I have decided to get banded, that is to get a gastric band put in place to use as a tool on my journey to a fitter, better lifestyle.I have to go to the UK to get my surgery since they only perform gastric bypasses here in Iceland, and I don't want to have that, The risks are to high for my taste, and I know a few people that have gotten the bypass and they all have some complications from it. I found an Icelandic doctor that specializes in these surgeries in Birmingham and he does some follow-ups in Iceland so I am going with him.
been almost obsessed with watching the WLS community on youtube. I have
learnt a great deal from them and that has helped me on my decision.
have put together a list of questions I want to ask my doctor. If any
of you have any suggestions as to additional questions then I would love
to add them to my list.
# How many surgeries have you done, and how many of them are patients that live in Iceland?
# What are the possible complications?
# Do I need to stay overnight?
# Is everything included in the price you list on your website?
# Are the sutures left in or are they taken out, and is that done there or in Iceland?
# What should I particularly pay attention to post-op?
# How likely is it to have get a slipped band or develop an erosion?
# Where do I turn here in Iceland if I develop complications?
# How long do I have to stay over there?
# Are the fills always performed here in Iceland?
# Who oversees fills and post-op follow-up?
# What if any pre-op diet is required?
# What should I avoid, food wise, drug wise (prescription)?
# What exercise is allowed and how soon after surgery is it allowed?
# Will this affect my absorption of vitamins, and what vitamins are recommended post-op?
# What should I bring with me?
# When can I go back to work?