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Weight Loss Surgery and Suicide

Did you know that there is a higher suicide rate about 2-3 years after weight loss surgery? I saw a news story on it recently and really liked what it had to say.

Unfortunately, too many people think that bariatric surgery is going to solve all their problems. If I were only skinny, we think, my entire life would be different. Continue reading

How Young Is Too Young For Weight Loss Surgery?

I’ve mentioned this topic before (Weight Loss Surgery For Teens?). But a new article came out yesterday (The Battle Over Childhood Obesity: Weighing The Risks), and it really made me mad. I was a little undecided before, when you’re talking about 16 or 17 year-old kids. But this article talks about children as young as 13 having weight loss surgery.

First off, I can totally relate to the pain of being “the fat kid.” I remember being picked on, humiliated and ignored by boys. I know what it does to your self esteem, and how hard it can be to lose the weight.

I’m also a parent who’s struggled to help a child battle extra weight. It’s hard, and it can be expensive to buy healthier foods in place of the junk that kids would much rather eat. It takes constant vigilance, and a willingness to be “the bad guy” when your kid really wants that extra helping.

But even though I understand the difficulties, I just cannot imagine allowing my 13 year old son to undergo weight loss surgery. Too many things can go wrong, and besides – being 13 is tough enough without the extra mental roller coaster that weight loss surgery brings on.

Yet there are apparently a growing number of parents perfectly willing to shove their children under the knife rather than act like parents and help them lose weight on their own. Continue reading

Study Finds Diabetics, Those With Larger Pouches Lose Less Weight After Gastric Bypass

Well, I thought this was very interesting.

According to a study published this week in the Archives of Surgery, it seems that diabetics may lose less weight after having GBP.

Part of what’s so interesting about this is the fact that other studies have shown gastric bypass surgery to be an effective treatment for diabetes.

In this study, however, 310 people were checked 12 months after having surgery. The average weight loss was 60% of their excess. But 38 of those patients had lost less than 40% of their excess weight, at least one losing as little as 8%.

When they researchers tried to figure out what the people with poor results had in common, they found two things: diabetes and a larger pouch. Continue reading

The 10 Most Common Mistakes Weight Loss Surgery Patients Make

Thanks again to Suzanne at the Thinner Times Forum. She posted this article from the National Association For Weight Loss Surgery. I love their tagline: “Because Weight Loss Surgery Isn’t Magic.”

How true! (Try telling it to the “easy way out” folks, tho!)

I’m guilty of #’s 6, 7 and 8. How about YOU?

The 10 Most Common Mistakes Weight Loss Surgery Patients Make
National Association For Weight Loss Surgery

While weight loss surgery (WLS) is considered the most successful treatment for morbid obesity, it is just the first step toward a fresh start. Weight regain is a common phenomenon, as is illness when weight loss surgery patients do not follow recommended guidelines. Continue reading

Gastric Bypass: Benefits Other Than Weight Loss

Seems having a gastric bypass will do more than just help you lose weight. According to this article from the American Society For Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery, systems all over your body can see dramatic gastric bypass surgery benefits.

Suzanne at the Thinner Times Forum (great forum, by the way!) posted the following image. It really makes the point!

Gastric Bypass Benefits

Reprinted with permission of The Cleveland Clinic Center for Medical Art & Photography © 2007. All Rights Reserved

Personally, I have experience with polysystic ovarian syndrome and metabolic syndrome, sciatica, migraines, depression, and possibly sleep apnea (needing a sleep study on that one – if I have it, it hasn’t gone away yet.)

So how do my co-morbidities stack up? Continue reading

Gastric Bypass Increased My Life Insurance Rates

Here’s a side effect to gastric bypass you may not have thought of.

So DH and I are getting life insurance. Most of it is on him. But for my portion, I was surprised at how they treated the fact that I’d had gastric bypass surgery. Continue reading

After Gastric Bypass: Being Comfortable In Your Own Skin

I recently saw this report on FoxNews.com about a woman who’d lost 185 pounds through Gastric Bypass. The problem? Now she has hanging skin.

It’s something to consider. As I work my way down the scale, it’s certainly starting to bother me. Sure, I look great with clothes ON, but come bath time… all I can say is YUCK.

How are you dealing with it? Or, how do you plan to? My insurance company told me up front that they would not pay for plastics after my gastric bypass. And with costs in the thousands, well… Let’s just say I’m looking around for another idea. I’ll let you know if I find one.

Till then, check this story out:


Goodbye, Gall Bladder

I really thought I would be over it by now.

But here I am, 10 days out from having my gall bladder removed, and I’m still hurting and woozy. I can’t do the things I want to do.

What, you might ask, does having my gall bladder out have to do with gastric bypass surgery? Continue reading