Before one can be scheduled for surgery, there are a series of medical and psychological evaluations to undertake. You cannot have the surgery if it will likely endanger your life or you aren't mentally ready. No doctor is going to do the surgery 'just so your boyfriend won't leave you' or 'to help you snag a woman.' The pre-surgery process usually takes anywhere between 3 - 6 mos but can take much longer, depending on your specific medical history and how well you follow instructions. Since my official start on August 9, I've taken 4 of my 17 required steps. I would like to be able to schedule surgery for late January but, at the rate I'm going (verrrryyyy slowwww), I don't know if it's gonna happen then......if it happens at all. 'What do you mean, if it happens at all?!' you're probably wondering.
Well, during the orientation phase, we learned about the different WLS options available, amongst other things like healthy eating and exercising. We were also told (more than a few times) that the goal isn't to get surgery. Instead, the goal is to teach one how to take control of their health; recognize what went wrong and make choices to make things right.....without surgery. However, it is also acknowledged that, if it was just that simple, there would be no need for the orientation or the surgery. That being said, I'm hoping
In the meantime, in sticking with the plan (within the next 6 weeks), I need to schedule appointments for my Sleep Apnea evaluation review, with the Nutritionist & Dietician and my primary care doctor. Hell, I'm gonna lose 25 lbs just from the change I'll have to dish out in co-pays.........Oh My!