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JoanneBandit posted a topic in Considering a Lap Band?Hi everyone, I have my appointment with my doctor on Monday to discuss my weightless options. I am 19 and have PCOS and am 120kg (170cm). He seems pro-nasal sprays and less invasive techniques but I've done my research, and with my illness (which results in a lifetime of chronic obesity) I am really keen to get this surgery. So can anyone help me on what to say to my doctor and share your past experiences visiting your GP for the first time to enquire about the surgery? I'm just worried the doctor won't take my decision to seriously and shrug it off. Thanks & love, Jo
Hi everyone, My name is Joanne and I am considering getting the Gastric lap banding surgery. I'm just on here asking around to hear other peoples stories after they got their surgery and just wanting to know how to go about asking my GP for it. So before that just a little about myself: I'm 19 years old and I live in Australia. I am 125kg and 5"5' (170cm). I've been overweight all my life, pretty much can't remember ever being a healthy weight. I am newly diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and that pretty much set off my want to have this surgery. Having PCOS pretty much puts me at risk at developing diabetes (actually, I'm going to get it eventually) and heart attacks (7 time more likely). It also signs me up to a lifetime of chronic obesity and depression. A year ago, I was in a really bad place and I was constantly depressed and had terrible anxiety. I couldn't get out of bed and gained 10kg. I hated myself and hated my body and I self harmed to take my anger out against it. This all happened because my education, family and social life were all directly affected by my obesity. I have no relationship with my father because he's ashamed of my weight and has constantly criticised me since I was 12 about it, I was placed on Academic Warning at university because I didn't want to attend class as I thought I was getting judged. And my emotional and physical health was deteriorating. It was just hell. Long story short; my mom came back and started to live with my, and I guess it really helped a bit and I have got some confidence and routine back in my life. I'm much happier. So back on topic - I really would like to get the surgery and I would like to know if you guys think I'm eligible for it and tell me how yours are going. Also, how do I go about asking my GP for it? Sorry for the long post, hope someone can reply. Thanks & love, Jo x