Hopefully this is the right place for this - first time poster. I'm a 5'11" 42 y/o male and around 260 now. Over the years I have attempted diet and exercise to shed some of this, to varying degrees of success, but always wound up back where I started. I have chronic pain from Degenerative Disc Disorder, arthritis, asthma, and borderline cholesterol. I finally decided I want to have surgery to get myself back to some form of health, and it turns out that Horizon BCBS NJ will cover it if I am on a MD supervised "conservative weight loss plan" (examples given in the letter included Weight Watchers). So I started WW online, went to my MD and she's going to supervise monthly so I can get the documented 6 mo of w/l plan I needed to qualify, and will get the required psych workup later.
I have myriad questions about doing this, and the website and others' posts have helped assuage my fears somewhat. However, I do want to make sure I am doing what is necessary to have the ins co cover me. Will WW online be sufficient, or do I need to go to meetings, have a case manager, etc, taking notes on me beyond my MD? Has anyone had successful experiences going through this with BCBS? I really don't want to get my hopes up and be denied at the end of all this.
Also, I've read about some of the surgical interventions - it seems the banding works best with fewest side effects. The more radical ones look pretty scary, and seem to have some pretty bad side effects. There seem to be at least 2 forms of bands. In your experience, is one the "best"? Least difficult to deal with? Sorry if this is a bit long/demanding, but I am a little anxious about the whole thing. I appreciate any help/advice you can give. Thanks.