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  1. Portion control! In the six months prior to my surgery I lost about 60 pounds purely with portion control. You mean a can of green beans isn't one portion?????
  2. I had the sleeve at 62 and did not have any effects from my age that I noticed. Tired for a few days but up and walking which is pretty typical for any major surgery. You should be fine.
  3. Since I had already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and was using a CPAP I didn't need a sleep study. People going through the process with me who had not had a sleep study had to get one. I had to get an endoscopy. Also needed a cardiac clearance.
  4. You are doing fine. At the three week mark I had lost 11 pounds. Stick with the plan and it will start coming off again. It is not a straight line. As has been suggested measure yourself and see how the inches come off. Good luck
  5. Wow, your gall bladder removal sounds tough. I had mine removed during the same surgery when I was sleeved and also had a hernia repaired. Should have probably had the appendix taken out since they were rummaging around so much in there. Felt like I had been in a brawl but not a whole lot of pain. Spent two nights in the hospital but the second night was due to a prostate issue.
  6. Agree with Lee. Call your surgeons office. They will probably have a list of providers who are experienced with doing evals for weight loss patients. In my case part of the eval was covered by insurance and some was not, sorry can't recall which was which. Got lucky in my case as the provider had been the inhouse counselor for a bariatic practice before going into private practice.
  7. I agree with the others that you should push fluids. I find that when I am short on fluids my head hunger tends to get worse. Being light headed is often a sign of dehydration or can be a side effect of some medications.
  8. I went from size 13 to 10 1/2, just like I was before I lost control.
  9. A different experience here. The bladder is sensitive to ansethesia and mine is VERY sensitive. I was unable to void on my own after surgery and my hospital required that I void prior to release. So I stayed an extra night with a catheter and when I still couldn't void I got to come home for several days with a Foley catheter. My wife really proved she believed in the "for better or worse" as she helped me deal with it. Turns out I also have a very enlarged prostate which made voiding much more challenging while the bladder recovered. Catheters are uncomfortable and not a lot of fun. The insertion and removal is only slightly painful at most but the improvement in health and overall life style has been worth it. Good luck
  10. Different for all but I spent two nights in the hospital. Doubt if I could have done much "work" at two days but four or five days probably. You won't be able to drive as long as you are on pain killers which again depends upon you. I only used mine for the ride home. Good luck.
  11. I thought I was still losing mine also but while seeing a dermatologist on an unrelated matter he told me that I have psorios of the scalp. Use Tarsum medicated shampoo. Although over the counter it is difficult to find. Ordered it through my pharmacy and it seems to have stopped the psoriosis and the hair loss has also appeared to stop. Not cheap but worth a shot. Oh, I was using dandruff shampoos with no result. Good luck
  12. My colon doc recommended Benefiber to increase my fiber intake. He said it is the only fiber he knows of that most of his patients can tolerate on an ongoing basis. I find that all the generics also work fine. Oh, I also use Miralax or its generic versions. Good luck
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Thanks for this. Helps me to remember that it is EVERY day
  16. I asked the question and was told to wait until all my incisions were healed. Wait just a while longer
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. As others have said check your plan. I still have trouble eating salad and need it chopped rather finely to tolerate.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. Sure sounds like their is something else going on than the bypass. How old is he? When did he last have a physical?