First I want to congratulate all those who are doing so well after their WLS. My husband is getting the LapBand. No date yet, but, pretty close. All he has left to do is the evaluation by the pyscologist. He went for all his tests the nurse sent him for, and although we're still awaiting the results, I do think and pray that everything is fine. To tell you the truth I'm more nervous then him. He is excited and can't wait. I on the other hand am nervous with the surgery itself. I know that LapBand in the less complicated of all WLS, but, my nerves are getting the best of me. He's hoping to get a date for the beginning of April, the 1st or 2nd week at the latest. Oh, and I forgot, I'm also praying that his ins. will cover this. We have MagnaCare from his union and this is another thing I'm worrying about. Well I'm just babbling on and on..I just wanted to contribute to this thread, that I read daily and wish everyone continued success and good luck for those who are taking the step towards a healthier life...
03-08-2005, 12:08 PM
I'm the lone bandster around these parts, so it's always nice to see someone else who's getting (or hoping to get) the band. I'm so happy I had it done. I have no regrets at all. As a matter of fact, sometimes I wonder if it's supposed to be this easy. Trust me, I do my part by exercising my butt off, but I don't really diet. I just try to get in my protein and water and whatever else will fit. I'd probably lose a lot faster if I didn't eat any sugary things and made better food choices some days, but I've been working hard to not get into "all or nothing" thinking. In the past I would go on a diet and be perfect, never, ever cheating until I hit a plateau. Then all **** would break loose and my good efforts would be for nothing. So, now I just try to eat mostly healthy things, but don't beat myself up if I have a treat.
The surgery itself was easy for me. I was in the hospital overnight and took very few pain pills when I came home. I did take it easy for about a week. One week after my surgery, I was on a plane to Arizona for a family function. Nobody could tell I'd had surgery, except that I was on a liquid diet.
Hopefully your insurance will cover the surgery. If they don't, claiming it's experimental (whatever!), appeal and then fight some more. I've heard of many folks who were able to appeal and get coverage for the band once they presented their case. There are some companies who will only cover RNY, so hopefully yours is not one of them. Check out this address to see if your insurer is listed anywhere:
Let me know if I can help you guys in any way. Just ask!