There’s been a flurry of articles this week regarding pregnancy after bariatric surgery. Researchers looked at both gastric bypass and Lap Band® patients to see if their pregnancies were negatively affected.
It’s only been a few days since research hit that showed getting pregnant after gastric bypass to be easier. This research goes one step further to see how the prior bariatric surgery impacts the pregnancy.
And the findings are good! Continue reading
How personal is the decision to have gastric bypass surgery? Is it something you can or should keep a secret, or is it even possible to hide?
I’ve always been very self-conscious about my weight. Very embarrassed about being overweight. So if it were possible to hide the fact that I was having surgery, I would possibly have tried. But I belong to a very tight-knit church, where at least half-a-dozen others had recently had surgery. I knew people would figure it out.
So I opted to be open. When asked (as everyone who loses weight is) “how’d you do it?” I answer honestly. Of course, a hundred other questions usually follow, and I’ve gotten used to answering those as well.
But not everyone is comfortable telling others about such a personal decision. Some feel the issue is just too private. Others don’t want to subject themselves to possible ridicule or hearing negative comments. I can certainly understand that. But choosing to keep your decision private has risks, too, if you don’t handle it right. Continue reading
I’m often asked how I made the decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery as opposed to the Lap Band.
For me, the fact that the Lap Band is so easily reversible and adjustible was a negative. I know me all to well, and if there was a way out during the difficult times I’d take it. I wanted, needed, something permanent.
Not everyone feels that way. One of the plans I have for this site is a comprehensive section detailing the pros and cons of both procedures to help people make that decision. When I do, the following information will certainly be a part of it: Continue reading