Weight Loss Survey Responses
The following are Joy W.'s responses to the Weight Loss Survey:
- Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
- I have been a yo-yo dieter for about 15 years... losing and regaining weight on a yearly basis. It is an emotionally depressing life to lead as a severely to morbidly obese person... one that I was not willing to take anymore. I could not stand the thought of losing weight all over again, only to regain it (plus some) within a year. Bariatric surgery was the anser for me.
- What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?
- Feeling like an outcast from society.
- How did you first find out about bariatric surgery and what were your initial impressions of it?
- I learned about bariatric surgery through the media. At first I joked about it... "Well, if I can't lose this weight, there is always the Bariatric Treatment Center!" My friends and I always got a good laugh out of that. Then I started researching it more on the internet, and realized that my BMI qualified me as "morbidly obese." Suddenly the idea of bariatric surgery wasn't so funny to me... it became a very serious subject.
- Describe your experience with getting insurance approval for surgery. What advice, if any, do you have for other people in this stage?
- My experience was too easy... compared to others. I never spoke with my carrier... CORI centers took care of everything for me. It was a breeze.
- What was your first visit with your surgeon like? How can people get the most out of this meeting?
- My first visit was 2-part: 1) an informational session for about 15 patients; 2) individual consult to discuss my case. Come prepared with any questions you and/or your family may have. Bring along a spouse/friend/other family member for support and to remember anything you may have forgotten to ask.
- What made you finally decide to have the surgery?
- It was the "morbidly obese" label and seeing myself in pictures and family movies that helped me make up my mind.
- How did you decide which procedure to have?
- I researched my options and felt the most comfortable with Dr. Sapala and CORI centers because of the Sapala-Wood Micropouch procedure.