Do you believe in having weight loss surgery

@tammytwo (4303)
United States
October 22, 2006 12:53pm CST
I do. I had gastric bypass in May of this year and have lost 85 pounds. I was borderline diabetic and had back problems and weight induced asthma. I no longer have any of those problems.
13 responses
@sandie61 (2359)
• United States
12 Nov 06
wow! way to go on your weight loss. I believe in the surgery. was it very painful? are there a lot of risks involved? how long did the surgery take? congrats again on your weight loss.
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@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
13 Nov 06
It wasn't very painful. My surgeon sent me home with pain meds. My surgery took about 6 hours but most are shorter. I had a hernia repaired and once I was cut open, surgeon said my insides were lower than they should have been so they had to make more cuts to move the camera around because it was done laproscopically. There are some risks as with any surgery. Check out www.obesityhelp.com for more info.
@sandie61 (2359)
• United States
14 Nov 06
thanks for your reply and also the website. I spent alot of time reading on the site.
@sandie61 (2359)
• United States
14 Nov 06
thanks for your reply and also the website. I spent alot of time reading on the site.
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• South Africa
19 Nov 06
I had the operation done last week and I am at home now recovering. I have a discussion on gastric bypass where I manage a diary. Feel free to check it out.
@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
19 Nov 06
Good lcuk with your journey. The first few weeks I missed food very much but now I don't even like to eat anymore most of the time. Never thought I would be saying that.
• South Africa
1 Jan 07
You are absolutely right.I missed food in the beginning.But now I dont even think of it.I force myself to eat some veggies and fruit.
• United States
19 Nov 06
A lot of my moms friends have done it. But I dont beleive in it. Though they have lost a lot of weight. I think theres just to many risk involved. I'm trying to loose the old fashion way.
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@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
19 Nov 06
Are you aware that only 3% of those that lose "the old fashioned way" keep it off permanently. I wasn't just 10 to 15 pounds overweight. The surgery is for those that are 100 pounds or more overweight. I was about 150 pounds overweight and tried "the old fashioned way" to lose. I had to starve myself literally to even lose a pound, that was while exercising 2 to 3 hours per day.
@gnt23tr (1015)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Maybe but i dont really believe this things. And i think is risky no?
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• United States
9 Nov 06
tammy i had mine 2 months after you and i feel great 60lbs gone and told iam on schedule with losing the weight i would do it again if i had to
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@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
12 Nov 06
That is awesome. I would do it over again too if I had to. It is the best thing I have done for myself ever.
@prue187 (517)
• United States
2 Nov 06
Well if it's really necessary I have no problem with it. I know that gastric bypass had helped people especially those who are obese. If the surgery helped ones help why not go under the knife.
@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
2 Nov 06
Thank you for your response. I know it has made a big difference in my life.
• India
31 Oct 06
Yes but it is depend on the persone who is losing his weight.
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@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
2 Nov 06
Thank you for your response.
@taraka (717)
• India
14 Nov 06
yes i believe it
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@Jetdanet (1030)
• Portugal
9 Nov 06
i think they are the best. cause people can be really harmed on their body and mind and soul doing that long long diets. i think surgery or medical option is the best. and i believe if the person that do that can have medical assistance to the pos-surgery so it would be ok fast.
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• South Africa
1 Jan 07
I had the operation - Gastric Bypass done in November 2006.I weighed 120kg and I weigh 98kg now and still losing wait. It was a very painful operation but it is worth it. You just need to take care of yourself and eat lots of fruit and vegies. My hubby even says that I stopped snoring.LOL
@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Way to go. Good luck in losing the extra weight and becoming healthier.
@Aali311 (6127)
• United States
14 Nov 06
I think it's ok, especially if your health is in danger, I know someone who did it, she was really over weight, she's now losing alot of weight, I'm glad to hear your success story. Congrats and keep it up.
@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
14 Nov 06
Thank you! I am down 94 pounds now. I have lost a whole small person. It is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I also follow doctor's orders and exercise. The surgery was just a tool to help me get started.
@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
12 Nov 06
well, it depends on how obese you are. if you are a few pounds overweight and are too lazy to exercise, then no, you shouldnt have weight loss surgery. you should get off your lazy fat butt and do some exercise. but if you are so obese that exercise wont make much of a difference, then i guess its ok. for me, i would prefer to not even let myself get to the point where i would even need weight loss surgery, but i know there are different situations that can make a person get to that point so i dont want to judge.
@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
14 Nov 06
I was very disappointed with myself for getting that way but it wasn't because I was lazy. Most of my family is fairly heavy and we are short so that makes us look even bigger. I had to starve myself in high school to stay at an average weight. I had a child when I was 17 and from then on I just quit taking time to take care of myself. I was too busy being a mom and taking care of the house. I let myself get too heavy and I know that. But by no means at all would I say I was just lazy. I tried to get the weight off on my own for about 6 years before I even considered surgery as an option. Now I wish I would have done it sooner. It is said that only 3% of those that lose with diet and exercise will keep it off long term.
@kesfylstra (1870)
• United States
12 Nov 06
For someone who is chronically obese to the point, like you, where it is affecting their health. My great-aunt was on the point of being told she would die shortly, but got the gastric bypass and is doing much better. Not wonderful,she still hasto walk with a walker, but she is alive and well.