Hello new readers! It’s pretty amazing when I post twice in one day but I’ve been reading your blogs about having weight loss surgery or about to have it and I’m concerned for you all.
Since you’re new to my blog, I want to tell you about me. When I was 23, I weighed 406 pounds. I had a friend that said he was getting weight loss surgery so I watched him go through everything and then went under the knife myself. I had gastro-plasty which is nowhere near as severe as all of the different surgeries they have now. It is a metal band with staples underneath it. I still have it, it doesn’t move, I still have a small stomach pouch, BUT I only lost about 100 pounds with the actual surgery. Below is the scar from having surgery (I’m so glad it’s laparoscopic now).
When I was 30, I weighed 250 pounds. I got pregnant, which at 400 pounds, the doctors said would never happen (well, 25% chance). I had my son and only gained 40 pounds during the entire pregnancy and didn’t look pregnant until I was in my 9th month because I had all that space to hold him. After having the love of my life, I have struggled to lose the rest of this weight.
I’m not saying don’t have it, I know a lot of you are completely set on doing it like my friend Kate. Let me tell you though, you don’t HAVE to do that. It will not be easy, you will have setbacks, but you can lose weight without the surgery. I have seen too many people die or have serious complications from weight loss surgery. I have also seen the wonderful people that lost a bunch of weight just to eventually stretch out their pouch and gain it all back (like the guy I watched before my surgery). I worry about you, people I have never met, because you are about to make a life changing decision. You WILL lose weight with surgery. You will also have excess skin that you will have to pay over $20,000 to remove later (could be more or less). You will throw up, A LOT, with a small pouch for a stomach. If you are having the most serious surgery, the gastric bypass, do NOT even try to drink a soda or have a Hershey Kiss after surgery because you will go into dumping mode and lose 2-4 hours of time. That happened to my friend Kate when she tried to eat steak (she only took one bite).
The surgery works different for everybody, so take your time, read lots of people’s experiences. I’m glad I got mine but wouldn’t wish it on anybody. And I’m still struggling to lose my last 75 pounds, I’m finally only 25 pounds away from my goal, but it’s taken a long time. I never stretched out my pouch. I throw up when I eat too much or eat the wrong thing. I have ruined my teeth at the same time.
Please, I beg you, ask questions. Read everything you can. Take your time before jumping into this decision. Feel free to write me in the comments if you need help finding other bloggers that have had the surgery. Here are a couple of pictures of the excess skin I hide under my clothes every day. Even with donating the skin, I was told it’s going to cost me $15,000. So I’m stuck with this. I will live, I don’t take off my clothes much! Still sucks though.
If I turned you off of having surgery, I will not say I’m sorry. I know now, at 41, what I should have realized at 23. I need to watch my diet and get off my ass and walk. It’s taken me a year and half to lose 40 pounds but I’m getting there!