I surrendered to the idea of going for surgery in December 2015. I contacted Dr. Atwa’s office, calling them every week for over a month, trying to get an appointment. Unfortunately, his office insisted that they needed to have authorization from my insurance company before they would see me. After a month, I looked for another bariatric surgeon.
I found South Shore Surgical Specialist, and have been assigned to Dr. Bridge. The prerequisite to a consult was to attend their seminar with Dr. Cusasatti, who explained the three types of surgeries that they do 1) Adjustable Gastric Band, 2) Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and 3) Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy.
I was surprised that “dumping syndrome” is considered a benefit, as it’s actually one of the reasons I want the surgery. I haven’t been successful at eating in a healthy way and maintaining a healthy weight, left to my own devices. And, like Dr. Phil says,”How’s that workin’ for ya?”, I only have to look in the mirror to see the answer.
So, now that I’ve attended the seminar, all I have to do is have (in no particular order):
- Psych eval, to confirm that I have reasonable expectations and am fully aware that I’ll have to eat like a gerbil or I risk becoming ill or worse yet, failing at losing weight after undergoing major surgery and several days of painful recuperation.
- Primary care doctor write a letter detailing that even though I’m a chronic loser, I get up again (i.e. yo-yo weight loss & gain).
- Pulmonary consult.
- Gastroenterology consult, to verify that I have the stomach for the surgery.
- Cardiology consult, to validate that my heart’s in it.
- Nutritionist consult, to feed me knowledge about eating.
- Bariatric Support Groups, at least 3 meetings.
- Blood tests, chest x-ray, venous sonogram, and whatever else the doctor orders.
- Oh and of course, visits with the Bariatric Surgeon.
Then, my insurance will be contacted for prior authorization and with their blessing, surgery can be scheduled!!!
It took me a few hours, the day after President’s Day, but I was able to schedule all the consults by March 7. And so, the journey begins.