And so, it begins: I meet the first surgeon

I am considering two hospitals for weight-loss surgery. I’m not going to provide their actual names, as I don’t want to appear biased when I chose one over the other. So, for the sake of this post, let’s just say that I met a doctor today from Hospital ABC, and the meeting went well.

First, I met with the doctor himself. He had a matter-of-fact manner about him, and seemed a bit cold at times. He didn’t even ask who the strange man was sitting to my right. (The strange man, of course, was the Complementary Spouse.) I told him I wanted to know more about the Roux-en-Y procedure, which is the one where the surgeon makes a little stomach pouch and then bypasses part of the intestines.

The doctor explained that he had done many Roux-en-Y procedures (he literally said “hundreds and hundreds and hundreds” when I asked him how many surgeries he had done in his career) but he now much prefers the gastric sleeve procedure. Continue reading