I am currently exploring all the various types of WLS. I just received a packet of information from a local surgeon *Dr. Smoot in Havre de Grace, MD*. I will be mailing this back to him on Monday and look forward to my first appointment to talk to him.
I am currently 39 years old, and by the charts I am at about a 48% BMI. *wince*.
I have a few questions about the Lap Band WLS surgery, if anyone is able to help me I will be very grateful!
1. Anyone who has had the Lap Band have Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance? I know that they will/have covered the WNY, but do they also cover the Lap Band surgery. I am willing to have the RNY procedure done.The only thing I have concerns over with the RNY are the long term effects of the nurtrient and mineral malabsorbtion. I assume that can be varied by the amount of intestine that is bypassed, but I will talk to the surgeon about that.
2. How quickly did hte weight start coming off for you? Not that I am necessarily wanting an "instant" fix, but I am curious how the weight comes off for a Lap Band person. I have seen a lot of posting on various sites from those that have had a RNY or a variation there of.
3. What is the recovery rate following the Lap Band surgery? Time wise, I mean.
4. What is eating like for those of you who have had the Lap Band surgery?
Just a few of the basics, and whatever else you care to share I would love to hear!