peedin: Yes, I have been trying for years to lose the weight. I have been over 200 lb. since I was 15. I have tried about every diet known to man with some working better then others. Problem is that without fail, the weight always came back, and it always brought company.
There are very specific guidelines that the Dr. goes by. The short answer is that I have tried to diet for years and it didn’t work. I tried Dr. supervised diets, both regular and prescription. A Body Mass index of 40 or above is considered morbidly obese. Mine was 43.
I had been thinking about the surgery for about 2 years. The thing that made me finally go for it was the fact that I was about to lose my job for being over weight. (Yes they can do that, OSHA safety regulations “safe weight limit for working aloft”) I did it for myself and my family in many ways. It was worth the risk.
As far as the skin, Yes a lot of people have that done. I am hoping that being as young as I am and not too far overweight, that I will be able to work out enough to avoid this. But If I can’t then I will have it done if it is needed. I would be lying to you if I told you this was not about looking better, because some of it is, but it is mostly about getting healthy so I can be around for important events in my families lives.
I do plan on going from time to time to the support group they have set up for post-ops. And I will also attempt to visit a shrink later on as things start to change for me. It will all depend on how I feel and what is going on in my life.
And finally, sure there is a chance that I could one day regain all the weight I lost. This surgery is a tool to help me get where I want to be. I control how I do. My mother had the surgery about 15 years ago and is still doing well. She now has to fight with losing 10 pounds instead of trying to lose 50+ pounds.
Jane D’oh: (love the name) Thanks for the welcome. As far as the time frame for mine, I was lucky and unusual. With the problem at work, they sped me through. From the time I decided to have the surgery to the time of recovery, I think it was about 45 days =/- 5.
My Dr. was amazing. He looks like he is in his mid 20’s which freaked my wife and mother out completely, but I was totally at ease with him. He really cared and he was the main reason that I got into surgery so fast. Hell, I didn’t even have to call the insurance company to find out if I was approved (this can sometimes be a 2-3 month ordeal), the Dr. called me 4 days after my consult visit.
No, I didn’t have to see a shrink before surgery. The doc decided I had everything in order up there and there was no need. Boy did I have him fooled . I went for my 1 week checkup 6 days ago and I was doing so well (i.e. he did such a good job) that I won’t have to go back to see him until 3 months. Then I think I have a 6-month checkup and a 1-year checkup. After that, its once a year for the rest of my life.