jennie: a lot goes into the decision. in general, a person qualifies if he or she is at least 100 pounds overweight. if someone is about 80 pounds overweight and has co-morbidities like hypertension, respiratory disease, diabetes, or sleep apnea, they'll also generally qualify. it's very rare to get approved without the support of your regular doctor. some of us raised the issue with our docs, and others heard it from THEIR docs. and there are quite a few docs out there who don't believe that the surgery is good for ANY patient.
WLS is for those who have tried EVERYTHING and failed over and over and over again. it's a last resort, and not for people who have never been on a diet. the center where i had mine done actually threw out a man who weight more than 600 pounds. the reason: he had NEVER dieted, and had heard that he'd be able to eat anything he wanted and lose the weight.
soooo, from your ticker, it looks as if you're borderline, but there are other factors that go into this than just your weight.
and it also looks as if WW and you are doing well together... keep us posted! no matter which way you decide to go, the self-control and food management skills you're developing on WW are just the things we post-ops need as well...
Start your day with a smile, and get it over with.
Keeping it off is a hundred decisions a day that help you maintain what you achieved. And that's the hard part. - L Sanders
start: 506 [Sept 2001]
weight at gastric bypass [Jan 29, 2002]: 409
current weight: 225
weight for plastic surgery: 200
final goal: 180
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not medical advice. See your physician before taking advice found on the internet.