From Pre-op To Surgery

I fought my doctor for 4 years prior to him sending the referral to the bariatric clinic in Regina, Sask (the only place in Saskatchewan that currently does this type of surgery.

I knew there were other options but I was not going to Mexico for surgery.  Call me crazy but air travel after surgery, the cost and the fact that the doctors aren’t even in my home country kind of made me a little uneasy – besides I knew this was going to be a long haul thing  – might as well wait it out right?

  • PCP Referral sent – August 15, 2014
  • Confirmation letter from clinic received stating it would be approx 24 months to receive a call for initial assessment  – Sept 9, 2014
  • Call to see where on wait list I am find out I am looking at early 2017- Sept 30, 2016
  • Call to see where I am on wait list again – Jan 20, 2017 & Feb 16, 2017
  • Decide to just leave it until I hit 3 years on wait list and call if I hear nothing – March 2017
  • Phone call for initial assessment – May 12, 2017
  • Receive letter confirming appointments & initial blood work rec received – May 19, 2017
  • Initial blood work done – June 3, 2017
  • Initial consult – June 21 & 22, 2017
  • Approved to follow the 6th month program. Appointments happen at 2,4 and 6 months.  Met with Surgeon, Nurse, Psychology, Dietitian, no exercise therapist.
  • Next appointment Aug 21, 2017
  • Team is happy with my progress – Lost 8 pounds in 2 months,  reduced calories by 100 so now eating 1400 a day instead of 1500 calories a day.
  • Next appointment Oct 17, 2017
  • Team continues to be happy with my progress – lost 9.2 pounds in 2 months, calories to remain where they are, continue doing what I am doing. There was no psych at the appointment but she will follow up next week with me.
  • Next appointment Dec 13, 2017
  • Blood work done for 6 month appointment – Dec 6, 2017
  • Only lost 4.3 pounds in 2 months for a total of 21.5 pounds over the last 6 months.
  • Met with Dietitian, Psych  in the AM both are very happy with my progress, told me to keep doing what I was doing and they have no reservations about surgery approval recommendations for me.
  • Met with Surgeon in the PM – Approved for  Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Waiting for surgery date.