I've been enthusiastically expounding on the benefits of weight loss surgery, but I've barely mentioned the down sides.
Weight loss surgery is not for everyone.
My basic arguments against:
- You need to have a BMI of 40 or more.
- Or BMI of 35 or more with comorbidities.
- Any surgery has risks. Including the risk of death.
- There is no going back.
- No more carbonated beverages; although some people do.
- No alcohol for a year; very limited after that.
- Your diet will completely change.
- Food portions will be smaller.
- fast weight loss equals saggy skin.
- I'll be the one to go through it and not lose.
- I'll cheat and make myself ill.
- I'll cheat and rip open my stomach.
- I'll be sick all the time.
- I'll be miserable missing foods I can't eat.
- Needles!! I have a problem with needles.
Ok, I really only have one worry:
- I'll lose and gain it all back.
I confess I was never worried about complications. I had faith in my surgeon and everyone at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
But I was worried about needles. Having the IV put in was the absolute worst part of the entire thing! Yes, really. That was the worst part.
Leading up to the surgery, my biggest concern was regain.
I am an emotional eater. I still am.
Happy, my tiny stomach reminds me to behave. Mostly.
I have learned, over Christmas, that I can in fact gain weight. On Christmas cookies. Which I can eat, slowly, one at a time, having several a day, for a few days while away visiting family. Lesson learned. I hope.
Emotional eating, and head hunger, are still in play. These must be dealt with for long term success. It is not easy.
I'm working on it.
And, no: I have no regrets about WLS.
Except for waiting so long.
Remember, I'm not a doctor or anything.
I'm just sharing what I've read, heard and experienced.
(More coming soon! Yes, I'll be discussing head hunger, too.)