People contemplating bariatric surgery are often concerned about how they might change and whether or not that would be a positive thing. Let's talk about that.
Certainly after bariatric surgery, you can expect to lose a lot of weight over the subsequent 12-24 months. Obviously, the physical change will be apparent not just to you but to those around you. More than one patient has told me that "it is literally like losing another person."
It can take time to adjust to this physical change. Your center of balance will be different. You will move with more ease. You may go to the clothing section that you used to only to find that those clothes are too big for you! You will not need a seat belt extender, and you will comfortably fit into a chair or booth. It won't hurt to climb stairs, and you will be able to get on the floor to play with your children or grandchildren. Many of our patients tell me that they get colder more quickly. This is because they do not have the degree of visceral (internal) fat that they used to have. Fat tissue is insulating. It keeps us warm. You may have excess skin that sags. That may be something you will eventually wish to remedy through surgical reconstruction.
Changes that one experiences after bariatric surgery and weight loss also involve psychological, intrapersonal, and interpersonal components as well. Read more...
"If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies" - Unknown
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Surgery for Weight Loss Seminars
Thursdays 5/13, 6/3, 6/24
Bozeman Surgery Support Group
Wednesday, 5/17, 6/16 at 5:30pm
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My name is Augusta, and I have been big my entire life. I grew up in Deer Lodge, MT, and let me tell you - nothing is crueler than being big and odd in a small town. By the time I was in the 6th grade, my weight was 195lbs. Throughout high school, I weighed about 225lbs. After that, it went up and up. By the time I was 24, I was at my top weight of 287lbs. I hurt all of the time - my back, my legs, my feet - every inch of me was hurting. I took a lot of medication every day to treat the pain. I had an assortment of health problems - PCOS, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Fatty Liver Disease, and Pre-Diabetes. All of these things I tried to laugh off calling them a side effect of FAD (Fat A** Disease)!
Let us not forget all of the other things that come along with being so big- no longer being able to fit into a booth at a restaurant, having the biggest pant size at Wal-Mart get too tight, not being able to tie your shoes or cut your toenails....There was always the discomfort of being hot and sweaty, too - but - the worst of all - the looks and comments I would get from people as I went about my day to day living. I began to hate myself for what I had become.
Like everybody out there, I had tried many different diets; some working for awhile - some not much at all - but in the end - the weight always came back plus some. I love to eat, and most of my activities revolved around doing so.
Going to a doctor and weighting in at 287lbs was a turning point for me. I thought that if this is what I weigh at 24, what am I going to weigh at 34? I had thought about Gastric Bypass Surgery before but was not educated about it. I worked with a lady who had undergone the procedure, and she looked amazing. I decided to talk to her. Read more...
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