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    Hi Judy, you asked me how my surgery went with Dr. Almanza. I am 5 weeks out today. I had a LapBand removed and gastric sleeve done so I had a tougher procedure and had to have a nasal tube for 2 days. I think Dr. Almanza is amazing. I was worried he would find some reason inside my body that would have prevented him from continuing my surgery but he took care of me and I am so happy I had this done. I wanted to get my LapBand out for some time (had it 10 years) because it wasn't working and I had gained some weight back. I was 225 before surgery and am now 201. Losing slowly but I don't care. I know it will stay off permanently this time. I can be reached by phone at 813.842.8080 if you want to talk. Barb
  2. Hi to all who have welcomed me! I am glad to be a part of this group. I am learning a lot from everyone.
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    Hi Judy.
    I had surgery with Dr. Almanza 8 days ago. I can tell you that everything went smoothly. There were 10 of us booked for that day... one of them was a 68 year old woman, who sailed through. (She actually put the rest of us to shame... she was up and about right away with no problems!!!)
    You are right to be a little concerned about the plane ride home. It was, by far, the most difficult part of this whole thing for me. Then again, I am from the Toronto area in Canada, so my trip home involved two planes and 12 hours. I picked up some compression stockings before heading down, and wore them home - as a precaution.
    I haven't regretted this for a minute. Congratulations on making the decision to do something wonderful for yourself!!!!!
    Please feel free to message me if you have any questions... I will be happy to help!!!
    Wishing you the best,
  4. I'm wondering if Dr. Almanza's hospital is JCI accredited? Is that right? JCI?
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    Yay Judy!! Well there are a lot of people on here you have had Dr Almanza for their surgeon. You can find recent up to date experiences. I wish you the best!!

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    Are you having surgery with Dr Almanza? I had surgery this last July with him.
  7. I'm getting excited since my husband and I made the decision that I will take this journey in the months to follow. I will be impatient of course. I am so hopeful that this will give me a better quality of life than I have had the past few years due to health problems. I had my 65th birthday yesterday and I want the remainder of my life to be better, I want to be more mobile, and energetic.
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Flying Home From Mexico

by Judy Rathel on 12-02-2014 at 12:04 AM
Could any of you share your experience after leaving the hospital and how difficult it was to fly back to the states right after surgery?

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