It sometimes amazes me how many people still think that the surgical option for weight loss is going to be easy.
I have more respect for the two surgeons who do the surgery at NSMC after tonight than I thought I possibly could. They were honest, but charismatic. They both focused on how much work even the preop would be.
They answered every question with patience. My favorite was the loose skin question. I’m glad I’m educated about loose skin (thank you weight watchers 100+ board). The surgeons basically gave the same answer that you read on the weight watchers board. There is no way to prevent loose skin and if it bothers you, start saving for surgery now.
There are some big commitments to having the surgery:
- No caffeine for at least a year
- No alchohol for at least a year
- No soda/sparkling water for at least a year
The last one is a big one for me. I can survive without soda, but no sparkling water? I love carbonation. I guess I need to decide which is more important to me.
The orientation confirmed for me tonight that I have absolutely no interest in gastric bypass. I don’t like the idea that "dumping syndrome" will happen if you eat certain things. I would like to learn to eat in moderation and the idea of never being able to have ice cream or chinese food ever again does not appeal to me. If I do the lap band, it will be a long time before I can have them again, but at least I will be able to have them occasionally.
I’m still not 100% sure that I’m going to have the surgery, but I am ready to move forward to at least make an appointment with the surgeon and continue exploring my options.