First step in the wls process?

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Registered: 09-02-2008
First step in the wls process?
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Sun, 06-02-2013 - 11:49am

So once you decide you want to do weight loss surgery, what is the first step you take to make it happen?

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Registered: 03-06-2004
Tue, 06-04-2013 - 9:20am

Sorry for the delay in response--I couldn't get into post!

Most surgeons would tell you the first step is to go to an informational seminar-most offices hold them monthly at various locations.  My first step was to go to a surgeon in my insurance and discuss with him and find out waiting time etc--then I went to seminar with dh so he could learn of the surgeries and ask any questions. 

How long the process takes will vary based on your surgeon and your insurance--some insurances want 6 months of documented weight loss prior to surgery.  Some don't--I could have had surgery a month after my 1st apt since I didn't have that many pre op requirements. 

Alice

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Registered: 12-17-1998
Tue, 06-04-2013 - 1:47pm

Actually you did the first step, making up your mind is probably the hardest part, pre surgery.
My insurance required that my doctor and hospital be part of the Centers for Excellence. Not sure what that is, but anyway ...

I pretty much knew what was required since DH had the surgery a year before I did. Alice forgot to mention that you will be required to see a psychologist, at least my surgeon requires it. Good luck, and hopefully we can keep up with any questions you have.

 

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Registered: 09-02-2008
Wed, 06-12-2013 - 8:16am

I have made an appointment with my doctor. I don't go until the end of the month and my husband and I are fighting over it so we'll see what happens from here. He says I'm not serious enough about dieting and exercise and need to really buckle down and try that first. I'm furious at him for not seeing how hard I am trying. Did anyone else have this problem?

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Registered: 03-06-2004
Thu, 06-13-2013 - 8:57am

My husband didn't want me to have the surgery in the beginning because he was afraid of the risk of a surgery and considered this an unnecessary surgery.  But after we went to the seminar and he heard of all my increased risks for diabetes, heart disease and several kinds of cancer due to my weight he decided it was good for me to have the surgery. 

I know dh has never understood my battle with weight--I have been morbidly obese since I was a child and he until the last couple of years had never been overweight at all! But his weight didn't go up until after I had the surgery so when I was exploring the surgery he had never attempted to loose weight at all.

Alice

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Registered: 12-17-1998
Thu, 06-20-2013 - 10:30pm

Has your husband ever had a weight problem? Men tend to be able to lose weight faster and more easily than women. Ask him to go with you to the informational meeting, it will give him a better idea of why this is a good option for you.

Good luck, and I hope he sees how hard you have tried, and why you want the surgery.