Scheduled for Sleeve but having doubts-afraid of complications and afraid I won't lose weight.
- Ohio, OH
- 10 months ago
Hi- I am new to this forum. A little background on me: I am 46 yrs old, 220 pds, 5'3 and have been this weight for about 7 years. Before that I weighed around 170-180 pds. And more than 10 years ago, I was a mere 130-140 pds and 20 years ago, I was barely 115. The older I get (46 now), the more weight I gain and the harder it is to lose. I've been tested for hypothyroidism, etc. It's like a switch flipped in my body's metabolism. It's been a very frustrating past 10 years because I've tried every diet and I might lose 10 pds and after that, nothing....for months I diet and nothing more. I've been to nutritionists/dietitians/weight loss drs. They all tell me that sometimes this happens, it can be hormones and/or genetics. They said the likelihood of me ever losing it on my own is slim to none. That I'm more likely to gain even if I continue to diet. Am I alone here? Has anyone else ever had this problem? I'm not a huge overeater although I have definitely given up maintaining a healthy diet all the time because I feel pretty hopeless about it at this point. So, I finally decided to take drastic measures and the process for weight loss surgery. I've been approved by my insurance and I'm scheduled on Mar 23rd. At first, I was super excited but now I'm having doubts for several reasons. One-what if I still don't lose weight??? Could that be possible? Second- I had my preop EGD yesterday and found out I have a hiatal hernia. I have also suffered with GERD for years! I really don't want to have to be on a PPI (so many bad things about being on them long term) for the rest of my life. I just take famotidine now (H2). I've read GERD is really bad after the SG. What about osteoporosis? I've read that it's almost inevitable in women who've had ANY kind of weight loss surgery. I have just recovered from a broken ankle and foot and I never want to go through that again!! I'm basically terrified!!!! This is all I've wanted for years--the opportunity to really lose weight and be fit again. And now that this is all here, I'm so scared I just don't know if I can go through with it. I've read a lot about the SG and people who had GERD and/or a hiatal hernia. I know that they usually repair the HH at the same time they do the SG but it's usually a little rougher recovery and people still have GERD or develop GERD 3-5 years down the road. They can also get a hiatal hernia again due to the pressure in the sleeve. I just thought I would post this and see if anyone else out there has had a hiatal hernia or if anyone has had the surgery and really not lost a significant amount of weight even though they are following their diet? Is anyone here more than 2-3 years out from the sleeve? I would appreciate any advice, thoughts, whatever! I've really been stressing over the decision and just want to have peace with whatever I decide.