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  • Birthday 08/03/1959

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    Living long enough to be that grouchy old curmudgeon in the corner booth at Starbucks.
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    Dr. Jose Rodriguez
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    Star Medico Juarez, Mexico
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  1. I had constipation for 3 weeks. I went 13 days post-op without a BM. Then came the diarrhea, which lasted another 10 days, After experimenting with Miralax, Activia, Immodium, and othe chemicals, I finally have a well-behaved colon, except I now have roids that need their own zip code! That's another issue...
  2. Be very careful about surgery outside the USA. I had an RNY in Mexico and damn near died. The surgeon punctured my bowel during surgery and it went unnoticed for 18 hours. They took me back into the OR and flushed out my abdomen, but I developed a post-op strep infection of the abdomen and bled pus and ooze for 4 weeks. No local US doctor would treat me, since the surgery was done out of the country and they did not want to assume the liability of a very sick infected patient. I finally collapsed and was taken to an emergency room, where my infection was treated properly and cleared up in about a week. The expense of that ER visit wiped out any savings from the foreign surgery. THINK ABOUT AFTERCARE! Make sure your PCP will see you after you return from surgery!
  3. I am 10 days post-op from a male breast reduction (MBR) procedure. I have had 'girl breasts' since I was 11, and it really had a negative effect on my life for decades. I lost 80+ pounds after an RNY, but still had C cups. Now, 10 days out, I am totally pleased with the outcome of the surgery. I did not have liposuction. My breasts were too big and saggy, so my plastic surgeon recommended a true breast reduction. If I had gone for liposuction, I would have still had lots of loose skin and would have looked like a milked goat after the procedure. With a breast reduction, an incision is made along the lower breast fold and another about midway up the breast. The fat is then removed and the two incisions brought together, giving a remarkable contour, which I love. The nipples are transplanted as well, in my case, about three inches north of their former home. The tradeoff is that you do end up with more significant scars with a MBR vs liposuction, but to me the scars were absolutely unimportant. I was tired of looking down and seeing jugs. Now I look down and see my shoes. It is great! The cost was about $8500, including all hospital and surgeon's fees plus aftercare (which is very very important). You will have to wear a compression vest for 6 weeks. It sucks at first, but you will get used to it and as you heal, it is hardly noticeable. The confidence you will gain from the procedure is worth the very temporary pain and discomfort. Best of luck with your procedure, whatever you decide on.
  4. I'm 3.5 months post-op from an RNY and I'm just 7 pounds from officially moving out of the 'obese' category and into the 'overweight' category. Between my pre-op low carb diet and my post-op loss, I am 82 ponds lighter than I was at Thanksgiving of last year. I'm excited and I just want to send out hope and good thoughts to everyone who struggles. I had my plateaus and even a 5-pound bounceback, but every time I went back on a very regimented diet, I had success. I can't exercise much, due to ortho issues, but even there the weight loss is helping. I know many of you are in pain/discomfort, not experiencing the weight loss you were hoping for, or miss being able to eat your favorite foods. It is worth it. Even if you lose slowly, you are helping your body. Lastly. advocate for yourself. Seek the help and support of a good doctor, a good nutritionist, and good friends. I have had to remind my friends when we go out to PLEASE not urge more food on me. I am very open about my surgery and I try to educate the folks around me how critical it is that I not eat more the my ration. Most can't believe how little I eat, and try to coax me into 'just one more bite' or 'you've earned dessert'. It takes a lot of will power to say no, but telling them how physically miserable I feel if I eat just one more bite helps them understand what gastric pain is like. Anyway, thanks for letting me ramble. Best of luck to all in our various struggles. Eat like your life depended on it! Cheers, Tom
  5. Thanks, everyone, for your wisdom. I am not folowing any particular diet. The 'docs' in Mexico just told me to 'eat soup for a month or so' before going back to regular food in small portions. I will look into a more regimented approach to eating. Thanks, again.
  6. I am 6 weeks post-op RNY. For the first 4 weeks, I lost weight at 1-2 pounds per day, and had severe diarrhea. Two weeks ago, the weight loss and the diarrhea stopped and my weight is actually increasing about 1 pound every 2-3 days. I also have not had a BM of any type for 10+ days now. Is this normal? My surgery was done in Mexico, so I don't have a doctor to guide me in aftercare. Thanks for any input.
  7. I'm 3 weeks post-op RNY, and had massive complications/infections. I weigh myself several times a day, because the weight is falling from me at a rate I've never seen (33 pounds in 3 weeks). But is it better to weigh yourself on a weekly schedule? I've heard it both ways. Thoughts?
  8. What a great vignette of how life is full of unexpected moments and how fleeting but meaningful random short human interactions can be. Best of luck with your dreams and good health to you!
  9. I'm 2 weeks post-op with massive complications/infections, but even I have to say it gets better. I have found that sticking to a rigid schedule and measuring times and volumes (almost like a newborn) is helping me transition. I live by my iPhone calendar and my measuring cup. Even if I don't want to 'eat' (drink), I do. Even if I do want to 'eat', (drink), I don't. My schedule/diet is my obsession. I try to avoid places I will see food that I used to crave. The hardest thing is I still cook for my wife. I love the food preparation and the cooking process, but it is tortuous not to even have a taste! Hang in there and look at the long game-you will be fabulous!
  10. I'm getting stronger now. Sorry if I came off whiny in earlier posts. But my message is still "consider everything, not just money." Make sure you research the doctors and facilities. Talk completely openly to your primary physician. And line up a solid plan for aftercare, because you WILL need it, even if you don't have complications. Cheers, everyone!
  11. Thanks all for the good vibes and interest. I am doing better. I may even be out of the woods now, as the drainage is slowing, my temp is normal, and I can sit up without screaming. Remember if you are having ANY kind of surgery, make aftercare arrangements FIRST!
  12. Wow, thanks, everyone for the support. I am not on a crusade against Star Medico or their staff. Star Medico is a fine facility. Their staff is caring and well-trained. Their equipment is good. I was the victim of a millimeter-off surgical instrument manipulated from a distance and viewable only by camera. Imagine trying to tie someone's shoes using a pair of 18" tweezers through a 1/2 inch hole while watching by camera. I am in awe of their skill and bravado. As for care, at least five of their doctors and one of their admissions clerks have called me many many times to find out how I am. My doctors in Mexico have shown more humanity and caring than 90% of the doctors I have dealt with in the US. In Mexico, they consider the patient and his/her health first. In the US, it is about insurance first, liability second, copays third, and patient health is WAY down the list. One of my doctors in Mexico even said if I could get down to Juarez, he would treat me for free and keep me in his house if the hospital would not let me stay. Where would you ever find that kind of care from a person who was a total stranger just a few days ago. His kindness makes me choke up. No, do not blame Mexican medicine. Just make SURE you have a plan for follow-up care in your hometown for when you get back!
  13. Eleven days ago I traveled to Juarez, Mexico to get a gastric bypass performed. The training, courtesy, and cleanliness of the facility and staff were wonderful. But during the operation, my bowel was punctured and went unnoticed. After 18 hours I was not getting better, so I underwent a second operation to look for problems-they found and resected another foot of small intestine. I got better and came home. But I quickly developed a post-op infection. My regular doctor would no see me because he did not perform the procedure, no new doctor would take me on because of liability, my health insurance was cancelled, and my only option would have been ti go to an ER and bankrupt myself. PLEASE think about the risks of surgery overseas and the fact that when you get back to the US, you will have NO MEDICAL AFTERCARE OPTIONS except the ER, which you will self-pay. FYI: 11 days post-op I am still gushing blood/pus. I have an ex-student in vet school who is going to try to sneak me out some horse antibiotic from her vet school, but I told her not to get caught and ruin her career. -Tom in Colorado