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Lauren
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@Megan123 30667 wrote:

Hi,

I came on these boards just over a year ago as I had joined a NHS diet group that also deals with gastric bypass operations. At the time I really wanted to try and lose weight without surgery, but at 54 years old and now in menopause I found that very difficult. I weigh 16.5 stone and have diabetes type 2 and now on insulin and tablets. I also have Fibromyalgia.

Tried to do a lot of research on bypass as the weight is not coming off naturally. I do not eat a lot in-between meals, but my portion sizes are too big, although I eat healthy. I have been on so many diets in the past, lose weight but cannot maintain it and always end up back were I started, plus a few pounds more! This I fear has almost made me fear diets as I just get bigger in the long run! When eating I know when Im full and can leave food once that happens, but the comfort I get from food is the “full” feeling, so figure with bypass that feeling will come on with much less food which will help. But (there is always a but!) I am totally terrified of hospital procedures (long story but bad experience with my son after road accident).

A seminar I attended on gastric bypass said 1 in 200 die from the operation, which in its self is terrifying, after all you do this to better your life not die!
Complications seem familiar with many having more opertaions to put things right, which would cripple me with my fear of hospital issues.
I also have stomach issues as I have mild gastritis and IBS, are these things made worse with bypass? I believe they cut the bowel and re-attach it to new pouch? Do you have issues with bowel movements after this surgery?
Loose skin also concerns me. My stomach over hangs now and due to having a open hysterectomy in 2000, the scar sits under the over hang and I find I have to lift it and wash carefully there everyday – Im thinking the bypass will leave me with lots of loose skin over hanging that is unsightly and needs this care daily. Do any of you have this problem and how do you, when dressed, hide all this loose skin?

Thanks
Megan.

Hi Megan and welcome to our friendly forum.

You are sensible to have concerns about undergoing major surgery – it is always a daunting prospect. However, what you have to consider is this: by doing nothing and remaining overweight/obese, you are putting enormous pressure on your system and risking getting worse until there are no further options.

I can assure you that one of the things said most often about wls is: ‘I wish I had done it sooner’. Myself included. I too am 55 this year and have bad Asthma and fibro. I ended up 26+ stone and literally fading away. I had high blood pressure, an enormous heart, and was almost completely immobile. Don’t let it get to that stage. If I had not had surgery i would have died in 3-5 years. That was 5.5 years ago!

As for the loose skin – what is worse: dying of obesity related diseases or having to wear a sturdy bra and control pants? I sold my soul to the bank manager and paid for my apronectomy. I was going to have my arms and boobs done too but am not sure it is absolutely necessary now. The most important thing to me is that I am HERE.

IBS can be lessened with wls. If you wish to know this categorically, I can ask one of our surgeons for you. Send me a private message on here with your details if you wish to know. As for risk, you are only 16.5 stone. In wls terms you are a lightweight so I think you may not be as risky as many of us who have had it but don’t quote me on that as I am not a clinician.

I think it would be very beneficial to you to attend a free consultation with one of our surgeons. Please call 0800 157 7033 or email: info@streamline-surgical.com if you would like to arrange it. It is free and without obligation. you have nothing to lose – but weight.

I hope this is useful to you. Please feel free to ask as many questions on here as you can think of. An informed choice is always best.

Doodah x

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