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a new me

Glasgow, KY

#1 Aug 27, 2008
considering gastric bypass. Anyone out there had it and who was your surgeon? Any regrets?
You bet

Glasgow, KY

#2 Aug 27, 2008
I am having it next summer. I am in the process of fulfilling my insurance weight loss visits now. I have several friends that have had it and have done extremely well with it. I will be doing the gastric bypass and not the lapban. I am looking into Dr. Shahan out of Louisville as my doctor. My friend used him this summer and hasn't had any problems or complications. She has lost 63 pounds since june. I can't wait. I am tired of all the medical problems that I have and doctors say they are the contributing factor to me being the weight I am.

“Formerly Random”

Since: Aug 08

Tompkinsville

#3 Aug 27, 2008
Gastric Bypass has improved over the years. It is now a less invasive (envasive?) surgery with a smaller chance for complications. I remember my Uncle getting it in the mid-90s and it was pretty scary for our family. The recovery time was difficult and painful.
The lapband is supposed to be easier, less painful and results in a shorter recovery period. But many insurance companies will not cover this surgery, as it is new and has not been studied in great depth.(Or, that's their excuse and they're sticking to it.)
I would research and discuss both options with my physician and decide what's best for you.

Either way, I wish you both the best of luck. Congratulations for making the decision to change and make the steps to live a healthier lifestyle.
I'm rooting for ya!:-)
same here

Glasgow, KY

#4 Aug 27, 2008
i am waiting now to hear back from the doctors office in louisville to find out rather my insurance has approved the surgery or not! i have thought about both the gastric and the lapband and heard from alot of diffrent people how both sometimes work and how sometimes they dont...but the one thing i have heard from everyone is that the gastric will make you loss more weight then the lapband! the problem i am not looking forward to is the hanging skin afterwards from lossing the weight so fast, but the postive thing will be that i shouldnt have as many medical problems after everything! a lady from my grandmothers church had it done and is doing great!
No regrets

Glasgow, KY

#5 Aug 27, 2008
I had gastric bypass almost 6 years ago and I have never regreted it. I feel like a different person, and the medical problems I had before are very few now. I would tell anyone, if this is your only resort do it for yourself. As for the hanging skin, you will have to exercise regularly to help with this. I wish there was a support group for this, talking to others always helps. Dr. Mark Shina in Louisville also did mine.
Lapband

Glasgow, KY

#6 Aug 27, 2008
I had it done in March of this year. I went in the hospital on Saturday and came home on Sunday. Dr. Rodriguez done mine. He does both. I just preferred the lapband but that was me. I've lost 60 pounds already and I don't regret it any. For me, it was the best thing I could ever had done. I've not had no trouble of any sort compared to the stories I've heard from other people. I can only thank God!!!
hmmmm

Glasgow, KY

#7 Aug 27, 2008
How overweight do you have to be to get the bypass? and the lapband?
a friend

Glasgow, KY

#8 Aug 27, 2008
I have a friend that had the Gastric Bypass done 2 yrs ago this Sept., Dr. Rodrigez(in Louisville), was his doctor, he has lost over 250 lbs ...and as far as I know he has no regrets.He is living life to the fullest right now,doing things he has never done and some that he hasnt done in a long time. He looks better than I have ever seen him.

If you decide to have it done , My best wishes and good luck to you, you will be in my prayers.
i want to

Glasgow, KY

#9 Aug 27, 2008
How do you get your insurance to cover it?

Since: May 08

Glasgow, KY

#10 Aug 27, 2008
I have referred several folks for bariatric surgery (bypass or banding), and have probably had the best results from Dr. Rodriguez or Dr. Shina. And you have to be at least 100 pounds overweight to qualify on most insurances.
Lapband

Glasgow, KY

#11 Aug 27, 2008
hmmmm wrote:
How overweight do you have to be to get the bypass? and the lapband?
I was told a 100 pounds over.
No Regrets

Glasgow, KY

#12 Aug 27, 2008
hmmmm wrote:
How overweight do you have to be to get the bypass? and the lapband?
When I had mine you had to be 100 pounds over weight and have health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or family history of diabetes, or heart disease. You also had to have tried other diets to lose weight and this is your last resort.
researched it

Bowling Green, KY

#13 Aug 27, 2008
A friend of mine and I went to Louisville to a lapband meeting to get information on the process and to decide whether it was for us or not. Of course, they are all about convincing you that this is better than gastric bypass, but to me, it seemed like that is in fact the case.

With lapband, if you need to have the procedure reversed (such as if you need to intake more calories due to pregnancy or get some sort of cancer and need to keep your energy up), then they are able to just go in and take it back out. Gastric bypass offers no such options. If you are a young woman who is looking into either of these options, you should really consider the repercussions such as this.

Definitely look at both procedures and consider the pros and cons of each with the help of your primary physician (not just someone who is trying to gain your business).
researched it

Bowling Green, KY

#14 Aug 27, 2008
i want to wrote:
How do you get your insurance to cover it?
Call your insurance company and ask what the requirements are. They should be willing to give you the details on what you need to do to be approved.
Shutterbug_fran

Glasgow, KY

#15 Aug 27, 2008
DrJasonCampbell wrote:
I have referred several folks for bariatric surgery (bypass or banding), and have probably had the best results from Dr. Rodriguez or Dr. Shina. And you have to be at least 100 pounds overweight to qualify on most insurances.
I am one of Dr. Campbell's referrals. He is assisting me in my weight loss appointments ( most insurance companies want to you attend 1 once a month dr's appointment to try other forms of weigh loss)

As for the lap ban, yes it can be reversed, but also if you don't have 100% positive will power it can NOT work for you as well. One of my friends had it and didn't lose the weight due to lack of will power. I will be attending my meeting with Dr. Shina in January and having my surgery hopifully the beginning of June. Being a bus driver I can take the 6 weeks off of summer break to heal get adjusted. Do all kinds of research. Talk to your doctor, maybe get a second opinion. This is a MAJOR surgery even though it's laporscopically done these days. Be knowledgiable. It's your life, health and future happiness. Thanks Jason for all your help see you in Sept.

PS Campbell Medical Group is the Best Doctor's Office in Barren County!!!!! IN my humble opinion!
I Have The Answer

Glasgow, KY

#16 Aug 28, 2008
My mom had it done about 10 years ago by a doctor in Louisville. She was very satified and she didn't have any problems what so ever. Doctor Shena i think was the doctors name.
Desperate to lose

Glasgow, KY

#17 Aug 28, 2008
What insurance companies are covering these procedure besides Medicare and Medicaid? My insurance says they do not and I'm thinking about going another route.
Shutterbug_fran

Glasgow, KY

#18 Aug 28, 2008
I have Humana insurance...as a bus driver or city/state employee that's the insurance. Some insurance companies require you have several doctor's request or suggest this procedure is a medical necessity. Keep researching it took me 5 years to get the insurance to cover mine but I have to drive a school bus not to have the good insurance.
weight looser

Sheridan, IN

#19 Aug 28, 2008
DrJasonCampbell wrote:
I have referred several folks for bariatric surgery (bypass or banding), and have probably had the best results from Dr. Rodriguez or Dr. Shina. And you have to be at least 100 pounds overweight to qualify on most insurances.
I went to the seminar in louisville,. Dr. Rodriques was the speaker, all was in motion for me to get the procedure done. However, my family doctor backed out of it because he said my thyroid level was "way to high".
I had even asked the question to the doctor at the seminar about my thyroid, and its effects afterwards, he assured me that it would no doubt be eliminated or reduced!.
My insurance even accepted the claim. Why do you think my family doctor backed out of this? I have been overweight since I was 12 years old, now 43, I'm still over weight. Not 100 lbs, but, having thyroid problems does not help. It does not keep me from losing the weight I want to, but, it sure does hinder it.

But for the record, I would advise anyone who is concidering this procedure, try to avoid cokes or anything else that you CANNOT eat, try it for a month, as if you mentally have had it already done. If you can get thru these, then your choice will be well worth it.
This is advised by Dr. Rodrigues of Louisville.
Me Too

United States

#20 Aug 30, 2008
a new me wrote:
considering gastric bypass. Anyone out there had it and who was your surgeon? Any regrets?
I am going to have it done by Dr. Mark Shina out of Louisville in a few months after I meet all the insurance requirements. I was throughly impressed with his knowledge and his confidence in his ability. I am really aexcited about have the gastric bypass done. I am so over being obese.

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