Last week I bit the bullet and booked my first surgeon consultation. It was nerve wracking and exciting at the same time! My appointment is booked for February 15th 2017.
This was the surgeon I had wanted to see from the first day I started researching surgery/surgeons. I had poured over his website and saw that he’s actually a professor as well, so he teaches the thing he does – which I find quite reassuring. For some reason, I got it in my head that he only performs lap-band which I was not even remotely interested in. So I moved on and found a different guy who I thought seemed like a good option. I sat on it for probably a month before I finally called and they said that this surgeon only takes public patients for lap-band, but not for VSG or RNY (Roux-en-y aka gastric bypass). Cue my tantrum.
To clarify for anyone who doesn’t live in Australia: In Aus we have 2 ways of paying for our surgery. 1) have private health insurance that covers the bulk of your costs and just pay a co-pay/gap fee or 2) go in as a public patient and fund your surgery on your own through savings/loans/superannuation etc. We have a public health care system so not everyone has private health insurance. I’ve generally found it to be unnecessary and touch wood it will remain unnecessary – so I’m funding my own surgery.
Basically that meant that the surgeon I wanted (my second choice) wouldn’t do my surgery unless I had health insurance. Now, normally I’d be ok to wait. But in this case I have a made a decision and I don’t want to wait a year for my insurance company to cover me, and I don’t have to because I can access the funds. I was pretty deflated. I’d put off making the call for a month and when I finally did it turned out he wouldn’t operate on me. I wish they’d put that stuff on their website. SO ANNOYED.
I was browsing my list of preferred surgeons (based on qualifications, location, surgery type, recommendations etc) and I saw the first surgeon I’d wanted, and I thought “Why not?!” so I called and he DOES take public patients.
My appointment is booked for Feb 15th and honestly I am SO excited. Now that I know it’s in motion, I don’t even want to wait that long! I’m hoping it will mean I can have my surgery before the middle of the year because I’d love to be well on my journey by my 30th which is July 2018.
So, now I just have to wait 35 days to see the surgeon! Tell me in the comments how you chose your surgeon!