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Weight Loss Surgery: Not just an easy pill to swallow!

I learned something about myself during my visit with the bariatric surgeon the other day.  I am, for quality of life reasons, willing to swallow a pill that may have harmful effects at some point down the road, but I am not willing to subject myself to unnecessary surgery that could damage me for life or kill me right now.  In other words, I am able to turn a blind eye toward the possible side effects of the various weight-loss producing meds that my doctor prescribes for me, but I am unable (at least at this point in my journey) to allow a surgeon to drastically alter my innards so that I might look thinner and feel better–the operative (no pun intended) word here being might.   That being said, I am glad that I investigated the surgical option and did not give in to last minute, negative self-talk which, fueled by the lack of positive feelings about the surgery from my family, urged me to cancel my appointment and tried to make me feel like a fool for ever considering it.   Gaining facts to make an informed decision is never a waste of time.

The surgeon was very kind and informative.  He spent almost an hour describing the procedures and answering all of the questions posed to him by my loved ones and myself.  At the end of the hour, he wrapped up by saying that I should think about it and come up with more questions.  I’m sure he could sense the uncertainty and negativity in the air.  My loved ones were still completely against the surgery, and I was left concerned about the risks and unconvinced that any of the options would solve my problem. Continue reading Weight Loss Surgery: Not just an easy pill to swallow!

Is Weight Loss Surgery a Copout?

Hi, my name is Crystal, and I am 125 pounds overweight. My doctor says I am morbidly obese. I don’t know about that, but I do know that I can barely bend over to pick something up or to tie my shoes or clip my toenails. I huff and puff at the slightest exertion, my joints and muscles ache, my bladder is unpredictable at best, and many of my clothes are tight and uncomfortable. I am tired and depressed most of the time, and my sleep apnea has gotten worse. After trying various diets and exercise along with several different prescription medications that are known to produce weight loss to no avail, my doctor, who is concerned for my long-term health and wellbeing, asked me if I would consider bariatric surgery. I was shocked. Continue reading Is Weight Loss Surgery a Copout?