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I will help anyone with general questions about roux en y gastric bypass specifically and my own personal experiences. I am specificially looking to help other Ontarians with learning about the process and qualifying for surgery through OHIP. I can answer general questions about the complications, lifestyle and requirements of roux en y surgery. I am not an expert in all forms of bariatric surgery so if you are inquiring about such things as Lapband, Duodenal Switch, I can only answer general questions about them. I had roux en y laproscopic surgery.

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I had my surgery in 2006, am very active in the WLS community and run a local support group. I am a researcher as well and enjoy sharing what I learn with others.


Local WLS support Group.

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None. University Educated but not in Bariatrics!

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It is my life and lifestyle.

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2014-12-12 gastric surgery:

Rny gastric bypass is ONE type of bariatric surgery.  Yes.    I suggest reading weight loss surgery for dummies to get a basic understanding of all surgery types and the demands of each.  Many of the bariatric

2013-03-08 Do I qualify? And how long of a wait?:

Under OHIP's guidelines, you qualify as your bmi is 40.  It has to be a minimum of 35 plus significant health issues or a bmi of 40 without.      It is up to the centre however, if your medical conditions

2012-11-06 gastric bypass:

Your bmi qualifies you for surgery.  I would start the process with your doctor as it tends to take a while.    You need to be 6 months smoke free before they perform surgery.   Smoking increases the chance

2012-07-15 Complications:

Pain is not normal. Always talk to your team, family doctor or go to emergency.      Some symptoms can include:      Crampy abdominal pain that comes and goes  Nausea  Vomiting  Diarrhea  Constipation

2012-04-10 Pre op tests:

I assume that you are going through Humber based on your timeline.   You are quite honestly underestimating your timeline.   "fast" is having surgery within 9 months - that is considered quick!  You will


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