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I have two children who are now at the end of primary school. I have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis prior to having children. I am now obese and have a very high BMI. Over the years I have done many different eating plans including but not not exclusively; low carb, 5:2/16:8, Duromine tablets, and weight watchers. I am considering Bariatric Surgery, most likely a sleeve to assist in healthy weight management. I was just after opinions on the benefits and draw backs of surgery and if people think it is a good option to explore further with my doctors.


Posted anonymously, 3rd March 2020


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  • I would look into other options first, most surgeons will recommend as they get paid for your surgery, but look into long term risks of a sleeve, vitamin deficiencies caused by losing part of stomach that absorbs vitamins. If you do go down this path please make sure you see dieticians first, I know a couple of surgeons that don’t have this as part of their package for bariatric surgery and it is so important to have the right information about what will happen after surgery. So many people go into it unprepared in my experiences


  • I have seen people go both ways afterwards. Maybe have a look at why you eat the way you do etc first. As if (like me) going to junk food is an emotional reaction you are still going to have that after surgery. Good luck!


  • Would be interested to know how you go if you decide to go ahead , any type of surgery is a risk as you have to have GA and also risks during and post op . Discuss options with your Gp all the best


  • Have known many in my direct family that this hasn’t worked for – you still have to be very strict about your eating regime or you end up worse than before. If you cannot limit what you eat now, how will you do so later? By all means go with what you doctor recommends, but also realise that you have to do most of the heavy lifting yourself.


  • I think if it’s done with psychological support it can be a beneficial thing


  • The pros are the weight loss, especially if your excess weight gas been causing health issues. But it’s no picnic and you still need yo eat healthy and exercise afterwards to maintain your weight loss. Otherwise you end up right back where you started


  • I know someone it did work for and a few people that it did not. It will be a long road but if you stick with it and do it right hopefully you will have success. Always speak to a specialist as they may have a better option for you


  • I know a few people who have had success with it but you can only eat small amounts after and you vomit easily! Your doctor will give you the best advice given your health circumstances.


  • As you have already tried other methods I think it would be a good option, just remember it will be a long recovery and you’ll still have to be strict with eating. Good luck with your journey.


  • It would certainly be worth talking it through with your doctor and seeing what they think.


  • I’ve never had this surgery before. What does the doctor say?


  • My cousin (from WA) who had weight surgery some years ago, and has had some problems since, has told me about a revolutionary product/procedure that has been developed by Dr Tony Kierath, a specialist weight loss surgeon of over 25 yrs and his Biomedical Engineer son Tom Kierath over the last 8 or so years. It is a very interesting read on their web site igballoon.com. If it lives up to it’s potential as a swallowable, non-operative and inexpensive treatment that can be done in your General Practitioner’s clinic, and it was developed here in Australia. It is designed to be permanent and if necessary can be readily removed without major surgery. Apparently they are close to it being available here. Can’t weight! Pardon the pun.


  • I am currently awaiting bariatric sleeve surgery. After much investigation and having spoken to others who have had the surgery or know someone who has (and there are lots of them) I decided to take the leap. I hate being overweight and find most diets (and I’ve tried them all) only work short term. I know I wont be able to eat much at a time, but that’s what I need. I am looking forward to being in a healthy weight range and as such being able to do more physical activity and liking myself more than I do now. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.


  • I have a sleeve and while it is a very big decision, I wish I had done it sooner.


  • I wouldn’t recommend gastric sleeve surgery, or any surgery that promises weight loss as a result.
    I know a lady who had her gastric sleeve removed as she totally regretted it.
    I also know another lady – who used to work at the same school as I do -who had surgery which removed part of her intestines (irreversible surgery) which almost killed her and even now 2 years later still has a compromised immune system and catches every bug that goes around. She’s in hospital again now with either a flu or corona virus.
    Definitely discuss it all with your doctor properly before making any real decisions.


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