Surgery is No Magic Bullet

I’ve been reading some posts of some of the newbies over at OH.  It amazes me at how they want instant gratification from surgery.  They want it right now, and I can certainly understand that.  I lived my life at SMO (Super Morbidly Obese) and I can absolutely understand the deep seeded need to Not. Be. Fat. Any. More.  Probably better than anyone.

But what I want to scream from the roof tops is “TAKE YOUR TIME!”  Take the time to research research research.  Not just about your surgery, but about your body, your surgeon, the program, the aftercare.  What will you need to do to be successful at this program?  If your surgeon does not offer that type of counseling ahead of time, then go find it somewhere.

I was lucky.  My insurance company REQUIRED me to do a physician’s monitored six month weight loss program.  And although I was impatient to get things started, I found that six months incredibly valuable at learning what makes the surgery work, and what the main causes are of people who are not successful.  I also learned how to define my own success by learning to set mini-goals for myself as opposed to one big picture goal that would serve to drag me down and suck the life out of me.

Surgery isn’t an overnight cure for obesity.  It can be a cure for some of your co-morbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but the weight doesn’t just magically fall off the night after your surgery.  You have to work your tool.  The surgery isn’t the cure.  It’s the whole aftercare program that makes your surgery work.

You have to have your head in the game.  Without that six months of research prior to my surgery, I’d probably have not learned vital quirks about my own body and what made me super morbidly obese to begin with.  I wouldn’t have learned about my triggers and what I need to do to avoid them. 

Surgery is life changing.  Do your research and learn what you will need to be a success.  It’s well worth it in the end.

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