I had Gastric Bypass surgery done in Sept. 2008. I weighed 259 pounds on the day of surgery. I had diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, achy joints...you name it.
I had no complications at all from this surgery. I had it done laproscopic, and only had 6 small cuts on my belly. The healing process was very fast and I was back to normal in no time at all. If you are willing to change your lifestyle, this surgery will help you become the person you only dreamed of being.
By change your lifestyle, I mean you need to be willing to completely change your eating habits, commit to taking vitamins the rest of your life, and exercise on a daily basis. These are the main things that you need to be willing to do because this is a life changing procedure.
In the beginning, I was only able to eat very small portions...I mean 1/4 cup of food if I was lucky, but it filled me up. I found it to be amazing that I could feel so full on such a small amount of food. That is the wonderful part of this whole surgery, your stomach gets full with a small amount of food, and if you try to overeat, you will pay the price with what is called dumping. That can consist of anything from vomiting to severe diarrhea.
After 1 year, I am able to eat a little more than 1/4 cup, but still not anything like I was able to eat before the surgery. I have kept a journal of my whole experience and I'm so glad I did. It is amazing to look back at the photos and wonder who that person it. I can't even remember looking like that. I also kept a chart of my measurements, again, it is amazing to watch the inches melt away.
After 1 year, I have lost 100 pounds, and a total of 60 inches off my body. I am a new person. I am now able to do some things that I only dreamed of doing before. I am now the owner of a bicycle. I am 49 years old, and I haven't had a bicycle since I was about 12. I went from wearing size 24 pants, to wearing size 10. I went from a 3X shirt to a size large (sometimes medium). It is a good feeling to be able to shop in the misses department and not the plus size. Shopping has actually become a fun thing to do now. This surgery has made me into a new person.
I have a whole new outlook on life. I am healthy, I feel healthy, and I am loving life now. My only regret is that I didn't do this years ago.