what questions should i ask at my consultation?

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Ok, so my first consultation is tomorrow eve with the Hospital Group - really excited that something is happening at last! - I feel as though I've read everything i could possibly read about WLS several times over, so I'm unsure what to ask,  What should i be getting back from the consultation specifically? is there anything you didnt ask that you wish you had? Any advice will be greatly received, Thanks  

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    which surgery would you recommend for me.

    What are my other options

    how much weight will i lose

    how many operations have you done

    what is your fatality rate

    what after care will i recieve

    how long will i be in hospital

    how long will i be off work

    how long does the operation take

    what pain relief will i be given

    what can i eat post op

    Long term effects of op

    Will I be covered for post op problems

    How much will it cost ?

    Are there different aftercare packages and if so how much do they cost or are they included in the price?

    How long before I can drive?

    What are the success rates for each procedure?

    If the procedure did not work what would be the next step?

    What does the after care package include? Psychologist? Dietician? How many times do you see them after surgery? Aftercare packages vary greatly between each surgeon in the amount of support they provide.

    do i need to continue my usual mediation post op and do i take them on the day of surgery?

    am I more suited to one type of WLS than another?

    what about the exces skin will they remove it?

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    here are a few more -

    What degree of regain can I expect after the initial loss with each surgery type?

    If RNY, what probability of "enjoying" dumping syndrome?

    What probabilities are there of encountering either constipation or diarrhoea problems with the different surgery types

    What vitamin / mineral regime would I have to follow with the different surgery types (and how much flexibility would there be with each)?

    When is the first follow-up appointment after the operation and how many afterwards?

    How soon can you go on holiday afterwards and/or fly?

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    they wont all be applicable  but writ down the ones which you want to ask incase you forget anything - and be honest with any questions he asks you cos he will be evaluating you and what will be the best type of WLS for you personally and he needs honest answers
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