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Bariatric Surgery: Part 2 The Pro's and Con's (The Pro's)

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.
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    I'm coming up on two years post surgery. I have never regretted one day that I did it. I have heard some who haven't had the surgery say that it was the easy way out but it really isn't. It does take work and I work at it every day. Its been good for me and I know its been good for others as well
    2145 days ago
    I agree it is a great tool but you absolutely have to make a lifestyle change. The first 80 lbs came off very easy for me but now I really have to work harder at it. It's a wonderful
    tool for weight loss. I've been heavy since childhood and this
    is the only way I was able to lose weight. I've joined WW about 1000 times since I was 16 years old and could never lose more than 20 lbs. I had RNY gastric bypass a year ago and have reversed my sleep apnea, high blood pressure, acid reflux and most importantly type 2 diabetes. I really believe the surgery saved my life but you still have to do the hard work.
    2145 days ago
    Excuse me, but surgery has many "pros". It allows the person to actually feel full after meals. It corrects the blood sugar levels - from within a few days of the surgery - to take away the raging hunger. It corrects reflux, and many find that their blood pressure normalizes very soon after surgery. (this is without losing more than a few of the pounds). The fact that the stomach is made smaller is a very small part of the whole thing. The health issues that prevent exercise get removed.

    I don't know if you can imagine never actually feeling full, but trying to eat a sane food plan when someone feels hungry 20 minutes after eating it - instead of full - is a great definition of torture.

    The other thing is this - statistically, most morbidly obese (ie 100 pounds over correct weight) people can their weight back within 5 years. So all that work, its for nothing. And they feel defeated. And horrible. And they are sicker because losing and gaining is so bad for you. With the surgery, most of the people KEEP the weight loss.

    Just a thought. Good luck to you!

    2332 days ago
    Good point about making it a lifestyle, no matter what. That's the key to success with ANY weight-loss/maintenance tool.
    2530 days ago
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