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~~ DEFENDING WLS ~~
~~ DEFENDING WLS ~~
~~ WLS ~~ Defending it ......another's opinion which is similar to my own.....
"After a lot of research and a very informative meeting with a bariatric surgeron, I have decided to pursue gastric bypass surgery. I applied to see this doctor over a year ago and I just got an appointment last week! So, even though I've been reading and researching for a while - I am still in the beginning stages.
The surgeon gave me a statistic that really got to me. She said that morbidly obese people (100 lbs over their ideal body weight and/or a BMI of 40 or higher) only have a 3-5% chance of losing weight by diet and exercise alone...and KEEPING it off for more than 5 years. That's not a very encouraging statistic.
It makes sense considering I've been doing nothing but "dieting" since I was in junior high and I'm currently at the heaviest weight in my life.
With this surgery, I will have a 95% chance of keeping the weight off for the rest of my life. That's certainly more encouraging. But, don't forget about the risks!
Personally, I'm in a good position because the stats are on my side. I'm young, I don't have any other serious medical problems and I'm a woman. Women tend to fare slightly better than men do in gastric bypass. So, I can't help but feel that the benefits of this surgery far outweigh the risks.
I've been dealing with some negative people however. People who say, "why can't you just lose the weight on your own?" or "you're too young for that!". Well, those are actually the EXACT reasons why I'm having the surgery. I haven't been able to lose weight on my own and I am young enough to endure an operation to PREVENT all those weight related health problems. Let's face it, if I could lose the weight on my own...would I be in this position? It's not like I haven't tried for years.
Anyway, I have a re-visit appointment on May 18th...when we should be able to put me on the surgery schedule. In the meantime, I have to get some bloodwork done and get a psychological evaluation. I'm not worried about either of those, and neither is my surgeon. It's just something everybody has to get done.
I'm excited and nervous. It's going to be quite a challenge, but I'm up for it. Heck, in the long run...I can't afford not to."
Wish me luck!
5/18/2005 7:03 pm
Good luck lady... I hope this works out for you|