Post # 1
I wasn’t sure if I should post this in wellness or fitness so, mods, feel free to move it whever it needs to go.
I’m looking for opinions on weight loss surgery. I’d like to know what you think about the procedure, what you think about people who have the procedure, if you know anyone who’s had it done, and if it was successful or not.
I’m really considering this as an option right now. I’ve been overweight my entire life and have tried every kind of diet imaginable. I’ve been very dilligent for the past year and have really worked hard on creating a healthy lifestyle instead of just following another diet. I’ve dropped a little over 50 pounds so far but still have soooo far to go. Also, currently, my only health issue is that I’m overweight. I don’t have any associated comorbidities. My glucose is on point, my blood pressure is good, chloesterol is good, etc. But I also realize that eventually being overweight will probably catch up with me and those things may become an issue.
I do not see weight loss surgery as the “easy way” after reading about everything that goes into it. I do feel like this is my last resort, though. Its a big procedure and quite scary. I also wonder how people view others that have weight loss surgery. I know its petty and in my heart I don’t intend on making any decision based on what others think of me but I do wonder if people look down on others more for being overweight or more for having this type of surgery.
Post # 3
My friend did it and was successfull. He now also rides his bike in the local tough contest. It’s not an excuse to not exercise. Which I know you don’t see it that way. I’m very proud of him for working so hard and accomplishing and exceeding his goals.
Post # 4
I think it’s a difficult choice to make and I find it scary. I have heard so many sad stories about failed surgeries. But I recognize it’s the right choice for a lot of people.
I don’t have an opinon on people who have the surgery. I think that it’s a personal choice that you have to make with your doctor. I was obese most of my life until I lost a lot of weight thorugh diet and exercise. I know how hard it is to be overweight.
I will say, though, it sounds like you’re having a lot of success with your diet. I know the road seems long, as you say you have a lot left ot lose, but 50# in one year is an amazing loss. Why do you think surgery will be a better option?
Post # 5
I have known 2 people who did it. One was completely sucessful with no complications, lost about 150lbs. The other one had major complications and ended up in a coma for about a month. She has since recovered, but it was very touch-and-go for a while. I think it can be a good option for someone who is very seriously overweight, but there can be very serious complications.
Post # 6
I don’t have any opinions about people who have the surgery, but I have heard of major complications (not sure if that is determined by prior conditions).
Post # 7
I only know one person who had this, and it was successful. I don’t think it’s an easy way at all, easy in my eyes would be liposuction, and still i’m all for it if it’s what someone wants. who is anyone to judge?
If there where to roads to the beach, one was bumpy and full of rocks and the other was slightly more even, why wouldn’t someone be allowed to chose that?
Post # 8
If it is for health reasons I’m all for it. If it is for looks I’m 100% against.
And, although I agree it isn’t the easy way out, people then claiming they lost the weight does bother me.
Post # 9
I know several people who had it done. None of them had any complications, but after two years most of them had gained all the weight they lost back You have to be really strict with your diet after the surgery and keep it up, otherwise the risk you put yourself through will be for nothing.
Post # 10
I don’t agree with it if the person is getting it for the wrong reasons.. Oh I wanna be skinny and lose weight the easy way. If its for healthrelated reasons then im all for it.
Post # 11
I feel that the procedures are safe, but are a short cut and in many cases are more problematic than diet and exercise. The body generally does not like being altered that dramatically, and you see many post-surgery patients struggling with the diet and after-care. It’s also very common to see patients needing really painful surgeries to remove excess skin, and personally I just would want to avoid that at all costs, even if it means I have a longer road ahead of me.
Plus there is the long-term change to your body— you will never be able to enjoy certain foods again, and will always be on a routine of 6-10 very small (few ounces only) meals a day, which may be hard to adapt to. If you regularly go over these very tiny portion sizes, your stomach will stretch back out but there’s no way to have a second surgery.
Personally, as someone who has only recently (last few years) gotten my own weight under control, I would do anything I could to avoid having the surgery. It is a good tool for many people but for me, the side effects/after effects are not attractive at all to me, and I’d rather do it slowly, steadily and naturally.
BTW one of my co-workers has the other surgery— I can’t remember the name but it’s where they fit a ring around the stomach and inflate the ring with saline, or deflate it, to control how much you can eat. His experience has been pretty horrible; while he has lost a significant amount of weight, he throws up almost every day, not from food or anorexia or anything but from the body rejecting the ring. I’m sure there are plenty of people who do well with this device but after seeing that, no thanks, not for me.
Post # 12
First, you are an amazing person for being able to lose 50 pounds and maintain that loss! That is very rare, and something to be proud of 🙂 How strong and dedicated a person you must be to accomplish that…no matter WHAT weight you began at or how far you have to go. I admire your dedication and drive 🙂 Don’t be so down on yourself! Be PROUD, because you should be proud and stand tall in light of what you have accomplished!
My mother and 2 of her sisters have all had weightloss surgery, and I thought that it was going to be my path as well. 2 years ago, weighing in at 226.2, I joined Weight Watchers. In the past 2 years, I’ve lost a little over 50 pounds (See, I know how HARD it is! Be Proud!! I certainly am :P).
My mom and her sisters have all had success with the surgery, but I think my mom struggles more than her sisters… she’s plateaued, and while I think she looks fantastic, she can’t seem to see it herself. Therein lies the REAL problem…
What I’ve found to be true for me is that my relationship with food and myself were REALLY the problem, not my weight. My weight has become much less of an issue as I address other issues in therapy and through …well… just growing up and maturing 🙂
Feel free to message me if you need someone to talk to! I also have a blog, but I know I’m not allowed to post a link here 😉 It’s linked in the blog share sticky for this month.
Best wishes in whatever path you choose!
Post # 13
I think it’s an option for people like you who have seriously tried everything else to lose the weight. Sometimes there are underlying medical conditions that prevent weight loss (PCOS, thyroid issues, etc). I don’t agree with people rushing into it without proper nutrition and fitness education. If you aren’t educated about the post-surgery choices you’ll need to make, it’s not worth it. So many of the failures come from people going back to eating bad food and not working out, which causes weight gain again.
So, if your doctor clears you, and you have done the prep work, you’ve tried to lose the weight on your own, then it’s an option to consider.
As a side note, have you worked with a physical trainer and a nutritionist to make sure you aren’t doing something wrong without knowing it?
Post # 14
I work in the area of diabetes/obesity. Weight loss surgery is not my area of study, but I know that success and expense of the types of surgeries really vary. For example, with lap band surgery, often they don’t admit to patients that they’ll need to go in to have the band re-tightened every year or two (or even every 6 mo!) – which can cost thousands of dollars each time. So, you need to worry not just about the initial cost, but also ongoing costs. That said, lap band surgery at least is reversible, so if you later regret it, you can stop getting it re-tightened or even get it removed. Gastic bypass is very different – it can lead to permanent nutritional deficiencies and stomach upset problems, so please do research the pros and cons very thoroughly.
All that said, I think it’s a very personal choice. If you don’t have any health issues yet (diabetes, etc) and if you’ve successfully lost a substantial amount of weight (50lb), I personally would NOT undertake the expense / possible complications of surgery. The surgery is not a quick fix or an easy solution to lose the rest of your weight – you’ll need to change your eating behaviors and keep working towards weight loss even after the surgery. One of my mentors who is a doctor has seen many patients who re-gained the weight after surgery, because they still had the same underlying relationship with food (emotional eating, compulsive eating, lack of nutrition knowledge, etc). Their real problems were still there, so they just switched to foods they could eat after the surgery (liquid calories like soda or milkshakes, lots of frequent small but very high calorie meals, etc), and they regained all the weight they had lost in about 2-3 years. So even if you go for the surgery, you’ll need to stay committed to putting in the work to keep making healthy changes and keep the weight off.
Lastly, let me just say that my mentor treats many patients who have undergone weight loss surgery (he specializes in diabetes care). He says that about half of his patients (who had serious diabetes and other complications) say that the surgery was the best thing they’ve ever done and they’d do it again. But about half of his patients (who also had diabetes and other complications) say they absolutely regret it and it was one of the worst decisions they’ve ever made. And sadly, I don’t know of any differences that can clearly indicate which group someone would be in! All I can say is that in your situation, you have a LOT less health complications than most of his patients, so I can’t help but think you might have less to gain than his patients typically do, and therefore would see less benefit from the surgery. But that is just my own personal opinion – please do lots of research and think carefully about your own priorities to help yourself make the decision that is right for you!
Post # 15
I’m a supporter as I’ve seen it work wonders for people that I know. Losing weight is HARD and sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands. It’s something that I would consider if I had an extra $30k lying around (I don’t think it’s covered under normal insurance).
My aunts friend had the surgery a few months ago. During her initial consultations she was told that she’d need to lose 40lbs before she could go under the knife. Apparently she dropped that weight in no time flat. My aunt made a comment about how if it was that easy to lose 40lbs, why not just keep doing what you’re doing. I told her that it’s a heck of a lot easier to lose 40lbs as it is to lose 140lbs.
The surgeon who performed DH’s gallbladder removal specializes in weight loss surgery. He said he does almost as many bariatric surgeries as he does gallbladder and appendix removals, which is a LOT.
Post # 16
I’ve known several people to have it done (including my dad this past spring) and my sister is having it done this fall. I am totally against it. It’s a lot of money, a lot of work, and you have to maintain it. A lot of people get it without realizing what a lifestyle change it is. If you think you can eat anything you want, you WILL gain the weight back. I also feel that if the surgery works for you, simple diet would have as well because all you are doing is restricting caloric intake. I feel that it is not worth the risks involved, but that’s just my opinion.