on 2/6/14 4:54 pm - Montreal, Canada
They gaurantee that you will have your surgery within a year of attending the info session. I have heard many at the monthy support group who have said they have had their surgery within a year of calling to be placed on the waiting list....whichever it is, it seems to be 1-1.5 yrs in all...not too bad from 6-7yrs wait in the past.
on 2/6/14 4:51 pm - Montreal, Canada
Hi, There was no mention of having to wait any additional time or being refused because of depression or anxiety. I think you may even have the opportunity to work with psych according to your needs, you'll probably have to ask such when you meet with the psych....I will ask when I meet with them at my appt.
on 2/6/14 4:35 pm - Canada
Sorry, one more question... I was just wondering how much/if any psych follow up is REQUIRED to be accepted for surgery? I'm worried abt being refused surgery bec I have an anxiety disorder. Was there any mention ofbthat??? Thanks!
I am meeting with Olivier Court in March 2014 and then I gotta wait to hear when surgery will be after but the did say4-6 months from the time I meet the surgeon till I have surgery. Hopefulhtiswheeoilively sooner than latee....... I hope lachine still does surgery. That is where I live
on 2/6/14 3:48 pm, edited 2/6/14 4:44 pm - Montreal, Canada
Hi, I'm also in the process, awaiting for WLS at RVH, I will be meeting with the surgeon at the end of this month, and I had the group meeting this past December. There is also a WLS support group in Ville St Laurent that you may wish to attend which can also help you along your journey.
I am still in the process of learning about the various WLS's, therefore I may not be the best at answering your questions. From the meeting that I went to, I found out that you can use their services (nutritionist, psych., and md follow-up) longterm.
Everyone's experience is different, and no one can determine how your outcome will be, but knowledge is power, so take this pre-op opportunity to get as much info as you can.
You are not in this alone, feel free to reach out and ask away on this and any of the other boards
on 2/5/14 9:30 pm - Canada
I am a 31 year old woman just beginning the process of being referred to the RVH. This whole process REALLY scares me, but at the same time I want to be able to LIVE my life for the first time.
I was wondering if at any point of the intake procedure in Quebec you have to be evaluated by a psych or social worker? I am a bit worried that my history of depression would dequalify me from being approved under medicare?
How is the aftercare follow up in terms of possible complications? I have read so many horror stories of people going to the ER and not being taken seriously, but that's in the US mainly. Also, is there a follow up group with the RVH or would I have to do that privately?
Anyone else in the Montreal area who has gone through it or is anywhere along in the process would be interested in meeting up for coffee or anything? I feel very alone here, and none of my friends can relate to being youngish and almost 300 lbs, how depressed and lonely it can be.
on 2/4/14 4:17 pm
In my case for VSG at RVH. The multivitamins are not covered, but you should still get a prescription for them and keep receipts for tax refunds. For anything else you need as per your blood tests, like vitamin D or b12, ... those should be covered. The NUT is something you shoudl ask your clinic. I see the nutritionist and nurse every 3 months the first year (covered with my surgery i guess), a few extra times early on after surgery. They help progress through the food stages, give meal ideas, check on blood work, fitness recommendations, etc. I highly recommend getting one to balance out the craziness you find online and on these boards.
on 2/3/14 5:05 pm - Montreal, Canada
I an pre-op but I know that the Nutritionist can follow you longterm when you have surgery at the RVH and I believe the same goes for Sacre Coeur. As for the vitamins, I am presently on Vit D and it is covered by my employee insurance & I believe same goes if you use RAMQ, however I am not sure if either covers all forms and doses of vitamins.
on 2/3/14 2:51 pm
Crazy question, does RAMQ cover vitamins/minerals for people who have RNY/DS seeing as they are now needed to stay alive?
Also, are Nutritionalists covered (I am doubtful but curious)?
on 2/3/14 9:38 am
I finally found it at the Rockland Clinic. Apparently I needed my husband who is francophone to call. He was put straight through to the right people. But I got it and I start tomorrow. I got the Idealfast since that is what they are using.
on 1/31/14 6:49 am - Quebec, Canada
When I went for the pre-op nutrition course they told me that it was no longer Optifast but Idealfast that you had to take? I'm three weeks into the 6 week liquid diet and I've been getting it at the Rockland MD clinic for $196.00 per two-week supply. Taste is not bad, equivalent to a McDonalds shake, but I don't like sweet things to begin with so I'll be damn glad when I'm done with them.
on 1/30/14 8:40 am
your surgeons office doesnt supply? the pre-op department is likely seperate and not know what the routine is. I would call your surgeons office direct.
on 1/29/14 5:26 pm - Montreal, Canada
I know that there is a weight management clinic on Boul. St Urbain in Montreal, and I believe the cost is about $100 per week. You can find their telephone number online.