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Pre-op stuff

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Continuing my WLS series...

While waiting to get approval and a date for surgery, I had lots of appointments, plus all that reading.

Bottom line, I had one thing to do: my surgeon said I needed to lose 10-20% before he'd give me a surgery date.

So I got to work!

Now you will probably ask - I know I sure did - if I can lose the weight before surgery, why don't I just continue that, and skip the surgery?

The answer is simple. I don't believe that I can. History has shown that I can lose 25-30 pounds, and then I fall off the wagon. You'd say that saying that reinforces it, but it doesn't have to be true. Yep. True. And that's what I have said at the start of every new "lifestyle change" or diet - this is the one!

I've been doing this for most of my life, the last 40 years!
And I don't want to risk another failure.

Ok, I know this is not guaranteed either.
But I think my chances are pretty darned good.

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Yes, I'll put what I did to lose the weight in my next blog.
Thanks for asking!

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    Finally someone has answered my main question about weight loss surgery:
    "If I can lose the weight before surgery, why don't I just continue that, and skip the surgery?"

    And I guess that I'd have to say that it forces the patient into a point of no return with weight loss and forces many ongoing behavior changes. Granted, apparently some people still manage to self-sabotage I guess even after all of that. But it appears to be a whole lot more difficult.

    Now my unanswered question is, why are some people able to go off insulin even before they have left the hospital? There would have been minimal weight loss and I don't think that explains it. I just am thinking there are other biological or hormonal or systemic changes that are a result of weight loss surgery that the medical practice has not figured out. I am also guessing that this may play a part in what helps many patients lose weight so quickly after the operation in addition to less stomach space and the ability to eat less.

    1150 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/26/2016 6:36:02 AM
    thanks for sharing!
    1150 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    Can I ask what you did to lose the 10% - 20% before the surgery? Or will that be in the next blog? I'm staying tuned....
    1150 days ago
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