I am trying to get started on this road toward lap band surgery. I work for NYC and have GHI insurance, which requires the 6 month diet... though I've been on one for longer than that, it hasn't been physician supervised so I'm trying to get that started. I am seeing a surgeon for a consult today at Beth Israel. I'm hoping everything goes relatively smoothly and that I'll be able to have the surgery quickly after the 6 month supervised diet.
I am a 28 year old male, 262 lbs, BMI 41.2, hypertension, GERD, facet arthritis in back, asthma. I think I meet all the criteria. My only concern is that I have taken steroids (prednisone) for asthma, so I hope that doesn't complicate things too much.
I'm wondering if anyone has any tips for working with this, especially anyone with experience with GHI.