MiladyB

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About MiladyB

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    TT Master
  • Birthday 07/02/1956

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Grand Rapids, MI
  • Interests
    Camping, reading, writing and learning all I can about bariatrics. :o)
  • Age
    54

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  • Surgeon
    Dr Randal Baker; Dr Ronald Ford (TT/BL)
  • Hospital
    Spectrum Health; Blodgett Campus
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-06
  • Start Weight
    359
  • Current Weight
    158
  • Goal Weight
    150
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    24.4
  • Surgery Date
    01/30/2006
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  1. First off, yes, insurance did cover it. Since my first posting I have had a third course of Sclerotherapy. I did it to improve restriction and to help control some weight gain. I felt little change the first time. Second time there was a bit more but my surgeon and I decided it was worth doing it again. He said every patient has their own "sweet spot". Some people do better with a smaller opening and some do better with one a bit larger. I had it done 2 weeks ago and have noticed a significant change this time around. I'm actually struggling a bit with more dense foods. I have managed to lose 7 pounds in the last 2 weeks. I hope to lose about 10-12 more.
  2. Beth, I haven't been on TT forever! But since I'm here now, I wanted to stop by and say hi! Hope you are well and happy.

    Robin

  3. SHARON!!! So good to see you! I've thought of you and wondered how things were going in your life. Well I'm not feeling quite the restriction that I was hoping for. I have lost 7 pounds though. I had my follow-up appointment a couple weeks ago and Dr Baker feels it would be worth doing it again. He says at 18mm he always does it a second time. I was 16-17mm so he felt it would be worth doing it a second time. I was noticing a difference for several weeks but lately the restriction isn't quite as much. I am losing though which I am glad. Glad to see the scale going down. So we'll see how round 2 goes.
  4. Hope you're having a wonderful birthday!!

  5. Looks painful but what a difference! I think you will be really glad you had it done. I found it interesting when I was researching the Sclerotherapy that Dr Baker did this past week. It's actually the same chemical that they use when they do Scerotherapy on varicose veins.
  6. Yes, it is done during a normal scope. The doctor injects a scarring agent around the opening so that it scars down to a smaller size. It wasn't bad at all. I used Lortab a couple times a day over the first 48hrs and that was it. I'm beginning to notice that I am getting full faster than before and that I am staying satisfied longer. Depending on how the next 6 weeks goes I may have to have it done more than once. I know my surgeon sometimes will do it a total of 3 times.
  7. Well just thought I would update this thread. Still no word. I did hear from the practice manager today and she is still waiting for approval for the position. They expect that to come in the next week. After that they hope to get a few more applicants and then pick a few for a second interview with the providers. It sounds as if I'm the only one in the running right now but they haven't opened the job up yet. Crossing my fingers that there won't be many interested in the position.
  8. Well I had the Sclerotherapy done yesterday. I had a bit of nausea and pain right when I woke up but after a dose of Morphine and Zofran I was feeling much better. Today I'm just a little sore but not too bad. My surgeon said that my anastamosis was about 17mm. The optimal size is 12-15mm. So it wasn't extremely stretched out. I have a follow-up appointment in 6 weeks so it will be interesting to see how this effects my weight loss. I'm hoping it will help me get the 15lbs off that I have put on. It will take a few weeks for the opening to scar down to a smaller size. If anyone is interested in learning more about Sclerotherapy, let me know. I'm happy to answer any questions.
  9. Thank you and best of luck to you! I give you a lot of credit, going back to school. Still waiting to hear something. I did look to see if the job was posted yet and it wasn't. So it looks as if it is still going to be awhile.
  10. I recently sampled these and I must say I was impressed. One serving will give you one dose of the multi, one dose of the calcium (500mg), 25grms of protein (more if you mix with milk) and 4 grms of fiber. You will need to take this 2 times a day plus supplement with one additional dose of calcium. Another product they have is the multi/calcium mix drink. They come in individual packs that you add to water. I've taste tested both of their flavors and they were both good. My favorite was the Citrus Splash, though.
  11. Marine, Scelorotherapy is done during a scope. The doctor simply injects a scarring agent around the stoma. This agent forms scars that will make the opening smaller, as a result food will stay in your pouch longer keeping you satisfied for a longer period of time. It also should decrease the amount of food you can eat. If the stoma is too stretched it will require more than one session of Sclerotherapy. Essentially it is a procedure to help you get back in control. My surgeon requires appointments with a nutritionist, behaviorist and exercise physiologist to help you get back on track.
  12. Corrine, thank you so much for all the info. From everything I have studied our bodies do adapt to the bypass. It's one of the reasons reversals are so difficult. The bypassed intestines retains it's actual size but the part that has been re-attached does grow in size and thickness. When you go to re-attach them they don't match up anymore. I've been studying for my Certification in Bariatric Nursing and this is info I'm expected to know. In regards to the ghrelin. people who have the VSG experience a large decrease in the amount of ghrelin in their systems. Ghrelin is produced in our stomachs. Since those of us who have had the RNY still retain our remnant stomach, gherlin is still being produced. With the VSG usually about 80% of our original stomach is removed from our body, so a portion of the ghrelin production goes with it.
  13. Not much to add to Corrine's wonderful answer. It looks as if she has covered all the bases! One thing I do want to note, about the B-12 is that you "may" not need additional B-12 coverage. That is a rather individual thing. Celebrate has the highest dosage of B-12, in their multi, in comparison to all the other Bariatric vitamins out there. They are finding that for the majority of people who have the RNY, that is enough. So you may not need added supplementation. For me, I wanted to ere on the safe side, so I supplemented with sub-lingual B-12, 500mcg daily. My labs started coming back with really high levels of B-12 so I cut down the supplementation. I still do 1000mcg additional weekly and that seems to be holding my labs where they need to be. I can't stress the importance of keeping track of your labwork. You want to look for trends and treat those trends if they are drifting down. Treat it before it does become a deficiency. I get my labs checked every 6 months; annually at my pcp appointment and 6 months later at my bariatric surgeons annual appointment. My insurance has not questioned the frequent labs.
  14. Sorry I didn't see your questions until now. My recovery was a bit long. But I had both the tummy tuck and breast lift at the same time. I was in the hospital 3 nights. I lost A LOT of blood during surgery, had a lot of nausea and generally felt like death warmed over. I used IV pain medication the first 24 hours but after that the pain was controlled with the Vicodan. I did have to take it about every 6 hours though, at least for the first week. I did sleep in the recliner for a few nights but after that I could sleep in bed. I bought a body pillow and that was a life saver. I was off from work for 6 weeks, but I was an RN on a critical care unit and my PS wasn't eager for me to get back too quickly. I went home with 4 drains. The ones in the breast area were out in a week but had the abdominal drains in for 2 weeks. After they came out I did develop a seroma, which is a collection of drainage in my lower abdominal area. I had to go back to the PS office several times to have him drain it. It isn't too big of a deal but it is kind of freaky looking. They just withdraw it with a large syringe and needle. I was still totally numb in that area, from the surgery, so I didn't feel a thing. The biggest thing for me was I was SOOOO tired because of all the blood loss. I went in to surgery with a hemoglobin of 14 (which is high normal) and came out at 9, which is a pretty significant drop. I normally run at about 13, so 9 left me feeling totally exhausted! I did end up back in the PS office for revisions at 7 months post plastics. With the removal of soooo much skin it isn't unusual for them to have to go back and tighten some area up. My insurance covered this too.
  15. I'm glad they found out what happened so quickly. There are 2 kinds of hernias that can happen after wls. The first is what Corrine, experienced. Those are external hernias and the reasons are exactly what Corrine explained. The other is an internal hernia. Though internal intestinal hernias aren't real common, they do happen. With the gastric bypass our small intestines are re-routed in a different way. There are pockets where the intestines can slip into and become strangulated. The surgeons will tack your intestines down in those areas, to try to keep them from moving. With the weight loss, though, things will shift and the tacks can become loose and your intestines can slip into one of these areas. I work in a bariatric unit and I do see this every couple of months. I'm 5 years out and ended up in OR a couple months ago because they were concerned that I had an internal hernia. I didn't, there was something else wrong, but it most certainly was a strong possibility. Hopefully you are on the road to healing. Take care of yourself.