Hi, well get yourself ready for the wildest ride of your life. This was one of the BEST decisions I have ever made. Use the time until Tuesday to write down ALL of your questions and concerns for the doctor. Have a list of any and all medications you presently take, with the dosages. Also, a list of all your other doctors, internist, ob-gyn, etc, addresses and phone numbers.
I was 50 when I had RNY, I met my doctor's goal for me of 120 lbs lost at 11 months out. I've continued to lose another small amount since. I exercise daily, power walking, stationary bike, circuit weight training, dance class and cardio kick boxing. One can do far better if they get into a good exercise routine, the earlier the better.
Deciding which surgery really threw me. It greatly depends on your medical status and then some insurance companies will pnly pay for one and not the other. I have a great gastroenterologist and quizzed her about my options. Another friend, a cardiologist offered his opinion and then I thoroughly questioned my chosen surgeon. They all gave me the same answer, independantly. If one's BMI is over 40 and they are a snacker rather than a 3 meal/day person, then the RNY is a better choice. Under 40 and a 3 meal/day person, then maybe a band is the choice. This is not written in stone and all options must be considered based on the person, their health, the doctor and the insurance co. More weight will be lost (on average) with RNY but while both surgeries have the restrictive feature, RNY is also mal-absorptive. Following a strict food plan with multiple supplements is absolute with RNY. One must be pledged to follow all the rules. While in the beginning it seemed confusing, it is just the way I do things now. My mind set is completely RNY.
Coupled with my exercise and intake protocol, I am a success. In the winter I will have plastic surgery to remove some excess skin at my stomach and hips, a lower body lift. I am not familiar with you surgeon. Hope your appoitment goes well, remember to WRITE down all your questions, start a WLS notebook. Reading it afterwards might be interesting!