I am 48 years old and have been married for 28 years. I have 2 grown daughters; one is married, and the other is a Junior in Nursing School at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. When I first began to think about the surgery a couple of years ago, I did not have the support of my family; however, since we know a few people who have had the surgery already, they are much more supportive. My surgery date isn't until July 29th, and that seems so far away, but I know it will be here before I know it. I'm a little bit nervous and apprehensive, but I also feel excitement realizing that I will be a smaller person this time next year -- the Lord willing. I really feel this procedure is an answer to prayer. I have tried many different avenues over the years to lose weight, but like a lot of other people, I lose a little and then gain it back - plus a few pounds. If anyone has any tips/ideas for me to begin before my surgery date gets here, please feel free to e-mail me.
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Surgeon: Margaret M. Inman M.D.
Dr. Inman was very upfront about everything regarding the surgical procedure and explained it in great detail. I liked her immediately and feel no apprehension about having her as my doctor. I haven't had much contact with the staff so far, but so far they have been very understanding and helpful. The only negative thing I can say is that it takes so long to actually get a surgery date scheduled. I had my initial evaluation in December 2001, and was approved the end of January 2002, but my surgery could not be put on the schedule until the end of July - so far away. I don't know a whole lot about the aftercare program yet but I'm sure I will know by the time I meet with the nutritionist in June. I feel Dr. Inman is an excellent surgeon; she was very nice during the evaluation process and explained the procedure in detail during the informational portion of the meeting. I have heard that Dr. Inman has a good bedside manner, which after this type of procedure is a great asset for her. I guess I'll find out for myself in about 5 months.
I was given the runaround regarding the psychological evaluation and which doctor they would approve. Our mental health benefits are managed by Magellan, but since the psychological evaluation is required for a medical procedure it has to be covered by my medical insurance. It was difficult to find a doctor in the CIGNA plan who would be approved in network. I finally got someone and have an appointment scheduled. My suggested recommendation with any insurance company would be to start calling with 1-2 weeks to see if they have received the paperwork from your doctor's office. If they haven't then call again the next week. I finally had to have Dr. Inman's office call and the scheduling nurse had to fax the information to them again - after that I was approved within a week!