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    Gastric Sleeve Member MsLisa71's Avatar
    I have not had a gastric sleeve.
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    Lisa
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    Default WA State Sleevers??

    Hi - are there any PNW/WA State sleevers out there? Looks like there was an old post from years ago with no recent activity.

    I am pre-sleeve currently. Waiting for the surgeons office to submit everything for insurance approval. Hoping to schedule for April.

    Would love to share experiences.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Tamera Anderson
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    01/24/2017
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    Dr Mario Almanza
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    Hi Lisa, I live in Washington State. I had the sleeve done 1-24-17. I went to Mexico and it was the best decision. I love my tool. I’m happy to answer any questions. I no longer have diabetes,high blood pressure, severe sleep apnea, off seven medications, no longer need the BiPAP machine and oxygen. 4BA76F35-E814-4CA0-A06D-7488B0816C97.jpeg51DC73CF-0DE4-4F35-ADF5-16932F007FDB.jpegDEFCAA60-9FB1-4F01-BDDD-688AB5AC0D0E.jpegA8BB0F2D-5A8A-4FAB-AC0A-CE16DF01A5AC.jpegMy chronic pain no longer rules me, its reduced significantly with the weight-loss. I now have more energy than I know what to do with. I went from barely able to climb a flight of stairs to now climbing mountains. I’m now living the dream!!
    Highest weight- 288 / Wt at Surgery 268
    1 month 236 -29lbs 2 month 214 -22lbs 3 month 206 -08lbs 4 month 196 -10lbs 5 month 185 -11lbs 6 month 178 -7lbs 7 month 172 -6lbs 9mos -12lbs 156 Total wt loss 143*!!!!

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    Gastric Sleeve Member MsLisa71's Avatar
    I have not had a gastric sleeve.
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    Lisa
    Surgery date
    04/25/2018
    Surgeon
    Dr. Troy Houseworth
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    Default Re: WA State Sleevers??

    Wow, Tamera! You look fabulous!

    I feel like I've researched it all so well, but my head gets in the way sometimes. I have lived to this point overweight and am starting down a slippery slope with pre-diabetes and slightly elevated BP......my father died at 70 of obesity-related illness including both of those. I haven't been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but snore quite loudly - I'm told! I have crazy ankle pain due to Achilles tendonitis in both ankles. I feel like these all will become non-issues postop.

    I "know" that this is the best way to have a positive impact on my future.....then the "what-ifs" overtake me. What if my surgery causes more problems? What if I regain? What if I have a bunch of extra skin hanging? What if I become nutrient deficient? What if I don't lose?

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    Gastric Sleeve Member Juanita62's Avatar
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    Default Re: WA State Sleevers??

    Oregon here. I just started this journey in December and think my surgery date will be either April or May. Good luck! Excited to hear how things progress for you



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Tamera Anderson
    Surgery date
    01/24/2017
    Surgeon
    Dr Mario Almanza
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    Default Re: WA State Sleevers??

    Quote Originally Posted by MsLisa71 View Post
    Wow, Tamera! You look fabulous!

    I feel like I've researched it all so well, but my head gets in the way sometimes. I have lived to this point overweight and am starting down a slippery slope with pre-diabetes and slightly elevated BP......my father died at 70 of obesity-related illness including both of those. I haven't been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but snore quite loudly - I'm told! I have crazy ankle pain due to Achilles tendonitis in both ankles. I feel like these all will become non-issues postop.

    I "know" that this is the best way to have a positive impact on my future.....then the "what-ifs" overtake me. What if my surgery causes more problems? What if I regain? What if I have a bunch of extra skin hanging? What if I become nutrient deficient? What if I don't lose?
    Thank you for the kind words, If your ready to make a change this surgery is for you. Your health will improve and you will feel like a different person. I went from snoring loud with severe sleep apnea. I couldn’t even lay down without wearing my bipap and oxygen. Now completely gone. Im the healthiest Ive ever been. I don’t have loose skin issues. Its very minor. I think all my exercise helped prevent a big problem. I will however need new boobs. Mine our gone and whats left is sagging. However those that had bigger loose shin issues still rather have that then the pounds. If you follow your diet your nutrients will be the best its ever been. The sleeve doesn’t cause absorption problems thats the bypass. I had my vitamins levels checked at 4mos postop and had to stop vitamin B12 my levels were very high. Getting all I need from my diet. You will loose. If your ready to change it is pretty easy to follow. Biggest thing you first have to change is your Brain. Your head will try to get you to eat like the old days. But the sleeve makes it easier to ignor and eat the right thing. Lots of support available and i even went to a counselor and group monthly support groups in the beginning. Don’t let the what if’s stand in your way of Health and Freedom to enjoy life again and truly live your life to the fullest!!!!!!!!
    Highest weight- 288 / Wt at Surgery 268
    1 month 236 -29lbs 2 month 214 -22lbs 3 month 206 -08lbs 4 month 196 -10lbs 5 month 185 -11lbs 6 month 178 -7lbs 7 month 172 -6lbs 9mos -12lbs 156 Total wt loss 143*!!!!

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    Gastric Sleeve Member MsLisa71's Avatar
    I have not had a gastric sleeve.
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    Lisa
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    04/25/2018
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    Dr. Troy Houseworth
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    Default Re: WA State Sleevers??

    Quote Originally Posted by Tamera2 View Post
    Don’t let the what if’s stand in your way of Health and Freedom to enjoy life again and truly live your life to the fullest!!!!!!!!
    Thank you - very good advice!
    I've been doing the "brain training" the last 12-14 mos....learning what full feels like, saying "no" if I'm not hungry or something that's not healthy doesn't even look good (even sometimes when it does look good too!) I've been eating higher protein and low carbs. Cut out added sugar in a big way....everyone blames fast-food for obesity, I say Starbucks plays a role in that with all their syrups!!
    Working out consistently is still my nemesis, but I realized last week that if I wear workout clothes to work (I change into scrubs for work) that it "makes" me stop at the gym before I get home and comfy and don't want to go back out. There really is a lot of change that the surgery will not do for you - I realize that, and hope that will add to my success by paying attention to these other things.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member MsLisa71's Avatar
    I have not had a gastric sleeve.
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    Lisa
    Surgery date
    04/25/2018
    Surgeon
    Dr. Troy Houseworth
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    Default Re: WA State Sleevers??

    Quote Originally Posted by Juanita62 View Post
    Oregon here. I just started this journey in December and think my surgery date will be either April or May. Good luck! Excited to hear how things progress for you
    My insurance changed some of their requirements at the start of the year, so I'm still about a week away from meeting them so the surgeon's office can start my authorization process. It was disappointing, but I'm trying not to let it get me down.

    Best to you in your process too!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Tamera Anderson
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    Default Re: WA State Sleevers??

    So glad you found my advice helpful. You sound like you will be a very good candidate for the Sleeve. It will make what your doing a lot easier. Yes sugar is a huge culprit in our obesity problem and agree Starbucks is a huge problem. Not only from sugary coffees but their scones are a million calories. Lol Please keep me posted. If I can help in any other way or answer anymore questions please let me know. Take Care, Tamera
    Highest weight- 288 / Wt at Surgery 268
    1 month 236 -29lbs 2 month 214 -22lbs 3 month 206 -08lbs 4 month 196 -10lbs 5 month 185 -11lbs 6 month 178 -7lbs 7 month 172 -6lbs 9mos -12lbs 156 Total wt loss 143*!!!!

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    Gastric Sleeve Member AnnieG's Avatar
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    Default Re: WA State Sleevers??

    While I live in NC now, I'm from WA State. You have marvelous healthcare out there compared to the south. And great doctors. I hope you all do well. Still have kids out there (Monroe) & family all over the state.


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    Consult: 205 lbs
    SW: 199 lbs
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    2 MO = 157 lbs (-42 lbs)
    3 MO = 149 lbs (-50 lbs)
    4 MO = 138 lbs (-61 lbs)
    5 MO = 136 lbs (-63 lbs)
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