Tuesday, March 12, 2013
You know, i was reading a blog today and some of the comments left were just plain uninformative. I feel that as a weight loss surgery patient, I need to debunk some of these so-called ideas about weight loss surgery.
1. Weight loss surgery is a shortcut to weight loss. Really? This is supposed to be a shortcut? Many insurance companies/surgeons require three months of pre-op dietary counseling in order to qualify. Then you have to do your pre-op diet, your pre-op classes, and all the other pre-op requirements. You also have to have a psychological assessment as well, and that can take while depending on insurance, as well as timing. There is nothing short about this process.
2. Weight loss surgery is the easy way out. Again, heck no! There is NOTHING easy about being a WLS patient. It isn't easy to have surgery, then have your recuperation time, then having your labs done every three months. It isn't easy to take a bunch of supplements because your body is being deprived of some things. It isn't easy to go through dumping syndrome when you eat something you shouldn't have, or you ate it too fast, or you ate too much of it. Having WLS requires great commitment and a lot of hard work. No my friends, it is NOT easy.
3. Weight loss surgery is a quick fix. While yes, we lose weight faster, it is definitely NOT a quick fix. We have to constantly live the lifestyle, or we run the risk of gaining it all back just like anyone else. For instance, I have a friend that had the surgery and lost 200 lbs. Once she got to her goal weight, she reverted back to eating like she did before. She started drinking sodas and eating pizza and crap. Of course she gained most of that back. We know what we're signing on for when we have this surgery, and some of us live the lifestyle and some of us don't. I chose to live the lifestyle because this was a huge blessing for me.
4. Weight loss surgery is dangerous. There is no more greater risk of having WLS as there is with any other surgery. Going under general anesthesia is always risky no matter what type of surgery. Also, when you compare the risks of remaining morbidly obese versus having WLS, you run a greater risk staying morbidly obese.
Weight loss surgery isn't for everyone. But, as a woman in my 40s who weighed over 500 lbs, I felt that it was the best alternative for me. I tried MANY different kinds of diets and was very successful for a few months, but then I just started gaining the weight again. After researching this option for 10 full years, I felt that it was the best option that I had and do you know what? I do NOT regret it for a moment. Having the surgery has given me back my life.
So, please, however a person chooses to lose their weight, don't rain on their parade. They've worked hard to lose the weight and to live a healthy lifestyle. Does it really matter how they did it?