Monday, October 27, 2008

Bariatric Update

Well, it looks like I may get a form of bariatric surgery. I've applied for and been accepted to a clinical trial of a new type of bariatric surgery called TOGA. It's different in that I needn't actually go under the knife. It's a non-incision surgery where they insert a device through the mouth and into the stomach and staple the stomach from WITHIN using titanium staples.

My surgery is tentatively scheduled for November 18. In the meantime, I've got about ten appointments, including psych evaluation (which took place today and seemed to go very well - I have one more appointment for MMPI testing) and a whole slew of other crap, like pre-admissions testing, an EGD (don't ask), a manometry (again, don't ask), and pulmonary functions, and well as two pre-op classes and meetings with the nutritionist.

Hope this all goes well!


Selena said...

wow. That is awesome.

Sophia Jason said...

Bariatric surgery is an ongoing journey toward weight loss through lifestyle changes. The success of the surgery will all depend only on strict adherence to the doctor’s instructions. There are some conditions in which case a weight loss surgery is not considered – if the person is clinically depressed, have eating disorder, or drinks alcohol, if he suffers from illness that leads to overweight, or from any other inflammatory disease, etc. That's why so many evaluation process is done. Here is website you can read about bariatric surgery and other related process
click here to read more on Bariatric surgery
All the best for the surgery.

Am Kshe Oref - A Stiff-Necked People said...

Thanks! In my case, at this point in my life, I'm just fat, and regular diet, no matter how well-followed, simply isn't working by itself. With the surgery, there's the push of the surgery, the support from the doctor and nutritionist and their staffs for a year (two if I'm part of the sham group that doesn't get the surgery because after the first year, I get to have the surgery for free and have another years' worth of care), and then there's bariatric support groups I can and will attend for the rest of my life.

As it stands now, my medical insurance, at least in regard to weight loss, stinks, as all medical insurances do because they follow the double standard of if you want to purchase health insurance and are obese, they deny you because you've got a "pre-existing" condition, but if you already HAVE medical insurance, they don't cover medically supervised, NON-surgical weigh loss because it's not a medical condition. It's called talking out of both sides of your mouth. And they cover only a portion of bariatric surgery, thus insuring themselves against anyone but someone rich or willing to go deeper into debt from actually getting the surgery.

Thus, the FREE clinical trial.

Thanks to both of you for the well-wishing.