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Surgery, anyone?

Postby nolafoodie » Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:36 pm

I'm just curious: how many of you have had or have seriously contemplated weight loss surgery? Is anyone currently in the process of getting evaluated or approved? If so, let's get together and compare notes!

-N., roux-en-y gastric bypass 7/24/2006, down about 135 lbs. from highest weight (before pregnancy, that is ;) ).
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Postby sockpuppet » Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:11 am

I thought about it and was even taking the steps to get approved by my insurance a number of years ago. Then my company switched insurers and I could no longer get it covered. I'm glad I didn't. I have sloooooowly loosed the weight. My highest was 246 currently I am around 194. Still have 24 more to go to be happy.

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Postby new cook » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:23 pm

IMHO, surgery for weight control should only be done as a last resort, and if there are immediate health concerns. Otherwise, losing it the old-fashioned way -- slowly, and by addressing one's lifestyle and relationship to food -- is the healthiest way to go.

I know of someone on the board who did lap band surgery last year, and in my non-virtual life I knew of one person who did stomach stapling. In the latter's case, it seemed to create more problems than it helped. There's another person in my non-virtual life who was considering stomach bypass surgery -- she needs to lose around 150 pounds -- but decided in the long run she'd be better off making the harder day-to-day life changes.

If you're seeking the advice of a doctor, make sure they're a specialist in bariatrics or are at least knowledgeable about health and nutrition. It seems most traditional doctors are still only trained in treating disease, not creating health.

The quality of advice from nutritionists can vary, too. I accompanied my husband to one several years ago during the height of the low-carb craze, and apparently this nutritionist had bought into it. Here was my husband, predisposed to high cholesterol, and she told him to go ahead and eat as much sausage and fatty protein as he wanted. :shock: :roll: When we left her office I told him she didn't know her *** from a hole in the ground, but he decided to take her advice anyway. As predicted, his cholesterol went through the roof and he had to go back on medication. He listens to me now. I may not have the letters after my name, but I know a heckuvalot more than she did. :?

Sorry, got off on a tangent there.... I'll PM you who to contact for first person experience with lap band surgery.
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