My Bariatric Life

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    Dr. Joseph F. Capella, Dr. Catherine Winslow
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  1. About one-quarter of people seeking weight-loss surgery will be denied three times before they receive weight-loss surgery insurance approval. Read more in my article:
  2. When making an appointment with a plastic surgeon, ask right then and there if they will handle the appeals process. If they don't provide you with a satisfactory answer then don't make an appointment with them, and find someone else. There are plastic surgeons on every street corner and in every hospital. I know that Dr. Domanskis in CA told me that his practice works on the appeals process for their patients -- not many private practices do, as far as I know. I don't have first-hand experience but it is something that we discussed when I interviewed him for MyBariatricLife. You can listen to the video here: He provides some good insights on bariatric plastic surgery being reconstructive rather than cosmetic. I also would encourage you to explore hospital plastic surgery departments because they may be more apt to fight for insurance coverage. Beyond that, you can go to a medical school like the University of Pennsylvania and get much lower cost plastic surgery. My friend had extensive bariatric plastic surgery and facelift done with Dr. Stephen Kovach and she was delighted. She paid much less than what ladies pay with a surgeon in private practice. And there's always Mexico... but choose very wisely and proceed carefully.
  3. The Plastic Surgery Center has shared this article, "What to Expect After a Post-Weight Loss Body Lift" on It is the first article that I have seen by a surgical practice to acknowledge the emotional healing that needs to take place after a body lift. Of course, they cover physical healing, too. And provide some good tips for both. Definitely worth a read...
  4. Thank you very much!
  5. If you could site on this bench with your younger self and give one piece of advice about weight or bariatric surgery, what would it be? If I could sit with my 16 year old self, I would tell her that there was going to come a time when her anorexic eating would no longer work. Her hunger would come back full force and she would not be able to control it. I would tell her that eventually she will resort to bulimia and her life would become out of control in ways that she could not even now imagine. I would describe to her the hell on earth that it would become, so that she understood the gravity of her situation. Then I would tell her that it is critical she tell her parents to get her really good professional help for her eating disorder right away.
  6. Be very careful. I had a similar experience with my arms. I ended up going through all kinds of therapy and have permanent damage. I am NOT trying to scare you. I am encouraging you to be proactive in finding a HCP who can help you, which may not necessarily be your plastic surgeon.
  7. Coffee causes inflammation. I had to give it up until my gut is healed. Then I can add back a little but not the great quantity I had been consuming. Some good substitutes are yerba mate tea, green tea macha, and green tea kombucha. These teas are high in caffeine or energy boosters and some of them are linked to weight loss/fat burning.
  8. Thank you xxx ooo
  9. A half-lived life, as Herman Melville describes it, is one in which we do not get to that inner place of peace and joy. Perhaps the most devistating scenario imaginable is to face death knowing that because of some imagined fear, you have always chosen a half-lived life in which you avoided doing the things your heart beckoned you to do. I allowed fear to hold me back for a long time. But I have made a commitment to never let fear hold me back from doing the things I want to do or saying what is in my heart. And I am living larger than ever. I urge you to change the scenario now. Start living your life with the courage to follow your heart.
  10. How was it for me? Totally humiliating. Stand naked and see my deformed body in a full wall mirror. Worse, to stand my naked deformed body in front of a man I had never met. Even worse to have him touch my deformed body. And worst of all to be completely naked and have him photograph me. But... when I went back after my surgery with my normal and beautiful body, well I could have ran around his entire office naked and showed everyone and anyone my body. How wonderful it was to not be ashamed any longer.
  11. If you need something to read while you recover, here is my recovery story I had body lift, arm lift, breast lift, and inner thigh lift. All of me! Happy healing to you!
  12. You are on an even more limited diet than me. In a way that gives me hope. If I further reduce my food choices by keeping a diary of what I eat and my symptoms then I should be able to find permanent relief. Ugh, I ate something the other day that is completely killing me today and will be for who knows how long until I get it under control again. This is really horrible. One cannot imagine it. It must be experienced.
  13. So he actually had to cut you open to find this out? I wonder if it could be diagnosed some other way? In any event, I am glad that you have had relief! Continued good health to you and thanks for sharing.
  14. Thanks so very much for subscribing to my daily emails, DebiW. The support that I get from WLS patients on forums like ThinnerTimes or on their personal blogs, combined with my own research and reading, and then putting that into action has made the vital difference in my success. I find the real world experience of people just like me who have been through this to be both inspirational (if someone else can do this then so can I) and educational (oftentimes giving me valuable insights that I did not get from my doctors). DebiW, you got this. Just put one foot in front of the other. Take it one step at a time and keep moving toward your goal. It will be hard sometimes but you are strong. And the rewards are so very worth the effort.
  15. I am on a very strict diet and taking a ton of supplements. I am going to keep a food diary noting my reactions to the foods that I eat. Then I can eliminate those that give me a problem. Today it seems like the salad made my stomach distended. On another forum a couple of WLS patients told me they cannot eat salad. Maybe I can't either, along with some of the other foods I have been permitted to eat. I will post updates on my progress.