So I did something interesting yesterday afternoon. I went to an introductory class about bariatric weight loss surgeries.
I’ve been considering it for a couple of years now and I’d like to have the vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery. That is the one where the majority of your stomach is removed and you are left with a tube-like looking stomach.
This works for two reasons. First, you can only eat small amounts and you get full quickly. Second, the part of the stomach that is permanently removed is the part that produces hormones that cause you to feel hungry. All of that results in a fairly rapid weight loss. (Diligent patients will lose about 70% of their excess weight the first year.)
I have to say, insurance companies sure don’t make it easy to get approved for the procedure. Also, the surgeons and hospital cover every possible base, too. On average, you have to jump through hoops for three to six months before you are approved. Those hoops include monthly visits with a nutritionist, a psych evaluation, physical therapy sessions, and sometimes 6 months of supervised dieting. Women also have to have a current mammogram (within one year) and if you are over 50, you need to have a colonoscopy.
Hearing all of that didn’t discourage me. I really want to get this done. I’m tired of losing weight only to regain it again. And I’ve got so much that I still want to do in my life but this extra weight is really slowing me down.
The next step is to meet with a member of the bariatric nursing team for an initial physical exam and a discussion of what I want to do. That appointment is on November 28th.
I’ll probably talk about this every once in a while when something comes to mind or when I am in the process of taking another step in the journey. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.
I wish you health and happiness. Please wish it for me, too!