Yesterday morning I finally had my follow-up with the Psychiatrist. We went over the report he’s going to send over to the surgeon and he officially recommended me for surgery! I was so relieved and excited when I heard those words. I felt like the initial meeting with him went well, but I was still so nervous that for some reason he would feel I was a bad candidate for surgery. Now I just have to wait for my surgeon’s office to get the paperwork from him and they can finally submit everything to my insurance! I’m scheduled for surgery on June 26th, so hopefully that doesn’t need to get pushed back due to delays with insurance.
This morning, I did a teleconference pre-op nutrition class. It had a lot of good information, and not just nutrition, but information on what to expect from the hospital stay, what to bring to the hospital, and so forth. She also talked about preparing for surgery, such as the pre-op diet and bowel cleanse. Following surgery, I will be on liquids only for a week, which is a much shorter time than some people I’ve seen, and I’m not complaining. Then I get to move on to pureed foods. At 3-4 weeks I can move onto soft food, and finally at 6 weeks I move to solids. Each stage has its own requirements and rules and I have them all listed out. It’s going to be quite the journey. One that I’m oh-so-excited for!
This morning, I had my appointment to get medical clearance for my surgery. It went well and I am excited to say that I am now cleared, medically, for surgery!! My doctor said the surgeon gave her a tentative surgery date of June 13th. All I have left now is my psych eval next Wednesday and then submit it to insurance! I hope everything comes through in time to keep that June 13th date!
I met with my new surgeon yesterday. I loved him! He was so helpful and friendly and open. I went in so nervous that something would go wrong because I had such a horrible encounter with the last surgeon, but I couldn’t have asked for a better meeting. He addressed all my questions, even my silly ones.
He did an upper GI while I was there and was pleased with what he saw. He saw nothing that would complicate the surgery. Since I recently had a sleep study and already know I have sleep apnea, I don’t need to worry about that aspect.
My next steps are to get the psych eval and to get medical clearance from my doctor. I called my doctor and left a message for her letting her know she needs to send a letter of medical clearance for the surgery. I got a call from the psychiatrist they work with yesterday afternoon and they set me up for an appointment on May 8th. They said it’s a 2-3 hour assessment, and then I’ll come back the following week to discuss the report they’ll send to the surgeon. Then, assuming I pass the psych eval, and then send the report around the 15th or 16th, it takes about 30 days, the surgeon said, for my insurance to approve the surgery. He said we could be looking at surgery in mid- to late-June.
Things are finally moving forward, and so quickly! I’m so excited!