VSG & Me (Pre-op Info, Intial Consult) - Arizona, AZ
I had decided to look in to weight loss surgery,...
Insurance, Nutritionist visits, weigh ins, oh my....
So at the final visit we reviewed financial information with Rhonda. Then Dr DeBarros in great detail explained what my procedure would be and he even drew an illustration so I could have a better visual idea. He answered all of my questions and I had plenty. On this day it was two weeks from the scheduled surgery date; so Sarah put me on the pre-op liquid diet. I'll be honest I wasn't the best at the pre-op diet but the second week I was determined that mistakes were not an option because I did not want any complications.
During the pre-op diet I lost 13 pounds. My procedure was to be done on an outpatient basis so I used this time to get all the things I would need. I researched until I was blue in the face. I never had surgery before and I was scared, but I was ready!
Almost a year out, what's next??
I do pretty well with vitamins now; I learned my lesson. Initially I did not and started to experience numbness and tingling in my hands; I went to the md and initially she thought it was the beginnings of carpel tunnel, but a few more questions it was determined that It was more likely a vitamin deficiency. I don't take any super fancy vitamins, just normal centrum multivitamin with iron, caltrate calcium chew and a hair skin and nails vitamin; my vitamin level as are all really well. I used to buy Bariatric vitamins, but my pcp felt that they were mandatory and after checking my blood work her theory was confirmed. So I've been takeing these vitamins now for about 4 months and so far so good.
So I'm working really hard to get to goal weight as I have been researching plastics for a mommy makeover. I'll update in October check to check in with my progress and if I was able to loose the 20lbs to make goal!!
Dr. DeBarros was nothing short of amazing. Knowledgeable, compassionate, clear, honest and extremely professional. I am post-op and will share additional information as he supported and was there through the entire process from first visit to last.