I reached out to Dr. Dominick Gadaleta, chief of general surgery at North Shore University Hospital and director of the bariatric surgery program, and scheduled a consultation. From our conversation, it was clear that nothing about this would be easy! I had to get blood work done, demonstrate that I could lose weight ahead of time on my own, go to monthly weigh-ins, undergo a lengthy physical exam to determine if some undiagnosed medical condition was causing the weight gain, endure a cardiology stress test, and pass a psychological exam before my surgery would even be scheduled! It would be an intense, months-long process.
It was a little daunting. I wanted to do it all, but it was easy to think it might not be worth the trouble. I was afraid I’d never be able to eat my favorite foods again. I thought, better get them in as much as possible now! That strategy backfired on me. I gained 10 pounds by my first weigh-in.