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    Hi Toni I have just received a letter saying that I can’t have a bypass op. Tim John, my diabetic consultants ,my GP ,my therapist Professor Jane at the seminar in Guildford and my PCT(who gave me funding withing 6 weeks!) have all supported me having the surgery. According to the letter I am being discharged back to my GP and can seek a second opinion from another bariatric unit but I don’t want to go somewhere else. Can I appeal and if so how do I go about it? I am waiting to hear back from my GP at the moment but apart from letting her know I’m lost.


    who said you can’t have the bypass? They must have a reason for saying that but you are well within your rights to ask why and to get a second opinion.


    Hi Lou the therapist I saw said in her opinion I’m not emotionally strong enough to have it. However my surgeon and every one else I’ve seen said I was a good candidate but she said no! Apparently I can get a second opinion if I go to another bariatric unit but I want to be at St Richards not somewhere else and if I go somewhere else they will say the same thing I imagine.


    Hi Snowleapard, surely she didn’t just dismiss you out of hand, did she not make some recommendations, I thought it was her job to get you emotionally strong enough. I have responded to your post privately please respond I would really like to help you with this, if I can.


    Hi Bovril body no she didn’t just dismiss me and she made recommendations of what I needed to do in order to qualify for the operation but I have pretty much given up for now my diabetic consultant said there was no point in appealing or fighting because once they have made up their mind that’s it. I may try again but I don’t know I think I will stop coming here and posting because I don’t belong here anymore and it is hard reading everyone else having the op and waiting for dates. Thank you for your email but I feel pretty much defeated now so many of the criteria are subjective and I’m not even sure how to achieve them. I am working hard at accepting that this is how I will always be can’t keep fighting as I have all my life.


    hi snow
    im no expert at all but i think there is always a reason to fight.
    but of course thats totally up to you.
    of course you belong here i can honestly say everyone is welcome and friendly. it is hard to read about peoples op dates and things and even after op you see things and think oh i havent lost that much or i cant do that . but it helps makes us stronger or does me. dont give up aybe take a break and then fight again. i do understand honestly
    ive had awful life mum never loved me hubby of 15yrs left and my poor horse broke his leg in the night. its getting slowly better but one thing is for sure im not giving up. hugs mandy xx

    Ms Ellie

    Guys I need some advice here please not sure if I am going round the bend here!!!!

    First Letter from PCT to Hosp 4/01/10

    Dear Doc

    I should be grateful if you might accept referral of Ms Ellie to the specialist Bariatric surgical centre.

    I am pleased to confirm funding for Ms Ellie to attend St Richards specialist Bariatric treatment centre and for surgery to aid weight reduction as appropiate.

    Please note that funding has been approved conditional to Ms Ellie maintaining her current bmi until surgery. Where Patients show significant weight gain in the lead-up to surgery, funding approval will need to be reconsidered by the kent and medway obesity single patient funding panel.

    Please forward treatment invoices to me as below.
    Please dont hesitate to contact me should there be anything that you would like to discuss


    Letter from Hospital to PCT 29/01/10

    Dear PCT

    Thank you for your referral of Ms Ellie to the bariatric unit. Prior to us accepting her her referral, she will need to undergo sllep studies. I have asked Ms Ellie to ask her GP if they will organise this for her in a local unit, butr if they are unable to organise this, I wonder if you would give consideration to her undergoing a sllep study in our bariatric unit.

    Once she has undergone sleep studies and any treatment resulting from this , I would be grateful if you could re-confirm her funding assessment and surgery as appropiate.

    St Richards.

    Now I am confused as If I have (Im sure I have sleep aponea) then does that mean I cannot have surgery until treatment has finished??? I have read somewhere that someone has been using the CPAP machine for 12 yrs!!!! Its a long time to wait me thinks!


    I think they just need to get you started and stable on the CPAP machine, shouldn’t take too long providing you use it every night. Good luck.

    Ms Ellie

    Just wondering, can you have a by-pass/sleeve or band with a local anaesthetic? I was watching a programme the other night and this doctor in the USA was doing all sorts of ops with a local??

    Toni Russo

    Sorry…no can do.


    If only – what a nice idea…or not!!

    I had an epidural for ankle surgery once, the anaesthatist was horrified that I didn’t also want a general (which was apparantly standard procedure) but I couldn’t see the point. My surgeon thought it was great and talked to me throughout (saying it made a nice change to have someone else to talk to in theatre!!). He kept pointing out things on the screen as he went along, and even gave me some pictures as a keepsake(!!), needless to say I haven’t kept them for posterity. Ankle could manage with a local, but a bypass? Hell no!!

    Have also read about people having surgery using hypnotherapy instead of a general, but think that would take a very brave soul…


    LOL…faints at just the very thought!!!!

    Ms Ellie

    Ms Russo – wa you mean no can do???


    Omg I just fainted thinking about it, you are soooooo brave Ms Ellie.

    Ms Ellie

    Nooooooooooo, I didnt say thats what I wanted or was having, I was just wondering if it was possible to do thats all.

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