I had this visit in July and this is what I wrote right after the appointment.
July 22, 2014
Went to the doctor to discuss the lapband. Wow what a process. Appt was at 10:30, I didn’t actually get taken back until well after 11. I met with the person that deals with the insurance and financial part and found out that I won’t pay more than my out of pocket allowable. Um ok great. I never actually got a straight answer regarding how much it actually costs. But if I have met my deductible, then they send the bills to my insurance and then bill me for my portion, so at least I can make payments. The one catch though with the insurance is that I have to have 5 years of medical records showing that my BMI is over 40 consistently. (I have a feeling I won’t meet that) The other is that I have to have 6 months medical supervised diet, and if my BMI falls under 40 during that time, I won’t qualify! Grrr
After the money part it was blood tests. Not fun. But my blood sugar for the last 3 years was 5.2% (not sure how they can figure that out with my blood from today) .
Next was the nutritionist. I meet with him once a month for the next 6 months. If I miss one appointment it starts all over again.
Next was the nurse and she scheduled me for my EGD, where they stick a camera down my throat to see if have any ulcers, and also scheduled me for my psych evaluation. She was telling me things like my surgery is in 2 weeks, I really hope she tells me these things again when it’s actually time to get my surgery, cuz in 6 months I’m not going to remember.
Then finally I met with the doctor for 3 minutes. He said that based on my history it looks like it will be a really straight forward procedure. On and off the table in 35-40 min then I can be released once I have drank a bottle of water and can walk around – there was one other criteria that I already forgot. He said recovery time is being off work about a week and then about 6 weeks to fully heal.
So I guess we will see how this goes. I don’t expect to qualify in January though. That would mean that I have to still weigh over 230 and by January I want to be under 200!!!!!
You will have to keep reading to find out if I was under 200 or if I was able to qualify for the surgery…..