Having had this surgery in 1990 I have had many people over the years ask if it
was 'worth it'?My answer is always...yes and no...IF ONE chooses
to have this surgery they should never believe it is not life changing. And as a
side comment...you CAN gain weight back on 6 ounces!The first year you can eat
anything and still loose weight...but after that first year your body gets used
to 6 ounces and depending upon what you eat... you can gain weight back. I lost
160 pounds. I'd say over the years I've probably gained half of that
back. But for me personally it was worth itjust don't make it sound
like its a walk in the park. You have to watch what you eat, and how much for
the rest of your life!Side note: I've read some stories re: alchol
being a problem with Gastric Bypass. Garbage! Your stomach cannot hold alchol or
any really spicy food. Someone would have to train themselves to endure a lot of
pain to do it. That's a hard one for me to believe 22 years later!
Studies have shown that gastric bypass saves thousands in medical costs with the
reduction of heart disease, diabetes and other obesity related diseases. Yet,
when we called SelectMed, they said not only would they not cover it for my
husband, they would not cover any complications that may arise later. Yet,
they'll cover his heart attack in a few years. He's struggling very
hard to get his weight off, he really is trying. Between his heart and back
injury (why he's obese), he can't exercise the same as a healthy
person. I just pray the changes he's making work, because the health care
industry certainly doesn't care if he's healthy.
And yet insurance companies continue to not cover this procedure which could
help so many people.