For those of you out there considering weight loss surgery, or starting the process, don’t let the long list of testing discourage you. I’ll tell you right now, it IS a lot, but it’s WORTH IT!
I remember my first appointment with the surgeon was a group meeting, and I was totally unprepared for just how much was involved to get ready for surgery. First stop was a pulmonary eval for a lung function test. Next, an evaluation with a psychiatrist to make sure I was emotionally ready to take such a big step. This was followed by two nutrition classes, and two support group meetings. Then I had my cardiologist appointment, and I hit a bit of a snag.
Because of my weight, (and one of the many reasons I needed the surgery) my triglycerides were off the charts, like 2,100. Because of this, my surgery had to be postponed for a couple of months while they waited for medicating to bring them down to safe levels. In addition, I had to have a nuclear stress test and echo cardiogram to make sure my heart wasn’t damaged from the high triglycerides.
A week or so before the surgery, I went to the hospital for a chest x-ray and some blood work. One final check-in with the surgeon, and I was all set. It seemed to take forever to get all that testing done, and in actuality it was about 5 months. My first appt. was in February 2006 and my surgery date was July 6, 2006.
Just remember, all the testing is absolutely necessary for your safety on the operating table, and having a brand new healthy life on the other side is priceless!