Not Quite on the Cutting Edge...

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Many people are having some version of gastric bypass surgery these days. There's the lap band, the gastric sleeve, and the roux-en-y just to rattle off some of the currently available choices. Everyone has their own reasons for opting for surgery and from what I've witnessed, the decision is not taken lightly by the medical staff either. There are medical tests, psychiatric evaluations, classes, support groups and, of course, teams of surgeons that must all indicate and agree that someone is physically and mentally prepared for this new post-surgical reality.

But what if - just what if - one were to NOT have surgery but make every other life change of the post-surgical patient? Would they succeed in losing weight?

That's the question I'm about to answer.

My partner of 14 years has made the decision to undergo bariatric surgery on July 23, 2013. I support this decision for personal and medical reasons to the point I was willing to have the same procedure and go through it with her step by step. My health insurance however, decided I would not be having surgery.

Recently I have been under the medical supervision of my family doctor for weight management for about 45 days prior to this experiment. He has prescribed 37.5mg of Adipex daily and I usually break the caplet in half. Since starting the bariatric diet I have taken the full caplet to curb my appetite as much as possible.

Since starting the Adipex I have lost 21.5 pounds. I really can't complain about that loss in around 45 days time!

I will be continuing to take my Adipex for awhile during this experiment - especially in the first 4 weeks. If you know anything about the post-surgical bariatric patient you know those first 4 weeks are a full liquid diet only. Protein shakes mostly with three "meals" consisting of two ounce servings of something like unsweetened apple sauce, low-fat cottage cheese or sugar free pudding. The highlight of these 4 weeks is my beloved Cocoa Wheats are allowed!

Just for the record - I did NOT participate in the day before surgery bowel cleansing ritual. I also did not participate in the day of surgery ice chips only rule. I didn't see the need for this since in fact my insides remain in tact. I did not participate in the clear liquids only day of the diet in the hospital. I also am not ingesting the volume of post-surgical vitamin supplements required for surgical patients. I take 2 multivitamins daily but feel since my body has not been altered, I shouldn't have a problem absorbing the nutrients from food as I have done throughout my life to date.

I plan to post at least weekly updates on how things are going and any weight fluctuations that occur. So please stay tuned!

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    Your partner has every right to make their own decision that is best for them. I applaud you for supporting them.

    I have had several friends choose the surgery route. Each of them have gained the weight back. Not that your partner will. But for each of them they did not change their brain.

    I had a nutritionals spend several sessions that I paid for to try and convince me that I was a hopeless case and should just get the surgery and be done with it.

    If it were easy to stop eating because of the feeling of fullness, my friends and I would have not become overweight to start with.

    I have committed myself to loosing 100 pounds by "doing surgery on my brain".

    Keep us posted.
    2612 days ago
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