I'm 44/female and married to Bill, I live in Everett, Washington. Four kids between us, all grown, and 2 grandchildren.
I'm 11 days post-op (7/11/03 - 313). I've used this site over the past 8 months for information and support but only since surgery have I had time to explore what all there is here. And today I have figured out how to add my own information.
Regarding pre-op.... I've been heavy forever, increasingly so with babies and age. Depression has been a characteristic of mine since my teen years. It came along with the events of my life, which is all a part of my story. I've spent much of my adult life trying to be "ok". In regards to my weight that includes all the attempts at weight loss and the shame of failure and what I thought it meant to be "fat". Only since this leg of my journey started have I honestly felt any self-acceptance about my weight. So much of my life has been spent in what I did not do because of my weight.
The possibility of surgery came into being a couple of years ago as I learned of more and more people being able to do. At the end of last year I got serious and learned about the surgery, found a surgeons name, started the process, and was approved in April/2003. My surgery was at 7/11/03 at 1:00 PM. All went very well and I was on my way home on Sunday at 1:00 PM. Post surgery I have found I really want to be in touch with others that have had WLS. Although I am very friendly and crave interaction with others I am not always much of a risk taker. This site and other WLS groups have been a lifeline for me.
Four weeks post-op, 31 pounds down! I return to work today. I feel really good, I am still somewhat fatigued. I started working out at Curves, two weeks post-op, and I am really excited to get measured again in a couple more weeks and see my progress. These next weeks will be challenging as I see how I do at integrating my new habits into by daily work life. In the past I have paid very little attention to my daily care around eating or exercising or even taking a break. I work at home so I certainly have the ability and time to be more self-nurturing. Now to put my new intentions into practice.
Hospital Reviews(Kirkland, WA) - Evergreen Hospital
Pets - A dog (yellow lab) named
Pottery - I bought a wheel at a yard sale 2 yrs ago. It is on the
Collectibles - Specific and non-specific; in other words... lots of junk
Beadwork - I've collected more beads than I have every used. So pretty.
Grandchildren - I have 2. Daniel (6) Laura (4)
Married - 6 years to Bill
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Surgeon: David Lauter M.D.
I used "Weight For Life" to pursue insurance approval and Dr. Lauter was the doctor they contracted with in this area so I did not meet him until after I was approved. He did explain the surgery and provided a booklet to read over. At a support group meeting and at this site I did hear a lot of really good things about Dr. Lauter and his associate. At our second “post op” appointment Dr. Lauter was delayed in surgery so I met with his associate initially and then with Dr. Lauter. They explained what I could expect before, during, and after surgery. Both my husband and I were happier with how this appointment went.
I have dealt with "Berlin" from his office for all other matters and she has been a pleasure. She is very knowledgeable about what I needed to do and helped me a great deal. She arranged for me to meet with a nurse at the hospital who gave me a run down on what to expect.
Dr. Lauter was very frank about the risks and about what I could do to give myself the best possible start. I think in the long run surgical competence is most important but bedside manner goes a long ways in instilling trust in that competence.
My surgery went great. I've had my two-week post-op appointment with Dr. Lauter. I had many questions for him and he covered them in great detail. I am very happy with the care I have received from Dr. Lauter.
United Health Care, POS
My employee benefits literature does state that WLS surgery is considered for treatment of morbid obesity. I did not have any diagnosed co-morbidities. UHC was timely in there response, however I had used the services of Weight For Live and it seems they lost track of my request and that did delay approval.
I don't think they stalled or required persistence. I think I confused things by going through Weight For Life and at first I was only approved for "out-of-network" benefits. Be specific with UHC on how to go about finding a surgeon. You want to make sure you have satisfied their requirements inorder to get "in-network" benefits.