Hi everyone. Wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kim, I've been active on another forum here. I have rheumatoid arthritis.
I've been thinking about the surgery for a while now. I've had good and bad personal experience with this. Unfortunatly, we had a family friend who passed away from complications. She really didn't have the proper work up, and I blame that for the results. My sister had WLS seven months ago. She's doing FANTASTIC right now, but she was very ill initially with a bad infection.
I had pretty much put it on the back burner until I went for my first visit to our new family doctor. He's the one that actually suggested it to me.
I called my insurance company to see if there was coverage provided and was told yes, if medically necessary. I got a referral to the surgeon my doctor recommended, and actually got an appointment within four weeks.
Things seem to be progressing fairly quickly for me and I'm hopeful sometime in the next few months to get this ball rolling.
I'm going to be scouring every single post in this forum over the next few days and I know I'll have a bazillion questions.
I do have one to start with.... has anyone here actually had the surgery that has rheumatoid? I'm pretty sure my rheumatologist is going to okay me, but I want to prepare myself ahead of time in case I'm facing a fight.