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  1. CarolC

    Nearly there

    Well done, you are doing great. I guess we all should expect for the weight loss to slow down as we get closer to goal weight. All those lower weekly weight losses add up and you will be there before you know it!
  2. CarolC


    Hi Teags, this paper suggests that a VSG is viable after an ESG, but I don't know if anyone has done a revision in Australia yet. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2444050717300700 Have you had a review to see if you stitches have held?
  3. CarolC

    Lap Band Op Booked

    Hello and welcome. Not long at all for you - good luck!
  4. After what seems like a really long wait, I am now in pre-op mode for my endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty on Tuesday 16 October. I am on three meal replacement shakes a day plus three cups of non starchy veges. The week prior to my pre-op diet I had started a less severe pre-op...two shakes plus a meal plus three cups of non starchy veges. Yesterday was a bit of fail for the pre-op diet, but I did learn something. I haven't that full/bloated feel from all the food I would eat while I have been on the pre-op diet, when I overate yesterday I realised I didn't actually like that full/bloated feeling. I think previously it felt like a comfort thing, yesterday it just felt bloated and uncomfortable. I shall draw on that feeling when I am tempted or strugging over the next 10 or so days.
  5. CarolC

    bMI 32 Newcastle area

    You have a BMI of about 32, have you exhausted the usual methods of losing weight? If so, an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty may be an option for you. This is a procedure for those overweight but ideally with an BMI 30 to 40...there has been some people with a greater BMI who have undertaken the procedure. It is non surgical and minimally-invasive. It's currently not covered by medicare or public health insurance, and with a BMI below 35 you may not be approved for early release of super (but I could be wrong about that). Current costs with support packages seem to range from anywhere between $16,000 to $20,000. I am having my ESG via BMI Clinic so have linked to that to give you some additional information, but there are quite a few clinics and doctors/surgeons who do the ESG , ideally though you would want a doctor who has done quite a few with minimal complications (its only a fairly new procedure in Australia. http://bmiclinic.com.au/endoscopic-sleeve-gastroplasty-faq/ There are other new procedures but I know very little about them - POSE (Primary Obesity Surgery, Endoluminal) and EndoBarrier. Oh and lap bands are also referred to as gastric bands if that helps. Bands are slowly becoming out of flavour due to complications that some banders have experienced, and some surgeons in USA refuse to do lapbands, they also seem to be losing their popularity in Australia with VGS and RNY being the preferred options.
  6. CarolC

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Boganlicious, ssida from your weight loss, you have some great non scale victories there, well done!
  7. CarolC

    ESG - Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

    My procedure will be mid October. I have attached a copy of my quote for you, to give you an idea of costs from another doctor. Perhaps call around and check other surgeon's costs, plus I would be checking number of procedures undertaken. My doctor has done about 170 to 180 of them. Experience counts, I've read of some doctors not putting enough restriction in. I will probably down grade to the 12 month program which will reduce the fees by another $1000. Has your band been giving you problems?
  8. CarolC

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Well done, that's a great result!
  9. CarolC

    ESG - Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

    Hi SarahJane ESG is not covered by medicare or private health insurance, only when it has a medicare item number will private health cover some of the costs. Typically medicare will cover 75% of the schedule fees, private health will cover 25% of the schedule fee...patient is left the gap fee which are the amounts above the scheduled fee for the surgeon and anesthetist, and hospital costs (if applicable and not covered by private health insurance) and the support package. Before medicare made it known that ESG wasn't covered by medicare, some surgeons were using, in error, a medicare item number for another type of bariatric surgery and if I recall correctly people were out of pocket anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 after medicare and private health.
  10. CarolC

    Intro from new member

    Welcome DeeCee I have a date set for my ESG in mid October, wish it were sooner but the delay is my own doing due to work, days are counting down quick though I will be travelling to NSW from Tassie for the procedure which has added to the cost (accomm is expensive due to school holidays, I should have picked my timing better). Ideally ESG is for BMI between 30 and 40, however, I have read of people having the procedure whose BMIs are outside the range. Some people seem to have more success than others, it seems to come down to surgeon skill (and the restriction they stitch) plus people's expectations. With an ESG total weight loss is likely to be lower and slower than the surgical options. Maybe worthwhile contacting the Dr/ clinics that seem to have undertaken the most ESG procedures, there is the BMI Clinic (Dr Sartoretto) in Double Bay and Dr Graeme Rich (but not sure which clinic he is associated with). There are a couple of Australian ESG FB pages if you are interested. If you are concerned about privacy re your fb friends seeing you joining a WLS group, join FB with an alias like I did. https://www.facebook.com/groups/274220686385864/ https://www.faceb´╗┐ook.com/groups/1912403589016864/ There is a USA ESG page too https://www.facebook.com/groups/1935274250043041/´╗┐
  11. CarolC

    ESG - Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

    I had a look at the website, it wasn't quite clear on the actual cost, and I am surprised that an overnight day in hospital is required. One thing I would be clarifying with the surgeon is how many ESG have they done as well as there failure, revision and complication rates. I am travelling to NSW for my procedure - all medical costs including the anaesthetist and the support package is approx $17,000. There isn't an overnight night in hospital either. What issues are you particularly worried about?
  12. CarolC

    Early superannuation release

    Even though I was in two minds about using super because of the tax, once it was approved, I decided to go ahead with the early release, funds hit my bank account Friday just gone. For the $12,000 received - $15,384 was deducted from my super. I am partially self funding the rest, I did have a loan aproved for the procedure but will not draw down on it now. I am amazed, how quickly it was all processed. To cover off on the extra tax payable I will have my employer deduct extra tax each pay. Good luck to anyone considering applying for early release of super, remember now its with the ATO not via centrelink.
  13. CarolC

    ESG - Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

    It's a fairly new procedure in Australia, I doubt there would be anyone on here who had this procedure with a gastric band in place as yet. I did find this query elsewhere, not sure if the answers are helpful. https://www.realself.com/question/los-angeles-ca-endoscopic-sleeve-gastroplasty Maybe worthwhile contacting the Dr/ clinics that seem to have undertaken the most ESG procedures, there is the BMI Clinic (Dr Sartoretto) in Double Bay and Dr Graeme Rich (but not sure which clinic he is associated with). There are a couple of ESG FB pages if you are interested. If you are concerned about privacy re your fb friends seeing you joining a WLS group, join FB with an alias like I did. https://www.facebook.com/groups/274220686385864/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1912403589016864/ There is a USA ESG page too https://www.facebook.com/groups/1935274250043041/
  14. CarolC

    Early superannuation release

    Hey Melly, did you lodge your early release application before the cut off date with centrelink? I lodged a few days before the cut off (I was undecided whether I would go through with the early release application due to the overall taxation issue so dithering). I then went to cancel the application after the cut off date but it was no longer available on mygov website under centrelink. I remember a note saying that any applications received before the cut off but undetermined would not be assessed by centrelink/human services. So I thought no need to cancel and forgot all about it. To my surprise today I received a phone call from department of human services saying my application was approved!
  15. CarolC

    What next????

    I am not sure there is a way to do it now, other than a loan for the gap that PHI and super would have covered. How much gap is there by the way? If you have a mortgage are you in a position to redraw available funds or refinance? Personal loan interest rates can be quite high. Citibank have a ready credit (line of credit) where for the first 24 months the interest is 7.9% for the inital draw down of funds (cheque to self) but after the 24 months the interest rate reverts to quite a high rate for the balance of funds not repaid. Some clinics are aligned with financial bodies/credit facilities - your clinics aligned with any lending bodies? Do you have an opportunity to loan some money from parents/family this may close the 12 month gap? Are you in a position to work extra hours, second job etc? Early release of super in now going to be managed by the ATO, I think they have or will be introducing some tighter financial criteria... I posted this early on another post: For anyone who is considering early release of super for bariatric procedures, the application process is now managed by the Australian Taxation Office, the link below provides information plus there is a new ATO form to be completed. https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/super/in-detail/withdrawing-and-paying-tax/withdrawing-your-super-and-paying-tax/?page=4#Access_on_compassionate_grounds Perhaps you can use the 12 months or some of them to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the surgery? My procedure is in October and that feels like a long wait so I can only imagine what twelve months must be like. I guess we all want everything now but sometimes there is little we can do to speed things up so we have to wait it out.