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The Dark Side Of Weight Loss Surgery: Final Remarks - March 6, 2017

Monday, March 06, 2017

Thank you all for taking the time to comment on my blog about weight loss surgery. Let me add some photos so you have a better understanding of what these surgeries entail:

GASTRIC SLEEVE - 2/3 of your stomach gets cut away, including the elements for transporting Vitamin B12. Here's a great graphic, including the pros and cons of the surgery;

GASTRIC BYPASS - Exactly what it says: The majority of the stomach is bypassed (only a pouch remains) and is then attached directly to the lower part of the intestine.

These are PERMANENT procedures.

One last comment: There is someone on SP who after losing about 150 pounds, was stymied by no further weight loss, and actually gained back 40 pounds. This individual decided to have a permanent bypass procedure, and proudly showed off the resultant weight loss. What bothers me very much about this SP motivator, immediately after the surgery, this person was given VERY SPECIFIC instructions on what foods could and could not be eaten in the immediate post-op period. So what did this person do? Went right away to the food that was not supposed to be eaten, with the expected results: The person became violently ill. THIS is the problem I have with these procedures. And the personal page that belongs to this individual is no longer accessible. Draw your own conclusions.


AUTHOR'S EDIT: This blog, as well as the previous one, is meant to be educational and informative. Nothing mentioned here, is meant to replace a physician's or surgeon's counsel.

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    Exactly why I could never justify even contemplating weight loss surgery - the mental and spiritual issues still had to be dealt with.

    1042 days ago
    My neighbors, a senior couple, both had bypass surgery and lost roughly #100 each. He's kept most of it off. She has not. The habits must be addressed and dealt with, or the patient learns to circumvent the surgery, ignore the eating plan, and regain the weight, often with a few visits to hospital due to blockages. I SO want this to work, but IMO, it isn't there just yet. I wish every possible bit of good luck to those to have it done!!!
    1370 days ago
    I have a friend who had the sleeve. I was not aware of B-12 issue! Just sent her a message!
    1525 days ago
    A real public service: you are providing very valuable info!!
    1525 days ago
    I think you are very brave to put this out here on this site... I have commented in the past about altering one's physiology, and I don't do it anymore. The backlash is often tremendous.

    What makes me so very sad is that, for too many, weight loss is so often the goal with no thought to the future... as it is for anyone who skips from 'diet' to 'diet'. Even here, SparkPeople's lifestyle focus remains off most people's radar. The only thing that matters to too many is simply how to get the weight off fast, no matter the price paid to do so.

    I get that for some people quality of life due to extreme weight is so severely impacted as to balance out the risks of weight loss surgery, but I believe that weight loss surgery remains unnecessary, and there are MANY people here starting at upwards of 300-600 lbs. (many of the immobile when they start their journey) who have proven just that.

    There are also MANY here who have lost the weight quickly with weight loss surgery, had all of the suggested 'skin surgeries' (and anyone who has seen My 600 lb. Life knows that it's not just 'skin' that is being cut away, because WLS still leaves behind a significant amount of subcutaneous fat) enjoyed a year or two at goal weight, and then regained it all, plus... and they are back here struggling even more, because their altered physiology now makes it much more difficult to eliminate fat by conventional 'dieting'.... Of course, everyone believes they will not be in these particular shoes.

    It's taken me 8, at times, very long years to eliminate almost 100 pounds, and I'm not done yet. I have been very frustrated, and sad, and angry, and jealous, and overwhelmed... and many, many, many times I've longed for a quicker solution (notice I didn't say easier), but I would never alter my body so permanently... nor would I trade the lessons, the victories, the gifts the last 8 years have given me.


    1526 days ago
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    1526 days ago
    That's it . . . . exactly. These procedures are permanent. They have serious side affects. If you don't change your behaviors, it will result in serious problems.

    NOT to be entered into lightly, that's for sure.
    1526 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Surgery should only be considered if it is the last resort. It is very serious and it does have it's downfalls. I often thought of it as a quick fix, but it is not, because if you don't change your behaviors you will gain the weight back, plus do damage even further to your body.

    I'm sticking with changing the behaviors. That's what got me here in the first place.

    Take care.
    1526 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/6/2017 5:18:25 PM
    Wow! Just reaffirms the fact that without behavioral changes, the surgery will not be successful for sustainable weight loss! Thanks for this update!
    1526 days ago
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