Surgery Consult and Next Steps

12 Sep

Boy, the consult was quick.  You kind of think about such a momentous decision maybe deserving a few more moments.  They took me in, took my weight which in the office was 270.1. Certainly a lot lower than it would have been if I had had an appt a couple of weeks ago, but still clocks me in with a rounded up BMI of 42, according to them. 

Met Dr. Doe, and he asked me some questions about my typical eating behaviors, and then he started talking about the pros and cons of my two favored options — Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass (RnY).  Reinforced much of what I’ve already learned about the two options. The points of note:

  • Sleeve gastrectromy is showing a similar initial weight loss trend as bypass in his practice, but doesn’t have long term results.
  • With sleeve, he says that typically patients on the lower end of the MO scale lose weight faster than patients with higher BMIs.  he didn’t say why.
  • While gastric bypass patients show an amazing reduction in appetite initially, it starts to climb back up as the stomach figures out how to restart grehlin production, however, malabsorption keeps intake in check somewhat.
  • In sleeve, because the stomach is mostly gone, while appetite suppression is not as marked initially, it stays consistent forever, because the stomach is gone and can’t produce grehlin anymore.  My question that I need to look up — is leptin produced in the stomach, too, and how is that impacted?
  • Sleeve doesn’t have the negative consequences of dumping and malabsorption, which is both good and bad.   Sleeve allows you to eat more like a normal person, just less of it, so it is easier to cheat, ultimately, but might be easier to manage in a normal busy lifestyle. 
  • Gastric bypass patients often do experience dumping, and dumping causes a definite negative consequence to keep you on the right path of staying away from sugars and fats. Gastric bypass, for some reason because of the bypass of part of the intestines, seems to have better outcomes for people with fairly entrenched diabetes. In my case, my diabetes is quite early in stages so sleeve would probably be just as reasonable.

My impression of Dr. Doe.  Nice enough, intelligent enough. Didn’t get any warm fuzzies, for sure.  He whipped through quickly with his pitch and questions and got up and started walking out to ask the admin staff about whether my insurance covers sleeve (which we learned it does) and kind of threw back over his shoulder if I had any questions.  not the ideal way to cover my questions.  Boo.  But I did ask him about his experience and mortality.  The website didn’t reference his experience.  He has done over 700 gastric bypass surgeries, 40 sleeves and about 60 bands.  What is typical? 

With the admin staff I covered next steps, and I have my first medical diet supervision appt next monday already, which is great.  We talked about my ideal timing, which would be somewhere around the 21st of December.  I know that sounds crazy, given holidays, but between forced vacation between christmas and new years, I can get a straight two weeks off and then some with minimal additional time off and need to discuss at work.  She said that my insurance is quite quick about processing the approvals, and that after my last diet supervision appt is complete around November 14th, they can submit.  She said Dr. Doe is scheduling about 3 weeks out, so its cutting it, and depending on his holiday schedule, maybe not, but there is a chance I could have it done in the timeframe I am hoping for.  Crossing fingers!

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