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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
Next week my daughter Erin, my only child, graduates from high
school. And a little more than 2 months after that, she will be going off
to College. It is a time of change for all of us. And itís tough.
said that the only one who enjoys change is a wet baby. But for things to
improve, we have to go through the pain of change. For Erin to grow,
mature and learn, she needs to go on to another stage of her life. As
much as I would like to keep her tucked in the pocket of my coat, this is
not what would be good for either of us.
And isnít this what weight loss surgery is all about? We go through the
realization that our life canít continue the way it is. We know that we
have to do something drastic to make the necessary change. We go through
surgery, the very tough healing process and learning how to deal with our
very small pouch. And at the end, we emerge healthier and happier. And we
are wiser as we realize that the pain of change was all worth it.
Have a good 2 weeks,
In This Issue
* The Truth about Tummy Tucks
* Weight Loss Panic
* Recipe: Chicken Salad Extraordinaire
* Speaking in Detroit and Orlando
The Truth about Tummy Tucks
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I am 1 year and 2 months post-op. I have lost 174 pounds and
feel great! Life is wonderful. I just went to the plastic
surgeon about my tummy tuck and my insurance company denied me.
Is this common? I was told before surgery they would cover the
tummy tuck. Any ideas? Help!! Thank you and by
the way, I love the e-newsletters. Thanks for all your
Even plastic surgeons admit that there is a lot of confusion
about terminology when it comes to surgery done in the abdominal
area. When you were told your insurance company would cover a
tummy tuck, someone might have misspoken.
Insurance companies cover plastic surgery if plastic surgery
is considered medically necessary. Insurance companies cover
panniculectomies or the removal of the pannus which is the skin
that hangs down over the abdominal area. If this skin causes a
rash and infection that cannot be treated with anything other
than surgery, then the removal of the pannus is usually
covered. An insurance company never covers an abdominoplasty
which is the tightening of the muscles of the abdomen because
this is considered cosmetic.
The question is what was meant by the term "tummy tuck?" Did
they mean a panniculectomy (skin removal) or an abdominoplasty
(tightening of the muscles)?? If you need a panniculectomy for
removal of skin that is causing you infections and have been
denied by your insurance company, I would recommend filing an
appeal. It should be covered. Otherwise, if it is cosmetic,
unfortunately you might want to start saving up to pay for your
surgery yourself. Insurance companies vary in how lenient or
strict they are with covering plastic surgery, so there may be a
small chance if you file an appeal that an
abdominoplasty might be covered.
To find out more about plastic surgery, order the CD of
the telephone seminar ďPlastic Surgery; the Inevitable Next
Step.Ē with the plastic surgeon, Dr. Peter Rubin. Click here to
find out more
Weight Loss Panic
|I receive many emails like the
following. There is a tendency to panic in the first few weeks
when things donít go as expected. Usually, everything is OK,
but if you are ever concerned about anything post-op, call your
doctor. He or she may be able to refer you to professional help
if you need it.
I have a problem and need your help. I had surgery 6 weeks ago.
The first 2 1/2 weeks I lost 45 pounds. I have not lost ANY
weight since. I am very discouraged. Isn't it a little early to
hit a plateau?
I read about everyone's weight just melting off. I do not
find that. At first when I could start eating soft food, I
started eating too much, so I backed off and was eating 4
Tablespoons each meal. I dropped the cottage cheese and yogurt
thinking it was too many carbs. But now I am not eating
anything and I don't miss the food at all. I am drinking just my
protein drink for each meal and I am still not losing. I have
been getting in my water, 64 oz. and I have been exercising and
walking. I am scared. I can not think of anything else.
Should I call the doctor? Since I was not losing when I was
eating, I just quit. Please send me some help.
Patsy from Idaho
You are just fine. The average weight loss is 20 pounds per
month. You actually lost too much weight the first 2 1/2 weeks.
You shocked your body and your body decided to hang onto every
last calorie. It went into starvation or survival mode. You
then compounded the problem by eating even fewer calories. So
you told your body it was right to hang onto every calorie.
What you need to do is to increase your calorie intake to at
least 700 to 800 per day. Be sure to continue your protein,
water and exercise and eventually you will start to lose weight
again. It shouldn't take too long.
What you are going through is not unusual. This has happened
to thousands of patients and they all started to lose weight
again. I know it is scary when you are going through it
yourself though. But you will be just fine. Let me know how you
Chicken Salad Extraordinaire
If you want something for lunch or dinner that will stop your
hunger in its tracks or if you want to eat something chock full of
protein, this is it. It includes tofu (gasp!), but donít let that
keep you from it. Just give it a try and I guarantee that you
will become a fan!
If you have just had surgery, put the mixture into a food
processor and make a dip out of it.
Chicken Salad Extraordinaire
6 ounce of roast chicken with no skin (or use canned chicken or
1/5th of a block of firm tofu
2 Tablespoons of fat free Ranch dressing
1/4 cup fat free sour cream
2 stalks celery
1/4 of a small onion, chopped
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
Break up the chicken and chop it fine. Mix the rest of the
ingredients well. Season to taste. Serve with a tomato cut into
Makes 2 servings. Each serving
If you have a recipe that you would like
to share in future issues of this
newsletter, please send it to me at
Speaking in Detroit and Orlando
I am very excited to announce that I will be
the main speaker at 2 upcoming ObesityHelp events. On June 4th I
will be speaking at the ObesityHelp event just
outside Detroit at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Troy, Michigan.
And on June 25th I will be in Orlando, FL at the Doubletree at
|At these events expect to:
||Leave excited and motivated
||Learn tips to help you to be incredibly
||Find out the latest in plastic surgery,
protein, supplements, etc.
Please Note: I am asked very often about coming
to speak for various practices. If you would like me to speak, call
me for details 877-440-1518.
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