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    Have you had it? are you happy you did it? Was it very painful?


    Is that when you are so drunk that they have to surgically remove you from the bar?


    Why don’t you mazaltov & wiy both read the entry on wikipedia explaining about baraitric surgery.


    Wikipedia does, I’m sure, have a lot of information about bariatric surgery, but I think the OP was looking for a personal account of what it was like and whether or not it’s worth it.

    I am sorry I can’t help. May Hashem guide you to the right decision, and may you have a complete refuah.


    I had the Lap-Band surgery in December 2001. Started at 305lbs now weigh 168lbs.

    Even with the band you need to be disciplined, make healthy choices, and exercise if you want to be successful.


    Isn’t that the operation for people who over very overweight but don’t want to go on a diet and get regular exercise?

    Jersey Jew

    I had the Roux-en-Y 10 years ago and I would do it again in a second if I had to!

    I went into surgery weighing about 480. I lost 70# the first month and plateaued at 240. I gained back about 10-15% which is fairly normal. I could lose more if i wanted but I am happy here.

    I had my pandelectomy about 5 years ago.

    The most it hurt was that day. After that the pain was FAR less. I also didnt realize how unhealthy I was.

    If you are severly overweight with no chance of losing weight via traditional diets, this is the way. Dont let anyone tell you its a cop out, because IT IS NOT!


    Thanks Mark. I am a cancer survivor with multiple health problems. Being overweight does not help. I have been encouraged to go through with this surgery which I will do iy”H after Succos.


    This is not a quick fix. I have a friend who had bariatric surgery, and another who had the lap band. I would recommend the lap band over the other, based on my observation. In BOTH cases, one must make a concerted effort to permanently change one’s eating habits, and if people could do that, they wouldn’t need invasive surgery to begin with. In both cases, the people who had the surgery did NOT follow their new eating plans, and both suffered greatly as a result. Reovering from stomach surgery is not a picnic. It is still major surgery.



    How did you go from being a fresser to being disciplined?


    WIY- The band forces you to limit portions. You still need to make healthy food choices and not cheat the band. The band will not stop you from drinking milk shakes or other high calorie drinks. There are ways to cheat the band, but if you are serious about losing weight you have to stick to the program.

    Akuperma- For some people dieting is not enough. I tried every diet but never had true success until I had the band. I have a family history of diabetes and heart disease. At a certain point my Doctor told me that if I didn’t do something drastic about my weight I wouldn’t see my 40th birthday.

    I know lots of people that have had the band, lost weight, and then gained it all back plus more. The band is not a magic bullet. I’ve learned to live without bread, challah, and many other foods that just won’t pass through the band.


    Someone suggested to me that the band is a “machshir,” a means of helping you change your relationship with food. I think that psychologically, one needs to change their relationship with food. I’m doing that myself. I’d suggest people check out Overeaters Anonymous. It’s a great self-help group, and the 12 steps and traditions will help you live more abundantly.

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