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I have never heard that it is being considered, but perhaps some of the people who have had VSG done in NL may have heard something at one of their appts or meetings of the support group. The band - brings with it a whole new requirement for appt for fills, unfills etc. I expect until there are more $ and doctors and people able to do the follow up care for post-op band patients - and who knows when that would be with the state our health care system is in - you won't find it being offered or covered by MCP. Having said that - it would not surprise me to see a PRIVATE service being set up and offered someday - on a self pay system of course.
The physician who does bariatric surgery at the HSC in St. John's is Dr. David Pace. Your first step is probably to get your family doctor to do a referral to him. I had my surgery 5 yrs ago in NB. Not offered here in our province at that time. Good luck to you. There is a facebook group here in NL. I am not a member. Look up Jenn Deon on Facebook - she will be GLAD to add you to the group.
Congrats on your appt and also for a very informative post. I'm sure there are many "waitiers" out there who will be happy to read this information.
I also wanted to say how happy I was to learn from you that there will be a research study done to determine the effect Bariatric surgery has on medical problems and number of doctors visits. Kudos to the research team.
Maerry Christmas to you and your date for surgery will be here before you know it!
Hi there - GREAT JOB!!!! And I do agree with you - counselors are needed. I just noticed the Bariatric Program in Thunder Bay is advertising for a Nurse Practitioner. Perhaps the St. John's program should have a NP who could fill multiple roles with the program in St. John's - counseling being one of them. Congrats to you TDR on your success!!
Hey Everyone - I found out not too long ago that there are a few "waiters" in my extended family - a niece, her son -- both have seen Dr. Pace - one has done the 2 week liquid trial - congrats to you - you know who you are! Just wanted to say again - that I'm open to any and all questions from anyone - anf of course my family members! I'm here for you - and don't forget it!