Our expert says:
Nans, you can expect a 40-60kg weight loss over 2 years with any of the operations that leave you with a stomach that can contain only about 25ml. The medical aid should pay as you are more than 100% overweight and it is a serious health risk.
A laparoscopic procedure is preferable, but it might prove to be too difficult technically. You have to understand that there is a serious risk of complications because you are so over weight.
I doubt that you need to come to Pta for the operation – your GP should be able to refer you to a competent surgeon in your area. You will need lots of support immediately after the operation, so it will be better to have your family and friends around you. Good luck.
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