bcd

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About bcd

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Alexandria, Va
  • Age
    62

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  • Surgeon
    Amir Moazz
  • Hospital
    Inova Fair Oaks, Fairfax Va
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-10
  • Start Weight
    373
  • Current Weight
    215
  • Goal Weight
    208
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    32.1
  • Surgery Date
    07/21/2015
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Take a look at your plan booklet. Even fed plans can have differences between them. While my federal plan is by UHC the specific plan I had only covered the sleeve instead of bypass for some reason. Your surgeon will probably have requirements in addition to those required by insurance. These will be various medical clearances so that he has a pretty good idea of your overall health and what he can expect to see once he begins the surgery. Good luck
  2. I asked my surgeon "how many he had lost?" More curiosity than anything else. He has done well over 3,000 surgeries and he told me he has lost one. After surgery a patient with severe sleep apnea took a nap without using his CPAP and under pain killers and didn't wake up. You can be sure I used my CPAP while I was on pain killers. I think the risk factors ultimately come down to what the individual's health is when they go into surgery. My surgeon has said he won't do surgery on someone with "severe" heart issues because the hospital he uses doesn't have a cardiac ICU. He refers those patients out (nope no idea what "severe" means.) I don't regret the decision.
  3. Thanks for this. Helps me to remember that it is EVERY day
  4. I asked the question and was told to wait until all my incisions were healed. Wait just a while longer
  5. EKG

    My surgeon required a cardio clearance and I had an EKG there. She found something she was concerned about so I then had a stress test and echocardiogram. She cleared me as "low risk" but wanted me to come back a year later. Did and turned out the "issue" was signal attenuation due to tissue mass. In the last couple of weeks before surgery I also had xrays and an ultrasound plus more blood work . I would imagine this is pretty standard at the end to make sure nothing has changed. Good luck.
  6. It is my understanding the monitored diet is an insurance requirement. I had to do one and still have mixed feelings about it. My monthly weigh ins included a class on various nutrition/exercise topics. Got something out of some of the classes but not all. Best thing for me was starting to come to grips with the life style changes. Those are still a day by day thing. Good luck
  7. As others have said check your plan. I still have trouble eating salad and need it chopped rather finely to tolerate.
  8. Got my results within a few days. Know some folks who were put on a CPAP during the first test their apnea was that bad. In my case I had to go back for a second study to determine the settings on my machine. Been off it since about a month after surgery.
  9. Sounds pretty much what I experienced. It will get better. It will take several weeks for the energy to come back but it will come back.
  10. If you have trouble sleeping you may well have sleep apnea. The only way to determine that is through a sleep study. See your primary doc and see if one can be ordered for you. Your surgeon will probably require a sleep study anyway. If you do have sleep apnea and go on a CPAP you will find your life much better just from getting more rest. Good luck
  11. UHC required me to use a "Bariatic Center of Excellence" and they assigned me an advocate from Optum. Oh, and check YOUR specific plan. Just because UHC covers both bypass and sleeve doesn't mean your specific plan does. My plan only covered sleeve; that is a decision made by your employer.
  12. It could mean a number of things. My surgeon required a cardio clearance as a routine part of the process before scheduling surgery. I did have an issue with my ECG. Since they weren't concerned if it was an issue or a signal attenuation problem caused by tissue mass, being fat, my cardiologist required that I have a stress test and echocardiogram. Being in the DC area I was able to schedule them easily and have them conducted quickly. Turned out to be an issue caused by the tissue mass and I received my clearance easily after that. When you see the cardiologist you should get a better idea what is going on. Good luck
  13. Sure sounds like their is something else going on than the bypass. How old is he? When did he last have a physical?
  14. My cardiologist found something on the EKG and wasn't sure if it was an issue or a signal attenuation problem due to my being fat. Made me get a stress test and echocardiogram. Turns out it was due to tissue mass but it did take some time to schedule and get the tests conducted. Good luck tomorrow.
  15. I agree about being careful with rice. I've been told by my nut to avoid rice, bread and pasta. They all tend to swell up once in the stomach and take up space that should be used for protein. Oh, I still have difficulty with salads, for some reason my sleeve just doesn't like salad.