kisten1210

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About kisten1210

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 12/10/1979

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Minneapolis
  • Age
    38

Information

  • Surgeon
    Dr. Drew
  • Hospital
    Ridgeview
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-05
  • Start Weight
    269
  • Current Weight
    170
  • Goal Weight
    170
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    28
  • Surgery Date
    02/04/2015
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. @gtalan thanks! It's been a fun journey! @Carina, I always said that I would never do it, I would never care. I couldn't handle the constant skin slapping when I was simply walking up/down stairs. I couldn't get my compression shirts tight enough anymore. I cant believe how much better my hips feel!
  2. @CurvyMermaid - there are a couple things to remember for plastics! The better physical shape you're in (fitness wise) the faster you're going to bounce back! Also, the lower your BMI! I was in top physical shape for me! I was dodging cars to cross the road for Starbucks by day 3 ... some women didn't even leave the hotel at all until they kicked them out for their flights! I was also off pain meds completely by day 4. Back to work when you get home depends on your work! Desk job ... sure! I teach swimming, gymnastics and kickboxing. I was just able to take a bath at week 8 (last week) even though the entire wound was closed. Also, cannot chance getting kicked in the abdominal muscles. Other thing to remember - energy is JUST NOW returning to normal!! Just lifted weights for the first time yesterday! It is a long process! I had my Primary Care Doctor do all of my pre op physicals and post op stuff - I wanted to have someone in my side JUST IN CASE - this isn't required. They do it all down there! It was all for me and my husbands sanity! Here is a picture of me...post-op day 3, I ran across the street, my surgery buddies who were having surgery the next day wouldn't even run across! lol!
  3. @Smashlee83 you're funny! I've had to be so open about my experience-especially with my inlaws, that I'm okay with it! I've enjoyed the entire experience- excluding day 2 Post op! IMG_7475.mov
  4. @NerdyLady that's awesome! I had a great dental experience there as well! My dentist here was perfectly okay with the work! Either way, I got it done!
  5. I think that I put before pictures in, but I can't be very sure! Here are some of my post op before pictures! I think that they were collaged! Here they are separated if you want to see a bigger picture of how much skin there actually was! I did not get a breast lift, I only got implants.
  6. @Jen581791 worth it! And the tacos!! OMG, the tacos!
  7. @NerdyLady I picked Dr Castillo because of the way he does belly buttons (nothing like they do in the US) and because he uses NO drain tubes!! My belly button looks amazing! If you can have an amazing belly button! 1st pic is my 1 week post op swollen BB. 2nd is a traditional TT BB. 3rd is my husband & I guesstimating where my new BB would be!
  8. @NerdyLady the plastics coordinators name is Elsie - her email address is [email protected] She can coordinate anything! Dr. Castillo and his staff (My Best Body Ever) are amazing! I also did dental work while I was down there through them! I had all of my metal fillings replaced with white porcelain-3 of them for $125! That was through ALM as well! @Gretta I'm feeling great! I did a lot of PRE prep work and POST follow up work. With supplements and light therapy (red light and infrared). Day 1 of week 4 I was able to start walking on a treadmill - slowly progressing cardio - day 1 of week 8 I was able to swim (yeah!). I did a yoga class this last weekend and lifted light weights today (I'm supposed to wait 3 more weeks but my PT says I'm ready, just no abdominal work directly). I RAN 2 miles yesterday in 20 mins without a huge flap of skin for the first time in my life! THAT WAS AMAZING!!!
  9. The best of the best (I researched so much!). Through ALM (A Lighter Me)- his name is Rodolfo Castillo, the only surgeon they use! Where did you go through?
  10. $8800 for the surgery, stay and companion...additionals are flight food and anything else you need. They pick you up at the airport and transport you to and from appts and surgery. Pretty amazing! They have a Facebook page. ALM plastics (official). @Smashlee83
  11. I was in there with 3 ladies that I had made great friends with prior to going via the web - it was a lot of crying from laughter - I was the first one - and the most physically fit; so they made me do everything! It was a good time! Here's some from last night. Slowly swelling is diminishing! My PCP is having me keep straight line tape on to have the scar be minimal! I don't have to - but I've noticed that in comparison to others scars, mine is almost nothing ALREADY!
  12. Where did you have surgery? I was through Ridgeview - dr drew
  13. Back in the forum - recently underwent plastics and want to lose 15 lbs ... not needed but curious!  I'll be hanging out here to keep me in track and my head in the right place, again!  Life is good!

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  14. It's getting there, thank you! Looking forward to a full on work out and not just "light cardio" but it is truly a patient progression Surgery! I can see how it does take a full year for complete results! Finally got to swim and take bathes this week!