I finally had lap band consult today with Dr. Paul Thodiyil at Magee-Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh. It was quite a better experience than I had expected; I had to have spent at least an hour with the doctor discussing the surgical procedure itself and he also demonstrated how the lap band appliance worked and how it would be inserted/adjusted.
He then talked about the risks and complications, which turned out to be even lower than the gastric bypass procedure, then we discussed my medical history before I signed a surgical consent form. I was also sent home with a booklet on the lap band procedure as well as a pre-op survey to fill out before my next appointment, which should be with the anesthiologist if things continue to go well We are now at the point of getting a surgery date for the procedure! I cannot wait!