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Bariatric Surgery

After a weight loss struggle that has lasted sixteen years, I have decided to begin my journey towards weight loss surgery. After researching the topic for years, I have decided on gastric bypass at UPMC’s Magee Women’s Hospital. I finally feel like I am ready to make a complete lifestyle change. While many consider bariatric surgery the easy way out, it’s far from it. The process is long and complicated but I am hopeful that the end result will be well worth it! My estimated surgery date is in August.

First, a patient must undergo a 6 month pre-op diet. That is the stage I’m currently at. It proves to your insurance company that you are ready to make a real change in your life and it also gives you time to think about if the surgery is really for you. You must attend monthly meetings and weigh-ins with your primary care doctor. They will ask you questions about your diet, exercise and overall health. It is recommended that you lose 10% of your body fat before the surgery. For me, that’s 5 pounds a month. So far, so good.

At the three month mark, you meet your bariatric surgeon to discuss the procedure and your expectations. You may also have to meet with nutritionists, psychologists, behaviourists and exercise specialists. Two weeks before your surgery date you will begin a liquid diet. Luckily, the hospital stay for gastric bypass is only two to three days. In a week, you can resume your normal routine.

However, the routine that you may have been used to will be completely different. The first three months are the hardest, as you ween yourself back onto normal foods. It is absolutely vital that you eat the right foods and take your vitamins. Even the smallest slip-up could result in vomiting, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, weakness or hair-loss. Many patients even fall into depression during this time.

Luckily, I have spent enough time thinking about how this surgery will affect every aspect of my life. I have read every article I could find on gastric bypass, the good and the bad. I know the risks but more importantly, I know the rewards. I truly believe that I am finally going to find the person I’m meant to be.

I am using my blog as a tool, as a promise to myself. I need you guys to keep me on track! I hope to have everyone’s support during this journey, because I am going to need it.

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13 thoughts on “Bariatric Surgery

  1. Hi Hun. Congratulations on your choice for weight loss surgery. I had my gastric bypass three weeks ago and I’ve already started loosing. One thing I noted on your blog, is that you ‘can resume your normal routine’ after about a week. From experience, I wouldn’t agree with that. I’m fairly tough but I’m far from in my normal routine. Its a major operation and will take quite some time to recover and get back to normality. Just be prepard.However, I’m really happy with my op and looking forward to a great future of health and weight loss, as you are too. Take care xxx

    • Hello Karen, thanks for the kind words and good luck! I personally have given myself a month for recovery. I sure hope that’s enough! My doctor just told me that people can go back to work in a week. They must be iron men!

  2. Hello Karen, thanks for the kind words and good luck! I personally have given myself a month for recovery. I sure hope that’s enough! My doctor just told me that people can go back to work in a week. They must be iron men!

  3. Congrats! 🙂 I’m in month 16 of this process, so anyone who even tries to tell me it’s the “easy way” out gets a huge earful. LOL You’ll be great.

  4. Hilary, we sat together at lunch for a brief period in my senior year.. I never really got to know you but I always thought you were so pretty and nice! I left Blackhawk but we were friends on Facebook and I always looked at the pictures you put up of trips you went on thinking that you had so much style and natural beauty everywhere you went. I saw a link to your blog last night and checked it out. This post is so sad and beautiful at the same time! I hope that this journey is a good one for you and at the end of the day you can be happy being Hilary! I can’t wait to see all the great clothes you buy afterward!

    • Oh course I remember you Melissa! Honestly, that was the sweetest comment anyone has ever left on here. Thank you so much, it means a lot to me. I don’t get too many compliments from people at Blackhawk, haha. I’m glad you will be keeping up with my journey and I hope all is well!!

      • A lot of people in Blackhawk are still in high school mode, it must have been something in the water.. I live in palm springs california now, if you’re ever traveling around swing by the desert for some lunch and sightseeing with me!

      • Man, isn’t that the truth! I’m glad we both got out of there. I go to California twice a year! I’m headed to San Diego at the end of June, when I have details I will let you know!!

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