Bariatric Surgery

By Deyasha404 Latest Reply 2011-09-26 20:12:26 -0500
Started 2011-09-22 09:12:02 -0500

I have been thinking alot on bariatric surgery as a tool for weight loss for me. I really need some help with this. I have tried so many things to lose weight but to no avail and I getting really frustrated. Any advice? My sister thinks it is not a good idea and my husband is behind me on whatever decision I make. I have done research and everything. The last thing left for me to do is find out if my insurance will cover everything and set up my consultation appointment. However, I am still somewhat torn. I really could use some sound advice on this. Please help!!

8 replies

RAYT721 2011-09-26 20:12:26 -0500 Report

A great resource will be with our friends at if you are not already a member there, check it out. My wife (Sally) is somewhat active there and very approachable with any questions you may have, as are many others. There are pros and cons to the surgery which they will be happy to answer for you. My wife is also quite active on various Yahoo Groups that relate to weight loss surgeries (yup, there's more than one type) and will the first to call it a "tool" rather than an answer. I am with your husband on being behind on whatever decision you make.

Carol2x 2011-09-24 00:11:15 -0500 Report

I have heard both pros and cons on this. I would get more doctor opinions on these along with the side effects, etc…

Anonymous 2011-09-22 21:35:36 -0500 Report

I'd really think about this type of surgery. My husband's sister had this kind of surgery and she had therapy walking because she was so heavy. She's had alot of complications too. I know you want to loose weight and that's great but try meeting with a specialist dealing with your situation. I wanted surgery but I noticed alot of problems afterwards. I'm on a diet now and have list 16 pounds. I know you can do it. Good luck!

jayabee52 2011-09-22 20:56:09 -0500 Report

I would counsel against doing the bariactric surgery. I didn't think that I could lose weight either, but once I got my eating plan figured out (low carb, High protein) I lost 50 lbs in about 7 months.

I have had friends do the surgery and for a while they do wonderfully but now after about 5 or 6 years, the one friend is packing on the pounds again.

The surgery alters your digestive tract, and there is just no way they can go back in and correct it. You can't unbreak an egg!

Harlen 2011-09-22 20:33:18 -0500 Report

Just know that you risk your life doing it
scairs me to know end
I would rather be fat and fit then dead ???
Best wishes

MEGriff1950 2011-09-22 11:51:38 -0500 Report

Wow that is really a tough decision to make. You did not state what type of diabets you have. Once I got a meal plan from a dietician and started following it I lost some weight without even trying. I have known several people who had both the bands and intestional by-pass, none were diabetic. All had many illnesses after the surgery for years. One gained back all he had lost on the by pass.
Along with consulting the surgeon I highly recommend a consultation with an Endocrinologist. They specialize in diabetes and might be able to give you some valuable information on what they have seen in patients who have had this done.
Good luck with your decision,

Abby888 2011-09-22 10:13:30 -0500 Report

You have to look at the pros and cons of having that type of surgery and do what's right for you. Its major surgery with a long recovery. My friend had it done and lost 100+lbs. But she had some complications too. I asked my doctor about having it done and he said it wasn't an option for me. Best of luck to you :)

spitfirelady 2011-09-22 09:55:10 -0500 Report

In my opinion, there are good things and things you should consider about any surgery that can be serious. It is truly your choice. There are recent studies, you are aware of since you have checked it out, that show that the band does not do what the shortening of the stomach does. The lap band will not reverse diabetes. There are many studies/evaluations online to start out.
I would highly suggest FIRST making an appointment with a Surgeon that has a high success rate (and has done many) with this surgery. Talk about your options with him, what works, your diet afterwards, any support groups to call or join in the area, etc.. then you can make an accurate decision for yourself. Take your husband with you! Take notes. After your doctors appointment and your discussion with him, post your options, encouraging you and discouraging you, on a list (on paper) and discuss all of them again with your husband. The best to you!

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