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On Tuesday I meet with a Doc to go over whether or not I will get Lap Band Surgery. My Medicare/HMO will cover it. Sort of annoys me that I will have to make copays for something that the VA should do but that is the story of my life.

Reasons I need Lap Band Surgery to lose weight.

Diabetes

Sleep Apnea

Hyper Tension

41 BMI

302 Lbs

Breathing Problems

I have gained 30 lbs in less than a year.

I have become very depressed about not being able to lose weight which might cause them not to do it.

For those of you who pray please include me in your prayers.

Pete

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Good luck Pete

I hope you get what you want and I hope it helps. No doubt excess weight makes all the DMII conditions worse and the high blood as well.

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On Tuesday I meet with a Doc to go over whether or not I will get Lap Band Surgery. My Medicare/HMO will cover it. Sort of annoys me that I will have to make copays for something that the VA should do but that is the story of my life.

Reasons I need Lap Band Surgery to lose weight.

Diabetes

Sleep Apnea

Hyper Tension

41 BMI

302 Lbs

Breathing Problems

I have gained 30 lbs in less than a year.

I have become very depressed about not being able to lose weight which might cause them not to do it.

For those of you who pray please include me in your prayers.

Pete

Pete,

I believe that if you explain to your doctor of your depression, of not being able to loose weight, this may be more of a reason for the doctor to know that the surgery would be of much benefit to you and more important to your health. I pray and I pray a lot and I will be most happy to pray for you. Think Positive!!

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I had gastric bypass May of 2005, 15 months later I am 133 pounds less. Medicare covered all but the copay,+ $300. Its a drastic step but if you need to lose weight and can not it is the best. I can eat just about everything, except for for me food on the grill( especially barbucue) or spices do not set with me, I get the dumping right away. You will have to realize that its a life changing experience. You may feel very hungary but then a few bites and you are full. I'm still losing but at a slower pase.

Make sure you have Dr's who have experience with doing these surgeries, In Madison, WI. we have several DR.'s but only Two good ones and they started the Baratric Clinic. They do not just do the surgeries and let you go on your own like most do. Go to the support group meetings, do not be affraid to ask questions.

My experience started out bad for the 1st month, But I would do it again in a heart beat, if I had to.

Any question on it Just ask anyone who has had it, There will be some horror stories, but the goods ones out weight the bad.

Good Luck I'm with you 100%

John's Wife

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Pete- I will sure pray for you and I think you will feel much better when this is over.

I have noticed that people who gain weight can get very depressed by this. If this surgery helps the depression as well as the weight problem, it will be wonderful.

I know 2 people who had it done locally and they are very glad they did. Berta

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Once you recover from the lap banding you can start a good exercise program. That will help with the HBP and DMII. It also helps with depression. Find a gym and go with your wife, or even swimming or walking or riding bikes together. I am not exactly as light as a feather myself anymore and I know the excess weight contributes to my foot problems and back problems. Get the best surgeon to do this. Check around. 302lbs is too heavy and we want to keep you around for a long time on hadit, so we can ask you questions and get your very wise counsel. I consider you to be hadit's Guru. Someothers may know the rules and regs better but you understand what makes the VA tick.

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My wife had that procedure done and it worked great for awhile. She has started to regain her weight though.

The procedure can be reversed by constant eating. The pouch gets enlarged each time and expands thereby allowing you to eat a little more.

I would deal with the eating disorder first. Overeating is an addiction like smoking, drinking or any other addiction. Deal with the mental condition first and the body will follow.

Hate to sound negative but I regret that I didn't try to stop this procedure on my wife until she had dealt with the eating disorder. A person has to really want to stop overeating before this procedure has a chance. Anyone that expects it to force them to stop overeating should not go through with the operation.

I wish you well Pete but please deal with the mental side of this problem before resorting to surgery. A life style change is absolutely the first step. The operation should be the second step.

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