- Attend a seminar. The seminar was hosted by one of the surgeons from my doctors office and information about Lap Band, Gastric Bypass, and a new practice the gastric bypass sleeve. My husband who was very nervous about the entire thing went with me for support and also so he too would be informed. I was not only person with a loved one there for support and I highly recommend bringing someone with you. There was a group of 3 friends there together all wanting to improve their life, I thought that was neat.
- I had to obtain a referral from my PCP, this was quick and easy.
- Next came my surgery consultation with my surgeon and his nurse. My BMI was given to me than and they did say I qualified for Lap Band.
- My Surgeon’s office had a list of assignments for me to complete
- Meet with their Dietitian 3 times
- Attend 3 support group meetings
- Have a psych evaluation (I had visions of ink blots shaped like burgers and sundaes, it was nothing like they that)
- Meet with their trainer 2 times before surgery and once after
- No smoking (I do not smoke so this was easy, but they did do test to check on those that do smoke and make sure they hadn’t)
- Could not gain more than 5 pounds from initial visit until surgery
- I was lucky and my insurance Anthem BC/BS did not require a 6 month monitored diet… they based approval on my weight, medical history, and PCP/Surgeons recommendation.
- A week prior to the surgery blood work was taken and checked
- I did not have to do a pre-op diet, I only had to eat light the day before surgery.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
My Surgery To Do List… Better late than never
It seems I haven’t been a very informative blogger for those who may be doing research. I gained lots of info from others blogs and still do so I want to make sure I give back to the Lap Band community. Below I will list the steps I had to take in order to have Lap Band Surgery. Let me tell you I have lost 17 pounds to date and would do it all over, and over again.