Gastric bypass what do you think??

United States
April 28, 2007 11:37pm CST
I had Gastric Bypass 3 years ago. I was 235 pounds. Being i am only 4'11 and very small bone i was pretty over weight. I had high blood pressure so bad i had to go to the hospital to get my heart rate and blood pressure down. I've had to have back surgeries because my weight was costing me to have herniated disk. I could not walk in the mall or on the beach without having to stop and find a place to sit down and rest. I wore a size 22. Finding clothes that looked good on me was the pits. I had to go into the plus size. Which i hated so much. It took me forever to find clothes that fit me. Anyway, I had the weight loss surgery about 3 years ago. I'm down to 116 pounds now and in a size 3 I no longer have high blood pressure and i can walk for miles. I still have some problem's with my disk but it is not getting worse. Some of my friends are obese and is afraid to get weight loss surgery. A few of them gave in and had the surgery and tells me it is the best thing thay every did. It is a life changing decision. A decision you will have to live the rest of your life with. There is a web site that i went to before my decision to have Gastric Bypass and after going there reading up on it i decided to have the surgery. If you want to do some research go to obesityhelp.com Don't forget WWW. After you go there come back and let us know what you think. Debra
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@bornraf (229)
• United States
29 Apr 07
I think is a drastic solution for a drastic proble. We all know that obesity is a big problem in modern society. Life style changes has produced this problem. We eat more and excersise less. Sometimes we can get rid of the problem by changing those bad habits but sometime the problem is out of our hand. I think the gastric bypass should be done only when the problem is really big
• United States
29 Apr 07
Yes bornraf i think you are so right about having the gastric bypass should be done when the problem is out of hand. A weight problem gets out of control so fast. It was out of hand with me. I took meds for my high blood pressure and it did no good. My Doctor change my meds and it still did not good. Gastric bypass is not for everyone but it worked for me. Thank goodness. No more pills and high blood pressure. We went to the USS alabama battle ship the other day and it was wonderful not being out of breath and hurting so bad. There was alot of walking up and down steep stairs. Climbing under and over. It felt wonderful to beable to live again.
• United States
5 Nov 08
You can find me on obesityhelp.com as well. Just look me up under my e-mail anjelskisses@yahoo.com I have since lost more weight though. I now weigh 132 lbs. Check it out!!! I can't and wont tell other people what to do but If had the choice to make all over again I would! The only advice I can give for people who wondering about rather or not to have the surgery is this...research....research....research... Research the type of surgeries Check out your insurance company of how much they will pay and what is covered Check out the mortality rate of your surgeon and how long he/she has been doing this. How many surgeries have they done. Examine your health and mental status and rather or not you are willing to take the risk Talk to others who have had weight loss surgeries. Even those who have had devasting results. Research the statistics. Then if you decide to do the surgery make sure you have lots of support and see a good nutritionist. Good Luck!!
• United States
22 Jun 08
Congratulations mishkamouse!! That takes work and as you can tell, it's well worth it! I too have had surgery and you can read my story on www.obesityhelp.com (sophia1865). It was a last resort for me as well, I've tried almost every diet. The surgery has totally changed my life! I lost about 125 lbs but unfortunately didn't follow the rules and regained most of my weight. Now I'm almost back down to my goal weight. Surgery only changes the physical aspects of your body but not your mental aspects. Surgery is the easy part (1st year is the easiest). The work comes in when you don't change your eating habits and don't follow the rules. I've tried to break every rule out there and have learned not too. Luckily before it was too late. Think long and hard before having the surgery and prepare to totally change your eating habits in which to be successful. It was the best decision I've ever made. Just remember, FOLLOW THE RULES!!! Good luck to all who are about to go through it or who have gone through it.
• United States
24 May 07
I'm at least 100 pounds overweight and seriously thinking about having surgery but I'm really scared to. I keep putting it off as a last resort but it sounds like it was a real lifesaver for you. Thank you for sharing your experience. I'll check the website out. Thanks again!