I began researching weight loss surgery in March 2011 and went to my first informational meeting April 1, 2011. I decided that I wanted to go forward and have Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and went through my local hospital to meet all their prerequisites for surgery.
I have Vermont Medicaid, and they have a requirement which was 6 months with a dietician before surgery. I met with a nutritionist, did my classes, and was set for the final steps of “Attend evaluation meetings with a nurse practitioner, dietitian, representative from Patient Financial Services, and the bariatric surgeon.”
However, at this point, in October 2011, I was told that because of my history of hospitalizations for depression, the team was removing me from the program and refusing surgery. They said if I could remain hospital-free for a minimum of 2 years, they would reconsider me for the program. I was extremely discouraged.
Last year, I called a different hospital and was told that nobody would do surgery on me until I made that requirement. According to them, any hospital would say the same thing.
I can’t seem to stay out of the hospital for longer than a year. I have been hovering between 275 and 292 pounds for the past couple of years. I can lose some, with my low being 275, but then I gain it back. I am 5’7″ and 39 years old. Am I doomed to be morbidly obese for the rest of my life?
I also have a hard time with some of what is “good for me” as I had to have all my teeth surgically removed due to them crumbling and breaking from medication side effects. I believe psychiatric medications contributed to my gaining initially….I gained 100 pounds within about 6 months in 2003. I have gained more since then, bringing me to my current weight, but it has been a much slower 30 pounds since 2003.
Can anybody help me? Is there a way to get surgery?