Although my profile says I'm a member since 2/13/07, I've been reading the OH Rhode Island forum posts since summer 2006. I heard about the Lap-Band procedure about 5 years ago. At the time circumstances, life and death got in the way. Since that time I've been learning all I could about the procedure, while still trying to lose the weight on my own. Well...now the time is right, if I can get my insurance carrier to cooperate! My 1st appt. with Dr. Roye was Nov. 20, 2006; after countless calls to UHC, and re-faxing of information, I found out on 1/31/07 that they would deny approval for the Lap-Band. My policy has no exclusions for WLS, only that it be medically necessary, and done by an in network provider. I checked and double checked this before I even made the appt. with Dr.Roye.
Thankfully, I was able to change my insurance carrier and got almost instant approval. Submitted 2/27/07--approved 3/1/07-- testing completed 4/7/07-- pre-op appt. 5/14/07--surgery date 5/30/07!!
11/17/08 Got married!!!!
Jan '09 --> Sept '12 fills and un-fills, major reflux, symptoms of slip, Sept '12 major slip. Sometimes the tool is just not the right one for long term success no matter how hard you try to make it work!
May 2013 -- band removed--revision to RNY unable, damage/inflamation from slipping band.
May 2016 -- After much soul searching, I'm ready to try for RNY again!! Here we go thru all the hoops again :D
August 2016 -- Finally a date for surgery 9/8/16 ... The 1st day of the rest of my life!!!