Journey to a New Me - Jackson, MS
I am 37 years old. I have two children and a...
The start of my journey:
I work at a hospital and they had a "Brown bag lunch and learn" session about bariatric surgery and options. I went to the meeting and learned a lot. Dr. Vick discussed the different procedures and what to expect with each one. I scheduled my first appointment with him after the meeting. At the first appointment he asked me a lot of questions and answered all of my questions. Dr Vicks nurse, Darla, came in to talk with us also. After Dr. Vick left she explained the process of what would happen in the process leading up the surgery date and the costs associated with the surgery because most insurance companies do not cover the cost. I also thought the same thing so I didn't check with my insurance company prior to the meeting. After my husband and I left the appointment I called the insurance company just to make sure. I am shocked to find out they do cover it! WooHoo! I immediately emailed Darla to let her know that my insurance will cover it. She has requested my previous medical records from a EGD and colonoscopy that I had previously had done. Darla is also working with Dr. Vick to submit my letter of medical necessity for the surgery. I am waiting to hear back from her. This was on Thursday the 31st of October so I am waiting to hear back from Darla. Based on the questions Dr. Vick asked me, I am a little concerned that my acid reflux may make me ineligible for the procedure. I am going to try and not worry about it right now and just wait to see what happens.
I am researching the sleeve gastrostomy. To me it just seems like the best option. Dr. Vick explained that if I did the gastric bypass and I started having stomach problems the only way they will be able to check that part of my stomach would be to open me up as the camera would not work. If I have the sleeve it would not be issue because they will remove the stomach and not just leave it in there to hang out with the rest of my organs.
I am 5 foot tall and currently at 227.
To tell or not to tell. . .