Well I'm glad my information could help you Roger. Thank you for the compliment on my profile picture too! *Giggles* Although, I'm not sure what you are referring to about my success as I haven't even had surgery yet either, I'm still fighting to get it done, a process that I've been in for over a year and a half actively. I am hoping that by Christmas of this year I will be able to finally have my surgery. I have one more appointment with the dietitian next week and if all goes well, she's give me her final okay and pass my file on to the surgeon. Then I think I have one appointment with the surgeon and he'll give me my surgery date... again, that's if he agrees to do the VSG and not the RNY, otherwise, this is another dead end road for me and I'll have to start the whole process over again at another facility for the 4th time!
Anyway, have a great day and good luck with your journey! It sounds like you know what you want and your doing your research, which are two very important aspects to this journey as far as I'm concerned. Along with many other aspects of course.