So I'm new to the forum and just wanted to introduce myself and ask a couple questions.
I'm not very good with introductions so keep it basic. My name is David and I'm married with 3 children. My weight has affected everything in my life down to playing with my kids. I travel a lot for work. My territory covers 140,000 square miles in 5 states. Lots of eating on the run, fast food, etc.
My weight gain began in 2013. I injured my back and since then have put on over 100 pounds bringing my weight to 366 pounds. The weight has exacerbated the back injury to the point where I'm going to a pain clinic and taking 100 10mg hydrocodone per month. Not very much fun... I've decided to move down the path of weight loss surgery to improve my lifestyle and health. I want to see my grandchildren. I want to be able to go out and play catch with my son. I want to live. What I'm doing right now isn't living. I'm existing right now... It's hard.
So I just started the process with the Bariatric Medicine Institute of Utah. Dr. Cottam is my surgeon. I just had my initial consult and came out with some questions. I went in wanting to get the process started on a VGS. The surgeon recommended a DS due to my BMI being right at the 50% mark. He said a VGS might work but I would have better long term results with a DS.
1. Duodenal Switch - Isn't this the most aggressive bariatric surgery out there? Can't these have very harmful long term affects like calcium deficiencies, etc. Doesn't sound like something I need, especially when my insurance covers revisions.
2. Expected weight loss with the vertical gastric sleeve. What kind of weight loss do people usually see on this. Does it stay off long term? What kind of vitamins and absorption issues comes with this?
3. If the surgeon is recommending the DS, is he just trying to make sure his success rate stays up? I know there are politics in the bariatric world and don't want my surgeon to see me as a statistic. Should I find a different surgeon because of this or stick with him and just do the sleeve.
Ill probably have more questions as time goes but right now I have hoops to jump through for Cigna to approve the weight loss surgery. Darn insurance companies...