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cbdusty
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Am I too obese for a tummy tuck?
tummy tuckBariatric, Gastric Bypass, Weight Loss Surgery

This is the link to my photos posted on the site. http://www.makemeheal.com/voting/viewVideoAsset.do?albumid=230 Here you can unfortunately see the obesity. Would someone of my size be better off with gastric bypass, tummy tuck or liposuction or is it safe to say I'll probably need all of them. I'm 270 lbs and I hate dragging the stomach around. I'm now getting lots of knee pain and lower back pain due to a lifetime of obesity (I was 240 lbs. when I was 7 years old). What would be the best course of action or order of surgeries for me? I'll admit the one that scares me the most is the gastric bypass, I had an aunt who had that done and she was always sick afterwards (lots of stomach problems). The rest I know are also risky as is all surgery but I feel that a lifetime of obesity is just as risky if not more for my heart since I view myself as a walking timebomb. Now that menopause is setting in I'm noticing more aches and pains and also more chest pains, that's why I need to take drastic measures immediately but I don't know what and I don't know how to go about it.

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jhonnys


Plastic surgeon
Coral Gables, FL
United States
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  Gastric bypass and then abdominoplasty
August 7, 2013 1:08 AM

Gastric bypass should be your first option and then the abdominoplasty.

For more information : http://www.drjsalomon.com/tummy_tuck08/ (more)
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docblinski


Plastic surgeon
Miami, FL
United States
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May 2, 2010 5:04 PM

For your safety LOSS weight by any method including gastric bypass or lap band. Than do a tummy tuck. From MIAMI Dr. B (more)
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drpousti


Plastic surgeon
La Jolla, CA
United States
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  Massive weight loss
November 2, 2009 2:51 PM

Consider losing as much weight as possible before undergoing any invasive surgery such as a tummy tuck. You will benefit from a tummy tuck procedure after losing as much weight as (more)
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DrPlacik


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Chicago, IL
United States
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  Try to lose the weight first: that is your priority
November 1, 2009 1:02 PM

SEE TUMMY TUCK VIDEO BELOW BY CLICKING MORE:
Your priority is to lose the weight first for your overall health. Bariatric surgery options have improved most likely since your aunt had (more)
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drkarenhorton


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San Francisco, CA
United States
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January 19, 2009 10:05 PM

There is no right or wrong answer to your question.

However, if you feel that you can realistically achieve weight reduction, and get as healthy as possible, I would encourage these (more)
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drmarcel


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Long Beach, CA
United States
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  obesity
January 4, 2009 11:41 AM

Your obesity puts you at elevated risk for any cosmetic surgery. Gastric bypass or lap-band is your best option. Once you drop the weight you will benefit from the tummy tuck (more)
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ajordan
albertville, MN
United States
 
January 31, 2011 10:54 AM

Hi - I am 5'4" and was 255 lb 2 years ago. I had gastric bypass and got down to 184 (I am very large boned so that made me a size 14). I had 3 c-sections and a large roll of fat below the belly button that got bigger with each child and unfortunately didn't shrink as much as I would have liked with the bypass.

I had a TT in December and they removed 13 lb. I am happy that the roll is gone, but there is still fat there that you don't see on smaller women who have a tt. I am hoping that some of it is swelling. I had 2 rounds of infections - not sure if that was because I was "thicker" as my PS says or not. I am now a size 12 and hopefully will get even smaller.

So, my advice would be to do the bypass first so that when you do the TT it will be on a smaller body. If you do the tt now and then lose weight I would be afraid that it wouldn't look good.

Yes, gastric bypass changes your eating and health dramatically and I have had my share of difficulty, believe me. It was worth it for my health though and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

If you follow the vitamin regimen and get the right nutrition, you should have minimal health issues. Good luck.



 



 

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