So, I just got home from having my initial visit with the surgeon for the bariatric surgery. I have to admit, I was quite nervous, but excited.
I was a little put off that the doctor was 15 minutes late to the appointment when I had showed up a half hour early for it — like they asked. Aside from that though, the visit went well. Here’s a breakdown of what happened,
- The nurse weighed me and took my blood pressure
- The surgeon came in and gave me an overview about what we would be talking about during the visit (my medical history, family history, my goals, and interested surgeries)
- After discussing my history and family history we discussed the surgery I was interested in — sleeve gastrectomy. The surgeon was very thorough in explaining the surgery and the side effects.
- Sleeve gastrectomies essentially turn your stomach into a tube like sleeve, minimizing the size of your stomach’s intake (makes you feel full faster). It’s in between a lap band and bypass, in the sense of it’s results - bypass will give me bigger results in a shorter amount of time, whereas the band would take longer and I wouldn’t get the maximum result.
- At the end of the visit, the surgeon expressed that I was a good candidate for the surgery. YAY!
- I scheduled a follow-up visit with him in 6 weeks to see where I am in the process of evaluations.
- Then I went down to the lab and had blood drawn — and I have to say, the nurse was AWESOME at taking my blood. I didn’t even feel the needle going in!!
Overall, I’m feeling pretty good. My goal is to schedule the surgery in the summer. Let’s see how it goes…
(I’ve added a page that explains the sleeve gastrectomy more in-depth for those that are interested)
Thanks for reading,