I had my first consult today with a surgeon. I've done so much research over the last 6 months and walking out of his office today I felt like I'd been looking at all the wrong information. I don't know if I'm ready to make this step and here, I thought I was so sure. Something about only eating 2 oz at a time, 6 times a day - for the rest of my life has me kind of freaked. What happens at Thanksgiving time? What about my birthday, will I have cake ever again? And what about all the risks and things I cannot eat afterward? Alcohol, peanut butter, potatoes, cereals, chocolate?? I'm 5'8 and 260 lbs so I'm right on the fence at a BMI of 40. I have barrettes esophagus and early on set of type 2 diabetes. I take 500mg Metforin twice daily. The surgeon said it could go either way w/ the insurance carrier - but he's had some patients who were smaller than me - had it done. Can anyone give me some insight? What were your measurements, is it possible to eat more than that? I'm so freaked at the idea of vomiting or dumping. Or stomach bleeding or the staples coming out. A part of me says, just get all the testing done and meet back w/ the DR in 4 weeks to see what he says. From what he said this AM, I'll get a tentative date and everything will be submitted to the insurance then for a yes or no. I have to call the insurance tomorrow to see what they're requirements are. It's a relatively new carrier that the DR covers and he wasn't sure of the requirements pre surgery.
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