So… why surgery? Part Four – Choosing surgery

Okay, okay I know it’s taken me a long time to get the point, why surgery. I guess I wanted to show it has been a long journey and not an easy decision – its been 16 years in the making. For those of you who make think it is the ‘easy option’ or ‘cheating’ you can just stop reading now, it is just another tool (albeit a more extreme one) in forcing me to prevent binge eating as it will restrict my stomach by 60-75%.

For those of you who aren’t aware there are two options generally. The gastric bypass and sleeve (I discounted the cheaper option right away of the gastric band due to the very high level of complications and revisions needed) The bypass does just that – bypasses the stomach into the intestine and the sleeve removes a large amount of the stomach essentially making it smaller so you cannot each as much food in one sitting at a time, therefore preventing the ability to binge.

Yes, I could graze all day or eat ‘slider’ foods (food which can easily pass through meaning you can eat a larger quantity such as ice cream) and I would still not lose and would in fact be likely to cause me to gain weight. My issue however is portion control and binge eating large portions in one sitting so for me the gastric band seemed like the better option.

I am currently on the liver reduction diet 14 days prior to the procedure, to shrink your liver. This means easier access to your stomach that sits behind it, and basically makes the operation a whole lot safer. My operation will be around 1.5 – 2 hours, keyhole surgery with about 5 incisions. One overnight stay in hospital and then a 6-8 weeks eating plan where I have to learn to eat again.

  • 2 weeks of water and protein shakes
  • 2 weeks of soft pureed food
  • 2 weeks of soft textured food
  • Introduction of more normal textured food.

Its unlikely I will be able to drink and eat at the same time again and I should never be able to eat more than a side plates worth of food. Its recommended not to drink for 9 months post-surgery and not to get pregnant for 12-18 months after. In short not an easy option…

I would say if you are looking into surgery yourself, I’m not going to convince you either way, have lots of consultations, get lots of opinions, look at your own eating habits and then make up your own mind.

So here we are 16 years later, 2 days away from life changing surgery. I aim to keep writing about my journey through surgery, recovery, learning to eat again and how this has impacted on my not only physically, but emotionally and psychologically too. If you want to come along with me, you’re more than welcome

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