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Que sera sera



The past few days, I have mostly been obsessively looking at operation mortality rates (yes, low...but 1:1000 for an elective surgery) and flipping out about why I am even doing this. Just stop eating crap forever without an operation...if it were only that simple.

Not aided by finding a post here from a grieving mother whose daughter died during surgery...I just have to keep digging to the pit of my soul and finding the logical statictitian in me that says...even with the risks associated, I am likely one of the lower risk people having the surgery and focus as hard as I can on the projected benefits. Making plans for the next year when I get thinner and healthier...having a skin bin list of things I want to do which weight has stopped me from thus far in life  and really trying to switch off the naggy niggly voice inside my head that is making me wobble. 

I am categorically having the surgery, I will make my next 3 weeks far more bearable if I can just accept that my decision is made and stop trying to overthink everything!


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Just something else to consider to try and help you feel more at ease.....

  1. Bariatric surgery patients were 29% less likely to die than morbidly obese people who didn’t have surgery. Cancer and cardiovascular disease were the main killers of those who didn’t have surgery, both of which were less prevalent in the bariatric surgery group.2
  2. Mortality rate decreases by 40% following bariatric surgery. Those having bariatric surgery were 56% less likely to die from coronary artery disease, 92% less likely from diabetes and 60% less likely to die from cancer.3

......a morbidly obese person (body mass index of 35 or more) is much more likely to die over the long-term from not having surgery than from having it.

my surgeon's complication rate was 1 in 10,000, so I felt safe as kittens.

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Thank you for replying and great points. I found it hard to accept initially that I 'needed' this surgery as I have no fundamental health issues as the moment and really had to project ahead 10 years and look at my family history for where I would end up, your statistics are really helpful with that.

My surgeon said the surgery was an inevitability for me and that having it now was not only staving off all manner of problems as I grew older, but giving myself the best opportunity for success with the operation. 

I hadn't thought about individual surgeons complication rates, was only looking at the overall percentages, but know mine has only had one in 22 years and that was someone who had lied pre-op about their lifestyle habits and was actually a very heavy smoker. 

I know this is right and for the best. Thank goodness for this forum and the invaluable advice and support available. 

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Sounds like you are in good hands.

Like you, I was a "healthy" obese person.  No comorbidities at the time of surgery, but the future health problems were inevitable.  My BP had been creeping up for years and I was in constant pain in my feet, knees and ankles.  Family history and decades of yo yo dieting with no long term results helped convince me surgery was my only chance.  And although it hasn't been, and never will be easy, I have absolutely no regrets.

Time to get excited about your future!

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I was another "healthy obese" person when I had surgery and I definitely struggled with the same concerns. I rationalized that I was better off having the surgery now, at a younger age, with no comorbidities because I was that much less likely to have complications or die. My liver wasn't huge, so less chance of it slipping during surgery; my minimal amount of abdominal fat made the surgery easier for my doctor to perform (she didn't have to wade through massive amounts of fat to get to my digestive system); being relatively healthy meant I could be up and about soon after surgery so that lowered my chance of blood clots or a pulmonary embolism, etc. It's scary, no doubt, but IMO, having this surgery when you're just on the cusp of needing it means you're nipping this in the bud and starting your new life before it's a "do or die" situation. And really, for me at least, drastically changing my eating habits without surgery wasn't a realistic option. It sounds great in theory, but the chances of making permanent changes and keeping the weight off without surgery is highly unlikely (I think it's something like less than 5%). It truly is one of the best decisions I've ever made and I hope you're able to find some peace.

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I was scared to death!  I was unhealthy and knew I had greater risks.  But then living with my health issues limited my time on earth and the quality...  I nearly got off the OR table and ran!!  I had to have a PIC line and that scared me to death!  Afterwards, get up and walk as much as you can: it helps prevent blood clots and gets the gas moving!  

You will do great!  Just keep thinking of what it will be like in the next year!  Make a bucket list..

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