Monday, January 10, 2011
As I considered this, I realized that I could go on and on about the positive side of losing weight and use that as the Pro part of having surgery, but that is the same with any tool you use to lose weight. No matter what you use to help you, you will get the benefits of losing weight. Better health, longer life, better self image, more confidence and whatever else you can come up with are all wonderful side effects of losing weight. I want to talk about what I think is positive about having surgery as opposed to using something else.
The only Pro I could really come up with was that surgery permanently changes the size of your stomach, well sorta, you can stretch it if you don't follow the rules. Truth is, it gives you a start over. Start overs are very important. When you are extremely overweight your stomach is so big that trying to keep it to the place where you are not always hungry is impossible. Then try to lose weight with it and after some time that becomes basically impossible, at least that is what I felt. After surgery your stomach is about the size of your fist, give or take. Immediately after it's smaller than that. For the longest time putting more than a cup of food in my stomach was pretty much impossible. Obviously, that aids in losing weight big time. Getting used to that stomach is part of the Con's that I'll do next time.
I can't over emphasize the importance of the smaller stomach. Surgery gives you what no other form of weight loss tool can give you. Lap Band is another good choice but that doesn't do for obese people what the surgery does. Here's where I recommend seeing a doctor who does both and take his advice. Being able to start over with my stomach is something that I am very thankful for and don't want to mess up. There are no do-overs after this.
I'd say surgery only has one Pro but I think it's a very important one to weight loss. Being able to start over and do things right is very rare. It is something that shouldn't be taken for granted and those who can't prove that they can change the way they eat shouldn't do it. It will be good for a while but you really need to make lifestyle changes to make it work over long term just like any other tool.