I’ve struggled with my weight all my life, ever since childhood. I don’t believe I have ever been a normal weight for an adult, and only briefly as a child. I’ve gotten close with several different diets. I’ve tried Medifast, Slimfast, Weight Watchers, Atkins, Master Cleanser Fasting, Fit for Life (food combining), Herbalife, and I’m sure there are more I can’t think of right now. Each time I’d have some success and then it would slowly start to pack back on and I’d end up heavier than I started. It’s the perpetual, and escalating yo-yo diet. However, a few months ago I saw a commercial that would change the direction I would take my health.
The commercial was for the LapBand. The commercial talked about pluses and minuses compared to other weight loss surgeries. I looked into it online and thought it over for a while. I then mentioned it to my internist who said that her patients have had great results with it. I attended a seminar and decided to move forward.
Here’s how the process looked…
Meeting with the Patient Advocate
Full day evaluation appointment
- * Medical evaluation with an Internal Medicine physician
- * Psychological consultation with a psychologist
- * Nutritional consultation with a dietitian
- * Meeting with the surgeon
3 months monitored weight loss
3 more dietary appointments
- * Signing releases
- * Obtaining information about hospital stay
- * Receiving liquid diet for week before surgery
- * Meeting with the surgeon one last time
This all occurred over a period of 4 months.
Surgery is tomorrow, 6/27.
UPDATE: Surgery went very well.
Oh, and here’s a diagram of what it looks like, if anyone was curious.