Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It is TIME to BUST a MOVE over HERE!!!

Hi all. Well, it is time! It is time to call the surgeon and make the appointment. I have completed the 6 months of pre-conditioning and screening and testing and I got the recommendation from the MD that I more than qualify for Bariatric surgery and that I should proceed. But, but, but I'm not ready!! Mentally that is. So I checked out 8 new books on Bariatric surgery from the Library, and my husband and I have been busy reading them, looking for reasons why as well as reasons why not to have the surgery. Did you guys go through this? Did you have last minute jitters? Were any of you reluctant to make the call? Why am I afraid? Am I afraid of the surgery and potential complications? Yes. Am I afraid that I will be miserable after I have the band because I won't be able to eat anything I want like I do now? Yes. Do I also hate what I see when I look in the mirror? Is it very unhealthy and am I miserable being 265 with a bmi of 42? Yes Yes YES!!! I emailed a Doctor friend of mine who is a department head at Northwestern University and practices as well as lectures all over the world on pain mgt. Anyway, I asked him his opinion and he thinks the Lap Band is great. Knows some people who have been very successful with it and he recommends it more than RnY because he has seen so many complications that can occur with RnY. So what is my problem? Why do I feel like I need a stamp of approval to do this? I have to move fast....need to do this before year end because I have met my ins. deductible. The sooner I meet with the surgeon, the sooner I can get insurance approval. Give me some feedback girls! Did any of you feel this way?


  1. My opinion - go meet with the surgeon as soon as possible. Ask all of your questions and express all of your fears - THEN see how you feel. If you are still not ready then don't do it yet. Speaking for myself, when I reached the point of being ready, I knew it. I still had those little worries, but I knew inside that I was ready to take this step and leave the rest behind.

  2. I think what you're experiencing is the last minute jitters when you realize how close you are to getting it. I went through the whole pre-op process and didn't doubt myself until 2 days before surgery. I think this is normal. You think, "what if I'm the ONE that dies? what if it doesn't work? what if I can do it on my own? what if what if?" but the truth is, we know what is best for us. this worrisome process is natural. And I personally think it was my "downer self" trying to talk me out of doing something that was good for me. you know? go ahead and call the md and you can work out your mental stuff while you wait the appointments and approval to come.

  3. Linda! Stop that second guessing right now missy. I know you are prepared and have done your research. There is always a reason not to do something as big as WLS, but there ar so many reasons FOR doing it!!!!

    Make the call and talk to you doctor if you have any more concerns or questions, but I think you already know what you want!

    I didnt get nervous until about 2 hours before surgery. Not that I had made the wrong decision but anytime they give you the sleepy juice I think it is natural to get nervous.

    I am also glad to see you back on the blog!!!! Missed you!

  4. I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing to make sure you have read all you can read and do all your homework!! I do think you've done your homework and you should stop second guessing your decision. You are ready!! You can do this. Make the phone call, make an appt. You can always cancel later if you need to!

  5. Hey there, I live in Canton, MI and had lapband 3 weeks ago. I would be more then happy to talk to you about my experience. Best of luck to you!