My family and I just recently returned to the states from a 3 yr. tour in England where I had my WLS. I was suppose to have it done at the base hospital, but didn't (long story). I ended up getting referred to a british surgeon who was about 3 hrs. or so from RAF Lakenheath (our base). He did a wonderful job and I only had one complication about 3 or 4 weeks post-op (I had severe nausea which caused me to get dehydrated and really ill being re-hospitalized for 3 days.......SO DO make sure when you're discharged, you have meds for nausea!!!). Anyway, like Pookie said, the docs do have to be certified to be able to do this procedure at a MTF, so I'm assuming this applies to the doc you saw. I have, however, had 3 other surgeries done at military hospitals (1 c-section, gall bladder removal, hernia repair/TT), and I'm still here - wheee!! True, military docs can be quacks, but this could be true anywhere else, too. Just take a deep breath, say a big prayer and have your surgery if you feel it's right for you. Wishing you a safe surgery and speedy recovery!! God Bless...
Open RNY: Nov. 13, 2002
Lord, give us the strength to do what we cannot do without you