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  • Angry Rant about Gastric Bypass.

    How can a surgery that rearranges what evolution god or whatever you believe has made for us be ok. A surgery that is guaranteed to cause deficiencies be acceptable

    I have know several people go through this surgery and I currently have a friend so excited about her upcoming surgery. Everyone is happy about it 1 year out I haven't seen 1 person completely happy with it 5 years out.

    Was sister was morbidly obese like almost 400 lbs in her early 20's and doctors and media talked her into having this surgery. Yes she lost most of the weight. Yes she kept most of that off.. But she is still overweight technically obese. Takes more medication than our grandmother to prevent deficiencies and illness from the surgery. And has serious complications from surgery.. when discussed with gastric bypass specialist. Answer = these were listed as potential complications. Oh well sorry you are 26 and have to have these problems the rest of your life


    This makes me angry. It should be illegal. Just wanted to vent.

  • #2
    It really makes me angry too. It is very difficult for people to lose weight (or keep it off) on a CW diet because they suffer from hunger pangs and blood sugar roller coaster. Low carb is never even suggested to these patients.

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    • #3
      Makes me angry as well. I know of several people who have had either GB or the lap band, and they loose well in the initial days, and then stall. They STILL have to watch everything that they eat, watch portion control and excercise. And the issues from being nutrient deficient? The one friend I have, is a girl and she's loosing her hair! She wasn't that heavy to begin with either, only 270 lbs! I can see if the person is in the 400 range, but 270?

      It just goes to show that our medical system is quick to cut when given the chance.
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      • #4
        GB surgery makes me angry as well. They had a girl on Biggest Loser last season that had it done at 16! SIXTEEN! Those doctors should lose their license performing that surgery on a child.
        Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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        • #5
          It also makes me angry. A family member had it several years back and lost some weight. Today, she is bigger than before and wants to have it again!
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          • #6
            why would anyone get major surgery done electively without researching it extensively to discover possible side-effects?

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            • #7
              Doesn't so much make me angry, as sad. Before I discovered lower-carb eating (which has eventually morphed into Primal eating), I actually considered it. But the more I looked at it the more I realized it wasn't a solution. I was really turned off by the drastic changes that I'd have to make in eating in the first months after the surgery; the idea of having to rearrange my life to be able to eat that way just didn't sound at all practical. I didn't like the risks - at the time I'd already been through one non-elective surgery (gallbladder) that was relatively minor and there was no way I wanted to voluntarily put myself through a more significant surgery.

              Finally, I realized that it was going to do nothing to address the underlying issues. I had to figure that out on my own.
              "Sometimes, you need to make sure the angel on your shoulder has a wingman." -Me

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              • #8
                Isn't it strange that people are willing to totally change the way they eat in order to have surgery, but won't change the way they eat to NOT have surgery?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JenCat View Post
                  Isn't it strange that people are willing to totally change the way they eat in order to have surgery, but won't change the way they eat to NOT have surgery?
                  VERY strange.
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                  • #10
                    yeah, that's the piece that is really strange to me.

                    i mean, i do believe that there may be a place for these various GB surgeries and such. but, since you have to follow a strict diet and exercise regiment forever (or risk regaining and many other health issues) why not follow a strict diet and exercise regiment first and see if you can avoid surgery?

                    personally, i think that insurance should actually cover wellness/preventative care. a friend of mine chose to *gain* weight so she would qualify for the surgery because then the insurance covered the surgery and the post-operative 'wellness care' of nutritionist and physical therapy/personal training for a year. of course, the insurance company could have *saved* money if they: 1. paid for the gym membership for a year (could probably pay for two years); 2. paid for personal training for a year (they were going to do this anyway); and 3. paid for the dietician or nutritionists for a year (they were going to do this anyway). Then, they could have avoided paying for the costly surgery AND the medications and other health conditions that go on for life.

                    the funny thing about the US health insurance system: for all their carrying on about cutting costs and "preventative care" they actually do not facilitate the process effectively.

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                    • #11
                      What really grinds my gears is that I am paying for it. I work w/ 5 different people that had it and aside from the one poor bastard that died on the operating table they are all slowly regaining the weight AND now have the new nutrient uptake issues that will dog them for life.
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                      • #12
                        yeah, that really bothers me about it too.

                        my husband and i are super healthy and have been for a long time. the most we use in our insurance is our maintenance stuff (every other year physicals, baby's appointments, every 3-5 year eye exam, and twice a year dental cleanings and check ups). we are low risk in every way, and yet we are essentially paying for everyone else to not take care of themselves. *truly annoying*

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                        • #13
                          Im really starting to notice how almost everyone is looking for a quick fix to their weight. I think most people look at weight as a cosmetic issue and dont think all that much about their health.
                          Its scary to think that so many people consider this a reasonable option for weight loss and that they actually go through with the surgery.
                          Im not 100% sure but it dosent sound like anyone takes the time to explain to these poor people that they need to make a complete lifestyle change in order for the surgery to offer them any long term benefits.
                          If Someone was following in your footsteps, where would you be leading them?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MollyCat View Post
                            Its scary to think that so many people consider this a reasonable option for weight loss and that they actually go through with the surgery.
                            Im not 100% sure but it dosent sound like anyone takes the time to explain to these poor people that they need to make a complete lifestyle change in order for the surgery to offer them any long term benefits.
                            It's my understanding that they are required to undergo a certain amount of counseling and have to live under their new lifestyle/diet changes for a time period before having the surgery. IF that's true, then why the hell have the surgery??? Maybe I have a misunderstanding of the process.
                            Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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                            • #15
                              I don't remember where I saw it, but some organization that gets most of their funding from doctors and hospitals that do this surgery is pushing to change the guidelines for what would make a person eligible for the procedure. They are obviously looking to lower the standards so that anyone overweight could get the surgery if they want.

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