3.18.2010

Surgery Q & A



Noelle asked a few questions about my Weight Loss Surgery after my Surgiversary post.
I want to answer them here in case anyone else is interested in the answers as well.

1) My friend had this surgery several years ago and she has experienced some side effects, such as vitamin deficiency. She takes lots of supplements for that but one side effect there is no supplement for is...gas. Terrible, obnoxious, stinky gas. You don't have any problems with that?

I haven't yet had any issues with vitamin deficiency. The only time I have trouble with gas is if I eat something I shouldn't, like greasy food or very rich, fatty foods. It's very few and far between because I limit those foods. When I do have problems, I take chewable Gas-X and it goes away. I have heard of people having a lot harder time with gas, though, so maybe I'm just lucky, but I do have to wonder since you mentioned vitamin deficiency also, if your friend is eating properly. That's so important!

2) How much did you weigh at your largest?

253 pounds. I've lost a total of 120. I am 5'2".

3) Did your insurance cover your procedure?

Yes, completely.

4) Did you have to have plastic surgery to remove excess skin?

I have not had any plastic surgery. I do have some excess skin, but not enough that it's problematic. If I had surgery for that it would be purely cosmetic, and that's not something I'm willing to do at this point. For me personally, I don't want to take the risk of surgery for anything cosmetic. I can't say I won't ever change my mind, but I doubt it.

I'd love to have something like this done but there is no way I can afford it. However, if my insurance covered it...that might be a different story. Also, not sure if I could live with myself if I had gas like that.

It's worth checking into; more and more insurance companies are covering it. It's much safer than it was years ago, and much more successful. Losing weight helps prevent many serious diseases and insurance companies are realizing how beneficial it is.



I greatly appreciate how sweet & supportive you all have been when I have posted about this! Thank you so much for your compliments.
Two of my good friends have had this surgery since I had mine; my very best friend in the world, Danielle, just had hers last month. The first few weeks are the hardest time, but she's doing well and I'm so happy for her. My other friend is almost at her goal weight and is doing wonderful!
I was fortunate to have two good friends who are ICU nurses and had the surgery before I did. They patiently answered my questions and gave me tons of advice. They were my mentors and I'm not sure I could've/would've done it without them. Even two years out I still go to them with questions occasionally. So if I can help someone else the way they helped me, I am all for it! My email is always open if anyone wants to talk to me about this.

13 comments:

April said...

You have come such a long way...CONGRATULATIONS on all of your success! I really wish that's something my brother-in-law would consider. He's very overweight, diabetic, and had quintuple bypass surgery at the age of 40...he turns 49 on Sat. He simply doesn't take care of his health. However, with all of his health problems, I'm not sure he'd be a candidate for the surgery, anyway. It's just sad to me.

Mama Wheaton said...

I'll have to look into my insurance and see if it covers this.

LceeL said...

Go you!!! I think it's so great of you to be this open and honest about something that many people would never talk about. Not that there's anything WRONG - but so many people have such issue with themselves, they never talk about anything they consider too personal.

Well done you.

Ramblin' Red said...

Congrats and blessings of health for the rest of your life!

Aunt of 14 said...

How long did it take from your initial consult appointment to the day of the actual surgery? I'm wondering how long it takes to get from point a to point b. And yes, I am considering a similar surgery...

shortmama said...

I think its awesome that you have come so far!

Tara R. said...

My niece had this surgery about a year ago. Her transformation has been incredible. Not just her physical appearance, but her self-confidence and demeanor has improved greatly.

I congratulate both of you for making this difficult decision, and the success you've achieved.

Kelly L said...

Great post - very interest.

Love,
Kelly

KK said...

Good for you for opening up to encourage others.

Noelle said...

Me again...with one more nosey question.

Did you choose surgical stapling or the lap band? Why did you choose one over the other?

dude said...

i've known Cyndy since...well for a long time. the change in her has been palpable, so much more than physical, although she looks years younger :)
i'm so happy for her every time i see her pretty little picture.

Mrs4444 said...

I didn't realize your insurance paid for it; it makes sense that they would, but you know insurance companies... Again, really happy for you! :)

Ness said...

Are there any medical conditions that would disqualify you from the surgery? Like I have elevated BP, thyroid cancer 4 years ago, I'm almost 56, take thyroid replacement. If I do this while Michael is deployed it would keep my mind off of that. I am 250 lb and 5 feet 2 inches and no diets work for me because my metabolism is screwed up because of the thyroidectomy.