Utah study reveals gastric bypass surgery keeps the weight off

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    Sept. 18, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    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 it
    just 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!

  • Xgirl360 Orem, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    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.

  • Dand_Ute WEST JORDAN, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    And yet insurance companies continue to not cover this procedure which could help so many people.