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Honest opinions on weight loss surgery

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  • OddDittyOddDitty Member Posts: 248 Member Member Posts: 248 Member
    Jetrail wrote: »
    Hi , i was looking for some honest opinions on weight loss surgeries such as gastric bypass and sleeves etc. While it's great people are bettering their health do you feel the person who makes hard lifestyle changes and loses the weight on their own works harder ? Is it wrong to feel that way? . I guess to me when you decide to change your lifestyle and really grind for what you want health wise it seems slot harder vs losing weight with surgical help, maybe I'm wrong but I'd like some opinions, like I said it's still grwat when anyone betters their lifestyle

    Maybe it depends on why you're doing it? I have a friend who had to get it because she had to lose the weight quickly to save her life. It worked and she's doing wonderfully.

    And then there's those for whom weight loss is a major issue (see MY 600 POUND LIFE) where there's also a time factor in saving the life or in controlling diabetes.

    But if a person can demonstratively lose the weight, why put yourself through that pain? I knew a woman years ago who needed to lose 100 pounds. And she had no threatening conditions. She just wanted to get thinner faster.

    She ended up with a bunch of sagging skin (which can happen and has happened to me without surgery, but not as badly).

    She then went back to her old ways and regained 50. I felt very bad for her!

    This is just my opinion based on what I've seen. It really seems to be a matter of why you want it as to whether or not you should get it.
  • twatson4936twatson4936 Member Posts: 121 Member Member Posts: 121 Member
    If you make no lifestyle changes then this will just be a temporary fix, I've seen people do this and lose a ton of weight only to gain most of it back many years later. I have also seen it cause health issues, like bowel obstruction.
  • lcoulter23lcoulter23 Member Posts: 565 Member Member Posts: 565 Member
    I'm 10 weeks post op, 11 weeks tomorrow. I had to do a year of medically supervised weight loss before insurance would cover it. I had gastric bypass. I lost almost 50 pounds preop. Most was while on a mostly liquid diet because my stomach didn't digest food correctly. I'm now down to 254 from 340. I'm still on mostly liquids because my tiny stomach doesn't tolerate much and my taste buds have changed drastically, but if I hadn't made the changes pre-op, in preparation for surgery, I'm not sure I would ve doing as well as I am. I did have to have a second procedure because of complications, but it was all worth it just because my digestion problem seems to be fixed. I'm also off of a handful of meds I was on before surgery. Surgery is only a tool. If you aren't willing to put in the hard work, it will not be a success. I watch what I eat and stay on plan every day. This was my last resort, and it was worth it to me just to be able to eat a tiny bit of real food again. My stomach is the size of 3 baby fingers put together in a fist. My max consumption is about an ounce at a time. I'm still learning my full signal. Also, I have to force myself to eat because I'm never hungry. My foos I can eat right now are cheese, yogurt, and sometimes chicken thigh or hamburger meat and mashed potatoes.
  • WillingtoLose1001984WillingtoLose1001984 Member Posts: 241 Member Member Posts: 241 Member
    jgnatca wrote: »
    I had the gastric bypass and the results have been life-changing. I most appreciate getting my mobility back, though getting off all my medications was a big plus.

    I had the gastric sleeve and it has changed my life. I am now in onederland from highest weight of 330. I had such a hard time losing weight before because I was a volume eater and severely depressed. I've had to deal with the depression and exercise but it is so much easier to lose weight. I know I will have to keep up the discipline because I get hungry when I don't exercise. It is still a lifestyle change and mindset change. I try to eat healthy and I take my vitamins every day. I have a more physical job which helps burn calories too. I try to burn as much as I can most every day. I hate being fat. I've been that way my entire life and I want to be thin now. The wls gave me so much hope that I can get there and not struggle so much with food every day.
  • cinger0439cinger0439 Member, Premium Posts: 5 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5 Member
    Why are we spending time judging each other via a procedure? Doesn't the world do that enough? I suggest each person do the research, understand what works best for themselves, and does what they need to do. Sharing stories on personal journey's and supporting each other seems more productive and human to me.
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 25,993 Member Member Posts: 25,993 Member
    I had to look back through here but @janejellyroll is correct. You've been here quite awhile, so you know the drill. You might want to start your own group or join another for support.
  • missysippy930missysippy930 Member Posts: 2,432 Member Member Posts: 2,432 Member
    cinger0439 wrote: »
    Why are we spending time judging each other via a procedure? Doesn't the world do that enough? I suggest each person do the research, understand what works best for themselves, and does what they need to do. Sharing stories on personal journey's and supporting each other seems more productive and human to me.

    I think there are multiple threads on WLS in the "Motivation and Support" area. Those are going to be geared towards what you're looking for. This is the "Debate" section, where we tend to get more into our personal opinions and assessment of the overall pros and cons of things.

    Besides, @cinger0439 this is a two year old thread. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member, Premium Posts: 24,843 Member Member, Premium Posts: 24,843 Member
    cinger0439 wrote: »
    Why are we spending time judging each other via a procedure? Doesn't the world do that enough? I suggest each person do the research, understand what works best for themselves, and does what they need to do. Sharing stories on personal journey's and supporting each other seems more productive and human to me.

    I think there are multiple threads on WLS in the "Motivation and Support" area. Those are going to be geared towards what you're looking for. This is the "Debate" section, where we tend to get more into our personal opinions and assessment of the overall pros and cons of things.

    Besides, @cinger0439 this is a two year old thread. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Haha, oops! Completely missed that!
  • aimeekate19aimeekate19 Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
    I see this a lot on Instagram. It's the "I lost weight naturally" statement that drives me up the wall. Weight loss surgery is just a tool. That's it. Almost all of the people I personally know that have had it (some the sleeve and a few the gastric bypass - RouxNY) grind it out in the gym on the regular and watch what they eat. The one or two that don't do this have gained back quite a bit of the weight. One is almost at the same weight she was when she got the surgery. By 4 years out, the sleeved patient's stomach has gotten big enough that if they make bad choices when eating, they will gain weight just as easily as someone who has not had the surgery. Sure, they lose weight rapidly in the beginning - they're only allowed to eat first liquids and then soft foods. Their stomach is still healing and swollen for quite a while after surgery. After that initial period, more effort has to be expended.

    Sure, you could easily see this as a waste of money but for the vast amount of people that get this done, it does save their life and create new and healthier habits.

    If you only remember one thing from my post, it's this - everyone has to work at losing weight, whether they have had the surgery or not. It's just the tools they use to do it don't look the same.
  • B_Plus_EffortB_Plus_Effort Member, Premium Posts: 311 Member Member, Premium Posts: 311 Member
    the people I know who have gotten the surgeries have gained most of the weight back
  • VeryKatieVeryKatie Member Posts: 5,795 Member Member Posts: 5,795 Member
    I'm under the impression someone who gets surgery has to be even more diligent, plus survive and recover from a surgery.
    edited October 2020
  • tgillies003tgillies003 Member, Premium Posts: 353 Member Member, Premium Posts: 353 Member
    My mom had her stomach stapled 36 years ago. Honestly, it ruined her life. She was never really ever able to eat a proper meal after that. In the first year she did lose a whole bunch of weight. Over the next 6 years gained half of it back. Then decided to make some sustainable lifestyle changes. After doing that, she lost the weight and kept it off.
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