Friday, November 15, 2013
Saw a surgeon today.
He said that he won't do my hernia repair unless I lose at least 120 lbs.
He is, naturally, a bariatric surgeon, as well. He wants to do a Bilio Pancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch?
He claimed it is completely safe for old ladies such as myself, and that I won't have any problems absorbing nutrients and won't need supplements.
Everything I read about it says otherwise, which naturally means I don't trust him, now.
He also claimed that I had good enough skin turgor to not need much skin surgery afterwards. At 62! Who is he kidding? It means basically that not much is covered beyond the belly. No batwings or boob lifts. I might be able to live with that, fine, if he was honest.
His reviews online are totally mixed - either raves of praise or condemnation. He is very charismatic but that does not make a good doctor, of itself.
My PCP is pushing for that or a lapband.
If I'm finally getting somewhere on my own, though, and I'm down 35 lbs, mostly in the last six weeks, then I don't think that's too shabby. If I can do it on my own and not stall too much, then ok. We'll see. Not sure what to decide. He has some seminar next Monday. I am skeptical.