Elective surgery in your hospital?

  1. Hi everyone. My health insurance just began to cover gastric bypass surgery and I am strongly considering it. The problem is that I live in a pretty small city and the insurance doesn't cover the surgery "out-of-network", which means I would have to have the procudure done at the hospital I work at (on the floor I want to work on in the future!) I am a pretty private person, and this makes me a bit uneasy. Anyone have any experience or advice?

    Thanks!
    LPN2BE2005
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  3. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from LPN2be2005
    Hi everyone. My health insurance just began to cover gastric bypass surgery and I am strongly considering it. The problem is that I live in a pretty small city and the insurance doesn't cover the surgery "out-of-network", which means I would have to have the procudure done at the hospital I work at (on the floor I want to work on in the future!) I am a pretty private person, and this makes me a bit uneasy. Anyone have any experience or advice?

    Thanks!
    LPN2BE2005
    I had my nose fixed (brother-in-law boo boo, yes, it really was a boo boo) at my hospital back in the day. It was no problem at all.
    Lots of visitors, candy, flowers, food. I knew the resident who did my admission work up really well and he said they were drawing cards to see who was going to get me. LOL Basically, it was a pretty good party for all of us even though I couldn't see (glasses couldn't sit on my nose), had to be st cathed post op (always have some kind of problem with anesthesia,LOL).
    Those were the days when you were admitted the evening before OR and stayed for a couple of days (even just to get your nose rebuilt) post-op. That's probably about as long as your stay will be these days for a gastric by-pass.
    Enjoy it! The surgery will make a new person out of ya and you'll be so glad you did. Wish I had the insurance to pay for it. If I'm overweight enough. Used to be you had to be 100 pounds over.
  4. by   LPN2be2005
    Thanks! I think it will be worth it, I'm just a little nervous(well, I am nervous about alot of aspects of the surgery, but having it at "my" hospital is kind of weird. Guess that should be the last of my worries!)

    Angie
  5. by   LPN2be2005
    Anyone else have experience with this surgery or having surery in your hospital?
    I'd love to hear what anyone has to say!

    Angie
  6. by   traumaRUs
    We do many at the hospital where I work - please ensure you have a very reputable and experienced MD doing the procedure. Get counseling BEFORE surgery so that you know what to expect afterwards. Be realistic in your goals - its not going to change your life or the person you are inside - it will change the outside. Good luck..judi
  7. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from traumaRUs
    We do many at the hospital where I work - please ensure you have a very reputable and experienced MD doing the procedure. Get counseling BEFORE surgery so that you know what to expect afterwards. Be realistic in your goals - its not going to change your life or the person you are inside - it will change the outside. Good luck..judi
    Only those of us who are large and used to be small and those of us small and used to be large can understand how much size matters. People, good people say it's what's on the inside and it is. But, in the general population thin is in fat is out plane and simple.
    Loosing the excess pounds will change your life a lot!
    I would encourage couseling before also. When i was working med-surg I remember a woman who came in....had the surgery and the next evening was back in the OR so they could retrieve a huge sandwhich from her abdominal cavity. Blew the stomach wide open! I remember another woman who came in, went home and then returned 7 or so months later so her husband could have the surgery. (They were from out of town). Anyway, I was pushing the med cart down the hall and as i came closer to this lady I said "good afternoon" and "excuse me".
    She said, "you don't recognize me do you Diane?"
    "No, I'm sorry, I don't" and she then told me who she was!
    I was so happy for her! She looked great, felt great and wsa very thankful to everybody for helping her life change so much.

    Good Luck, but remember, you will have to drastically change your eating habits.
  8. by   LPN2be2005
    I have been researching GBS for about a year. I know that it is risky and that in the end, I still have to make the changes. The surgery will be a very powerful tool in my weight loss, but I still have to work at it! I do appreciate the advice and encouragment. I am very excited about this possibility. I just hope that I will be approved by my insurance company. Although I qualify by the amount of weight I need to lose, my weight loss attempts have not been MD supervised. I guess I will just have to "weight" and see. hehehe


    Thanks again!
    Angie
  9. by   zenman
    "Why" are you overweight?
  10. by   LPN2be2005
    Why am I overweight? Well, I have been overweight all of my life. Not sure when exactly my issues began, but I didn't even realize it was a problem until highschool. I began my attempts to lose weight when I was around 18 years old. It is a struggle for me now just not at gain weight. My main issue is portion control, because I usually make pretty good food choices(not always, but I try). I think the surgery will help me control my portions and lose weight, which will in turn make it easier to exercise. I realize that "maybe" I could be this without the surgery, but I have yet to do so (after trying just about everything). This surgery has worked for MANY people like me and I am will to try anything at this point.

    I am very ready for this change. This is hard to explain and I am sure it is difficult to understand for someone who has not had a problem with their weight...

    Angie
  11. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from LPN2be2005
    Why am I overweight? Well, I have been overweight all of my life. Not sure when exactly my issues began, but I didn't even realize it was a problem until highschool. I began my attempts to lose weight when I was around 18 years old. It is a struggle for me now just not at gain weight. My main issue is portion control, because I usually make pretty good food choices(not always, but I try). I think the surgery will help me control my portions and lose weight, which will in turn make it easier to exercise. I realize that "maybe" I could be this without the surgery, but I have yet to do so (after trying just about everything). This surgery has worked for MANY people like me and I am will to try anything at this point.

    I am very ready for this change. This is hard to explain and I am sure it is difficult to understand for someone who has not had a problem with their weight...

    Angie
    The surgery will force you to relearn portion sizes. Of course there is the case that I described in an earlier post but I do not believe you are similar to her.
    The surgery will start you off eating just like a baby and you will gradually be permitted to add foods (just like you did at your moms hand - oh, no insult to mom there) until you stop at the portions/frequncy that is right for you.
    Yes, everybody, I know you do not add food exactly like we do for the kids but the similarities are enough that it is an easy to understand comparative.
  12. by   hypnotic_nurse
    Quote from LPN2be2005
    I am very ready for this change. This is hard to explain and I am sure it is difficult to understand for someone who has not had a problem with their weight...

    Angie
    A very good friend of mine tried everything -- I do mean everything -- to lose weight. Exercise. Eating less. Eating a balanced diet. Nothing worked. He rode his bike 100 miles a week, worked out at the gym, played racketball several times a week and still weighed over 350 lbs (when he did the MS ride in Denver, with all those hills, the sponsors were so concerned he'd drop dead that someone rode with him for the entire 80 miles, up and down all those hills).

    In his life he's managed to quit drinking (20 years sobriety), quit smoking (15 years smoke free), but no matter what he did, he couldn't lose the weight.

    He had gastric bypass surgery 5 years ago. While he still isn't what I'd call svelte, at 240 he's much, much smaller than he was, and much happier. He did have a problem with infection afterwards, and tried to tough it out which made it worse. He had to be reopened to deal with that. The doc also put some kind of net in there to hold in his gut because his abdominal muscles were so weak; at one point almost a year later that came undone and had to be redone (which meant the 3rd time he had to be reopened).

    He's also had a problem with getting enough iron because he finds he can no longer eat meat; his stomach now just won't take it. Before he realized what the problem was his hemoglobin got down to 7.1. Now he takes iron pills and that is no longer a problem.

    All this said, however, he wouldn't go back to being big for the world; he says it's all worth it. And he loves feeling "tiny" now.

    I wish you the BEST of luck!
  13. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from LPN2be2005
    I guess I will just have to "weight" and see. hehehe


    Thanks again!
    Angie


    Hehehe, clever pun.

    All the best to you, Angie!
  14. by   zenman
    Posted by LPN2be2005: Why am I overweight? Well, I have been overweight all of my life. Not sure when exactly my issues began, but I didn't even realize it was a problem until highschool.
    Why do you have this problem?

    My main issue is portion control...
    Why is that?

    I think the surgery will help me control my portions and lose weight...
    Why are you putting yourself into a situation where you really don't have control? You will either eat small portions or suffer!

    which will in turn make it easier to exercise.
    "Easier to exercise!" What's wrong with this picture? I'm not going to be easy on you...with your permission of course!

    I am very ready for this change.
    Are you really?

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