I went to my Panniculectomy class last evening at Kaiser Permanente. I never knew there was a different between the Panniculectomy, tummy tuck, and abdominoplasty (which I had never heard of before). So the class was a success because I learned a lot. I am definitely going to have a panniculectomy which takes off the excess skin and fat that hangs down from my stomach and covers my pubis. And that is a free surgery,. However, I might need a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty to tighten my stomach an take away the last of my "pregnant" stomach and even give me a new belly button. Now the tummy tuck and abdominoplasty costs thousands of dollars but is several thousand less when accompanied by the panniculectomy. I won't know whether I will need the other two until I am seen by the surgeon. I had to fill out a bunch of forms and according to them, it will show if the surgeons are willing to do the panniculectomy at all.
My BMI went down from 36 (morbidly obese) to 26 (obese) and although I am less than the 30 that is the absolute most I could be for surgery, I must get it to 24 for optimum care. Therefore by August when my year post surgery is up, I must lose another 20 lbs.
I am already at the upper limits for surgery because of my age (72) and my Diabetes II, and my allergies to many medications. I do have all the right reasons for the panniculectomy (overhang, rashes, pain, itching).
Wish me luck everyone that I can have the panniculectomy and don't need much more as I really don't have the thousands of dollars that must be paid up front before surgery.
BTW - no exercise for at least one to two months post panniculectomy.
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