I went with my BFF to a local medical center, a satellite of the nearby hospital, I think. The surgeons were also affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital, a great Boston hospital.
There were all kinds of people here, all ages and weight ranges. Some had brought someone for support.
We heard from surgeons and nurses and dieticians.
They explained the WLS options, and their pros and cons.
There were many hospital options, and insurance could be either a great help or a huge obstacle. I was lucky with mine.
They also talked a bit about what to expect after surgery, what we would had to give up, how our lives would improve. They concentrated on non-scale issues. Yes, we could lose a ton of weight, removing a huge cause of distress in our lives, but we could also improve our health, and live longer lives. Weight loss surgery, and weight loss, could most probably reduce the need for medications for type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and could help with sleep apnea and joint ailments. Of course most of us know that there are so many health issues related to excess weight. But we were shocked to hear that a large percentage of type 2 diabetes patients were taken off their meds before leaving the hospital after WLS.
Some people left after the session, undecided. Surgery is a big step. It's surgery! It's a band, or having parts removed! Many people, myself included, felt really hopeful for the first time in a long time.
There was an older woman there, complaining loudly that she had wasted her time. She left in a huff, riding her scooter away. There was no way she was going to give up soda!
I resolved to remain open minded and to do a lot of research. I knew people who'd done this; I'd talk to them, and I'd do some research online. This sessions was just the beginning!