What WLS does
Friday, January 08, 2016
I wrote yesterday that weight loss surgery is only a tool. It will not cure anyone of the emotional reasons for eating.
And there are side effects and possible complications.
Band users need to go back for regular adjustments, bypass patients risk the dumping syndrome, both the bypass and sleeve patients must take supplements for life. All of them must stay on restrictive diets to continue or maintain their weight loss.
So what's the point? Why do it?
WLS provides a jump start, and at least in the beginning, forces you to eat less. A lot less.
To start, WLS is for people with a large amount of weight to lose, and during the early stages of recovery, a significant amount of weight can be lost. That can make all the difference in the world in changing the mindset that this fight might actually be won.
Also, somehow - and doctors are not sure why - WLS can cure or lessen many comorbidities. Often a WLS patient with type 2 diabetes will be able to be taken off all diabetes meds before leaving the hospital! Some cases are less profound, of course. WLS patients have also see great reduction in high blood pressure, high bad cholesterol, and sleep apnea.
And that's just the beginning.
Part of the whole process also changes diet habits of the patients because the stomach is so tiny, and is still healing. Overeating can be very uncomfortable; a strong deterrent.
But does it last after the healing is done?
(More coming soon.)