Some people had asked me about this and I couldn't find my way back to the post to reply so I made this post. Dr Schriver is here and doing open and laproscopic RNY...Dr Johson who did my surgery is deployed to Iraq and will be back in October. He will start doing the lap band in Jan. There is a waiting list for the WLS. 1st you make an appoint with your pcm and ask for a referal for the surgery. You will then get an appointment for a consult. If after the consult they think you are a good canidate then you go through all the regular procedures and get on the waiting list. Of course if you don't qulify they tell you and end of the road. It is a long process, it takes a few months to get in all the appointments and to do all the things prior to the surgery and then the wait can be anywhere form 6 months to a year. I was fortunate that I was able to be one of their 24 hour on call patients...this means if they have someone booked for a surgery and for some reason they can't do it....they will call you and say can you have surgery in 2 or 3 days...or in some cases 24 hours. I got a call late Monday night had surgery Thursday morning. Anyway...if you are thinking about this one of the requirments is that you attend so many wls support group meetings. these are held the 3rd thursday of the month from 4 to 6...start going now and sign in so you have one part already knocked out. If you guys have any more questions please feel free to email me.