Being Diabetic gives me some extra things to worry about without & with surgery. I want to help other type 1 diabetic's who are needing info about this surgery.... So I will talk a lot about Diabetic stuff, just ignore it if you're not diabetic.
I am very limited as to site placement for my insulin pump. My pregnancy's left me with very damaged, loose, crepy skin & what Dr's call a "Pannis". (Hate hate hate that word!) So site placement is almost non existent on my abdomen. As a life long diabetic I know that you can put sites a few other places, but absorption is no where near as good as it is in the abs. (That is at least how I have experienced it and all the info I have read tells it)
So I talked it out with my Endo. and we agreed that it would be medically necessary for me to have the extra damaged skin removed for improved site placement and insulin absorption. So I had a consult and booked my surgery for June when both myself and my husband could take vacations together.
I will be payed for the procedure at my pre-op and will be filing a claim to insurance after surgery because my Dr doesn't do any insurance. I only want to get the skin removal, hospital, and anesthesia fees reimbursed by my insurance if I can. I and my Endo. feel that those are medically necessary and will greatly improve my insulin absorption, glucose control & A1C.
So I am now about 2 weeks from my surgery date, impatient & excited :) I am not a patient person, so all this waiting is causing me to fidget something awefull!! I scheduled all this back in March. I envy the ladies out there that went in and booked an appt for 2 weeks later, that must be soooo nice! At the same time I think this decision needs a little "sink in" time too.
Goals for this procedure:
1- Loose disgusting skin gone
2- Site placement!!!!!!
3- Hopefully better absorption = need a lot less insulin
4- Less insulin = less weight
5- FINALLY be able to see some results from working out
6- Just feel comfortable in my own skin again :)