Gastric bypass surgery process begins


Missy Raiger of Lebanon County had gastric bypass surgery five years ago. This post and others chronicle what led her to have the surgery and her journey after. Read her previous post here.

At the informational seminar, I was told the evaluation process could take up to eight weeks. These were the longest weeks of my life. I’d go to work every day and co-workers would ask if I had heard anything. I was losing faith. I figured I was correct in that I wouldn’t qualify because my issues were not as great as some of the others I have seen and spoken to weeks prior at the seminar.

It was almost 10 weeks, and I still hadn’t heard a thing back. So I called. I was put on hold, and my heart sunk. I figured the woman I was speaking to was getting someone to explain to me why I was denied. When the next person came on the line, she greeted me with, “So when would you like to make your first appointment?” I was caught off guard. Thankfully the woman understood that I was confused and asked if I had not been accepted. When I said I didn’t know, that’s what I was waiting to find out, she then told me that she was holding my paperwork in her hand and it was marked approved. I couldn’t believe it. I was in!

After the shock wore off, I listened to what I needed to do next. I had to go in for my first meeting with the staff and start the group counseling sessions and meet with the nutritionist. And the journey began.

I did both appointments in one day to condense the need to take time off work. I will add here that during this whole process, my co-workers and my bosses were amazing. I am so thankful to have had the kind, understanding people around me that I did.

I’m going to hold off on details until hopefully next week. I have contacted Hershey to get copies of my entire records so I can have an accurate account of my numbers as I go on. Its been nearly five years, and although I am happy to say I am still quite healthy, at times, I feel like I’m losing my mind. Remembering what I did yesterday is a challenge much less the chronology of my weight loss five years ago.

Again, here is the link to where you can get information on starting the process to surgical weight loss, if you are interested.

I will say it is a lot easier now to find the information than it was when I was looking. I suggest reading everything and anything you can on all the types of this surgery. I’m including a few links here that I found interesting even now after I had the surgery. So much has changed, it is no longer a “bypass” surgery that is common (see No. 4 below.) It’s amazing how far things have come in five years.

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastric_bypass_surgery
2. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007199.htm
3. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gastric-bypass/MY00825
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeve_gastrectomy


Follow Missy Raiger’s journey
Life before bariatric surgery
Thousands of dollars spent on fad diets, weight loss gimmicks
The big decision to have gastric bypass surgery

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