WLS program. I'm now at La Palma Intercommunity Hospital working as the Guest Concierge, which means I'm here to implement superior patient care experience and customer service. Not to mention I'll be working with the bariatric patients too. I'm so excited to have this opportunity, as I love working with people and making them smile. For all my friends in So Cal, I will be at the Magical Celebration Event on the 24th in a booth sponsored by the hospital and my plastic surgeon. By the way, Dr. Katzen is the best plastic surgeon and is just wonderful. He's actually doing my thigh lift on April 27th here at La Palma. So, I hope to see everyone there so we can get caught up. A special thank you to my buddy Cindi Nelson who has been there for me through this whole WLS adventure. Not to mention she introduced me to my husband too! I love you lots and you know you’ve always been my inspiration!!! I wish everyone well. Hugs to all....Carol Ann

June 23, 2004 - Gosh, can't belive it's been so long since I've update my profile. Life sure does change and go by fast after this life changing surgery. I was informed by Susan Maria today of questions on plastic surgery. Here is a copy of my post to her and everyone on the message board.

Hello Susan and all,

As Susan mentioned, I have had several procedures done by Dr. Katzen. I never in my life thought I’d have reconstructive surgery until I met him. Dr. K is the kindest and has the best bed side manner of any doctor I’ve had. Not to mention he is a perfectionist. He takes such pride in his work. His office staff at La Palma is also very kind and caring. It was very hard for me to go in for a consultation but they all made me feel comfortable. I’ve now had an arm lift, breast lift w/implants, thigh lift, hernia repair, vericle veins removed and he’s also removed a neuroma from my left wrist. Believe me when I say, “I have full confident in Dr. K, his staff and the hospital staff”. I would have never had these procedures done if I had any doubts.

For those who don’t know, I am now employed by La Palma Hospital as the Guest Concierge. I am in charge of Customer Service and Patient Care. I visit all patients in the hospital and work closely with the Bariatric Program and Plastic Surgery Program at the hospital.

Now, for those who ask what the pain was like, well, arm lift, some pain but tolerable, breast implants and lift, sore but not too much pain at all. Hernia repair was sore but not too much pain. Vanes, no pain. Wrist, some pain. Thigh lift, well, as I learned, be careful what you ask for. I told Dr. K before surgery I wanted him to be very aggressive and wanted the tightest thighs around. Well, who said beauty does not have pain??? Oh my gosh, it was the most painfull surgery I’ve ever experienced. Only because they are tight. And when I say, “TIGHT” I mean “TIGHT”!!!! As Susan said, you can bounce coins from these thighs!! All in all, it was worth it. I can for the first time in my life wear shorts and a bathing suit and not worry about my hanging and rubbing thighs. In all this I have to thank Dr. Katzen and his superb staff!!

Oh, forgot to mention, the most important part, everything, expect the actual implants was covered by my insurance!! Yes, approved by Blue Cross PPO. Dr. Katzen had to call them directly to get one procedure approved, but he did take the time to call, and he did get it approved!!!!!!

So, as you can see, my life has changed and even my career. I even got to attend the American Society of Bariatric Surgery in San Diego a couple weeks ago. Was that ever a blessing!!

I wish the best to all and always know you can email me with questions and I'll be happy to respond back. Blessings to all!!

4/26/06 - 4 years (4/15) and what a ride it's been. Doing well, still in the Bariatric field and working with Dr. Katzen part time. I'm back working in political world again too. Now I have the best of both worlds. Life is good. Weight is still a challenge. I've gained some back since my lowest weight when I got married. But it's not too bad cuz I was really too thin. I’m now in size 8/10's so that's a good thing. I've lost some weight, after being in the hospital 15 days, it kind of gave me a jump start...not a good way but hay, I’m back on track, down about 10 pounds so I'm happy. Still like to loose another 10 then I'd be feeling really good. Back on lots of protein shakes and feeling really good! Funny thing, since I've lost weight, guys and my Mom are saying my boobs look bigger. Pretty funny what people notice?

For those who knew I was hospitalized this is what I had….Cellulitis, it’s a spreading infection of the skin that usually begins as a small area of tenderness, swelling, and redness on the skin. As this red area begins to spread, the person may develop a fever, sometimes with chills and sweats, and swollen lymph nodes ("swollen glands") near the area of infected skin. Cellulitis refers to an infection involving the skin's deeper layers; the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The main bacteria involved in cellulitis is Staphylococcus ("staph"), the same bacteria that causes many cases of impetigo. Occasionally, other bacteria may cause cellulitis as well. And, the reason my body could not fight off the infection was I was also anemic. Had two blood transfusions and lots of meds. Took a long time to heal. This all took place February and March. I’m just now feeling better.

It's also funny how life has changed again. People change and friends change. My husband and I have finally "GOT IT" and doing great. We are happy and taking it day by day. The step-daughter thing is better and the mother-in-law thing, well, let's put it this way, I don't talk to her or see her any more so that's a good thing. And my husband is okay with that so he's supporting me now. All is good.

My husband (Johnny) is still down about 150 pounds and doing well. He too has put on weight but is still looking good. He’s about 2 yrs. out from WLS.

So, I sign out saying, “Thank You” for all your support and I love OH and all you wonderful supporters. Wish everyone well and continued success in your WL journey.

Hugs to all.........Carol Ann :)  

January 18, 2007,

Wow, who would have ever thought I would be off this sight for so long?  I can't believe it's been so long since I've updated my profile? I’m now more of a lurker than poster.  I think of all my weightloss friends often and wish everyone well.


So,let's see, what's new? 


I've been stable at the same weight and size for a few years now...size 8/10 depending on the day.  It's still a daily challenge not to eat everything in site.  I still graze too much but I catch myself and then stop.  If my clothes start to feel tight I cut back and get on the wagon again. 


Now, a little run down for 1996 - January 1996 I had my 45th birthday.  My husband threw me a surprise party with all my family and friends.


In early February I got a call from an old friend inquiring about my employment situation.  Since I was only working part time for Dr. Katzen I decided to look into what she had in mind.  Well, I was offered a part time position with California Strategies who is a strategic consulting firm dedicated to solving problems and achieving results for their clients. Their clients are corporations, governing bodies (Governor Schwarzenegger), industry associations, real estate developers and not-for-profit organizations in California, across the country and around the world. Okay, so more info than you wanted to know….anyway, I started working for them and continued to work with Dr. Katzen on a part time basis.


Then February 22nd, 2006 I ended up in the hospital for 15 days with a terrible infection called “cellulites”, I seriously thought I was going to die. It was the most painful thing I’ve ever gone though….YES, even more painful than my thigh lift.  


After returning back to work in March I started studying about cross addictions.  Someone had told me about Bariatrics and Addictions, well, what a fluke that was.  My life suddenly changed when I realized I was addicted to VICODIN.  It's a terrible drug and makes you do stupid things.  And when I say stupid things, I mean it.  I was taking vicodin after I got out of the hospital and was off and on it for months realizing in September 2006 I was truly addicted to it.  That's when I lost my job with Dr. Katzen and entered an outpatient dextox program. 


Who would have thunk this would ever happen to ME?  Well, if we're food addicts (as most bariatrics are) then guess what?  We're all ADDICTS!  Did you know there are more Bariatric patients that have become Sex, Drug, and Alcohol addicts?  Working in the industry has really helped me understand my addictions.  I am now a recovering addict; 4 months clean from drugs and alcohol with the help from Dr. Stuart Finkelstein, Dr. Pratt and Alternative Options.  It has been an eye opening experience and I thank the Lord and the doctors for all they've taught me and for helping through such difficult times. I also have to thank my friends, Dr. Paul from Fobi’s office and Kim Do and Betty from MediThin for all their support.


November 2006 I had to deal with the reality of not having a biological child when I had to have a hysterectomy.  It emotionally kicked my butt and my relationship with my husband.  I am still mourning that loss but am dealing with it with the support of family and friends who understand.  And I will never understand those having kids that don’t want them and those having kids with guys that don’t want kids.  My husband and I are now back on track too!


Now for the sad part of 2206, my best friend Mena, was diagnosed with colon cancer (42 yrs. old) and liver cancer.  Some of you may know her from helping out at Dr. Katzen's conferences.  She and I were always together.  She is still undergoing chemo but has a positive outlook in life.  She’s no longer working and is dealing with her sickness on a daily basis.  She has been such a support to me as I am to her.  Please keep her in your prayers. 


I am now working full time with California Strategies and loving every minute of it.  My life has changed for the good and I am living it up again.  Just turned 46 on January 12th and I feel great.  My husband and I went down to the San Diego Zoo with Mena and her BF for the weekend. We all had a wonderful time.


So, that’s my update on life in 2006!!


 I wish you all well in your weight loss journey and hope you all have great success in achieving your goals in 2007!!                                                 Big hugs and Blessings, Carol Ann

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