Well, let's see I have had my psyche evaluation. That went well. I am now taking Paxil for anxiety. It should help with the nervousness about the surgery. I have had my nutritional evaluation. It was a complete waste of time… I seriously think if someone is going to talk to people, who like me are trying to have this surgery, they should have to understand what exactly this surgery is and what nutrition someone will need… but that will be a whole different blog. Ok, now for the big news. I met with the doctor today… and (drum roll please) I think he is wonderful. Dr. Naaman is soft spoken. Very firm handshake… he answered all my questions. He explained exactly how the procedure will go and how long I will be in the hospital. Here is some background information on Dr. Naaman
Over the past fourteen years, general surgery has
made tremendous advances due to development
of the Laparoscope. The laparoscope provides surgeons
with a magnified operating field, and reduces the
patient's pain, recovery time, scars and hospital stay.
Some of the laparoscopic procedures can be performed
on an outpatient basis, in which patient's may go home
the very same day.
Dr. Naaman has been one of the surgeons who have been
involved in the development of new laparoscopic
equipment. Surgeries that are performed laparoscopically
include: Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Roux-En-Y,
Laparoscopic Reversal of Gastric bypass, Laparoscopic
Adjustable Band, Open Gastric Bypass, Open Duodenal Swicth, Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
(Gallbladder), Laparoscopic appendectomy, Laparoscopic
inguinal hernia repair, Laparoscopic Incisional hernia, and
Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia, Laparoscopic Nissen
fundoplication, Bilateral Endoscopic sympathectomy (BETS)
for hyperhydrosis, Laparoscopic Colon resections and Right
Thoracoscopic Vagotomy for non healing gastric ulcers.
Dr. Naaman has performed well over 8,000 laparoscopic
surgeries since 1990. He has also performed about 1200
Bariatric procedures since 1995.
Dr. Naaman also performs traditional open surgery. This includes; Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder), Appendectomy, Incisional hernia repairs, Ventral hernia repairs, and Inguinal hernia repairs. Gastric bypass Roux-En-Y, Reversal of Gastric bypass Roux-En-Y, Revision of previous Bariatric procedures, Revisions of existing Gastric bypass, Duodenal Switch (Bilopancreatic diversion), Colon resections, hemorrhoid repair using a staple procedure (decreases post-operative pain), and thoracic procedures.
Dr. Naaman also performs breast surgery using state of the art imaging machines. Stereotactic biopsy is a surgical procedure that can get an accurate biopsy of a mass (even if it can not be felt during a breast exam) using a special needle and computerized imaging machine. If needed a modified radical mastectomies and breast lumpectomy can also be performed. Nuclear medicine advances has led to the Sentinel lymph node biopsies and resection of parathyroid adenomas. Some breast biopsies can be performed in the office using a specialized needle with some local anesthesic.
Now for the biggest news:
My mom went with me today… and she is behind me 100%. We had a great talk about it this afternoon. And when my dad got home from work, I spent a good hour talking about my having this surgery and why I was doing it. He wanted to make sure I was doing this for myself… and I am. I truly am. I have some reasons I have shared and some have been private. I talked about all of those things with my mom and dad tonight. It felt so good to know that my parents are behind me on this and will support me fully. For a while there I really thought they didn't support me in this. But actually they wanted more information, they wanted to make sure I was doing this for myself, they wanted to make sure I wouldn't change my mind.
So, my friends who are taking this journey with me by reading these blogs, it is full steam ahead!!! They will be presenting everything to insurance tomorrow and apparently I don't just have good insurance I have GREAT insurance. So, when I know something all of you will know something.