If you have enough Super to cover it then you shouldn't have any problem. Just remember that withdrawing your super early counts as income so it might affect your tax at tax time or any centrelink payments you get.
Good luck. It's only human nature to second guess ourselves. We wonder if we really need to be so drastic. If it were so easy to lose the weight without surgery we would have done it by now. Make sure there is room in your bag to pack the clothing you are wearing to the hospital. Something warm to wear in hospital (a bed coat-does anyone even own one of those anymore?!?! Or a dressing gown. A pair of comfy slippers). Go you good thing! You've got this! Best of luck and let us know how you are doing (when you can).
It's an odd thing isn't it? If we could tolerate a diet of weight loss shakes we would t be seeking weight loss surgery in the first place. Still, think of all that goodness it's doing in preparing you for surgery. Shrinking your liver. Making you surgery ready for your next chapter as a sleeved person. Good luck.
It's all getting real now!!!! Super fund has paid out and money in my account!!!! i have to wait around 6 weeks to get back in to see the surgeon and then book the procedure but I have asked that they keep me in mind of a cancellation comes up lol
Band is gone!!!!! I can't say that I miss it! I can eat salad and meat and bread and fruit with the skin on! It's amazing! Now I wait for phi to kick in for my sleeve surgery but until then I am loving eating healthier foods and no reflux!
Go to your GP and explain the problems you are having and reasons for wanting it removed and they will send a referral to a surgeon at the public hospital for removal. Not sure what the wait list would be but the more urgent the need to have it removed the quicker it will be taken out.
GP appointment today. He has written up a referral for a surgeon to remove the band, public. I have sent off my paperwork for private health. I am guessing my band could be out in the next month or so. Exciting! Im just hoping I don't gain too much weight between now and 12 months time when my phi kicks in to get sleeve done!
Pneumonia last year. Ever since have had trouble with my voice. Like I'm losing my voice. Every single day! For months! 7 months! Anyway...... ear nose and throat specialist today took a look down my throat with a long camera and said my throat was very red and he suspected silent reflux. As soon as he said it I knew that it was from my band. I don't know why I never put two and two together sooner! I am making an appointment with my gp to get a referral to the public specialist to see about removing the band. Then I'll take out private health and wait the 12 months for sleeve and pray I don't gain too much weight in the meantime!
After having lap band four years ago my surgeon has suggested that it would be better for me to have it removed and have a sleeve instead. I have other health issues, namely severe osteoarthritis impacting my spine and hips. I've already had one total hip replacement. In order to go from band to sleeve I need to get private health insurance and then wait 12 months. Just wondering what my chances are of going public. Would it be a longer wait? Is 12 months really the earliest I can get it done? Any help appreciated.
I saw my doctor today and had 0.3ml removed from my band. It's just been too difficult. Hardly anything would go down unless it was lollies or biscuits or chips. They slide down easily! I am now looking at getting private health insurance so I can get the band removed and get a sleeve. The only drama is the 12 month wait on private health. The wait will kill me!