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Hi all,

This is my first topic post here. So hi!!

Tomorrow I see Dr. Long at the Bariatric and Metabolic Center in Parker, CO for my first consultation. I've been researching doctors and bariatric centers in my area for about 3 months now. I've chosen to look at Dr. Long first because he is highly reviewed on healthgrades.com, Cigna, Yelp, and Google. I think the average comes out to 4.8/5.0 stars with close to 300 reviews. So he sounds pretty decent. His office staff have been really nice any time I have talked to them on the phone. I'm excited and nervous. I've made a fairly good list of questions.

I'm going to be self-pay as my insurance does not cover it, and will not even with an appeal. I have asked multiple times in multiple ways. So it's good and bad. I don't have to deal with the headache of insurance and their hoops. I get to have my surgery sooner but am spending a lot of money.

I'm lucky in that I have some very supportive friends and family. With only one or two exceptions most everyone has been supportive. Some don't understand, but they ask questions to at least try. How have you guys dealt with family and friends who only focus on the potential side-effects of surgery though?

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Hi and welcome!

I would suggest for those on only focus on the negative, that you explain once and once only the benefits and positives, after that you tell them that it isn't up for discussion anymore.

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