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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 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.

  • Your doctor would be the best source for information & whether it is something that is safe for you as there are things that can wrong. I looked into it years ago after an injury saw me gain a lot of weight but they refused to do it due to an autoimmune disease I have. I have used the meal replacement drinks with some success but regardless of which method you use you need to change your lifestyle as well or you will put it on again.

  • It is a good idea to explore it with your doctor then you can make an informed decision. Good luck xx

  • I would definitely enquire about various options. Apparently initially you can only eat a very small amount at one time. I know a lady who had surgery who has gradually increased her food intake. If she eats out she usually chooses full meal menu but asks for entree size serve. Often normal entree menu is not what is suitable for a full size meal.

  • I can imagine it’s a hard decision to make and that the side effect previous poster made don’t appeal. However I just want to urge that a very high BMI is dangerous and that an operation is a life safer for some. Good to discuss it with your doctors and weigh the pros and cons. Success !

  • My friend had bariatric surgery 4 years ago and she told me that the worst side effect was only ever being able to eat 4 tablespoons of food at one time (for a meal) If she is at lunch with friends and eats a little extra, she has to excuse herself and go to the Ladies room to throw up. She said that this was the worst side effect of the surgery. Apart from that, the has lost heaps of weight and maintained a healthy weight range ever since. I hope this helps you in your decision and I wish you all the luck in the world with your future health xx

  • My friend had bariatric surgery 4 years ago and has lost a tremendous amount of weight – she now looks really healthy and has maintained a healthy weight range. The only hassle she told me, was that she could only eat approximately 4 tablespoons of food at any one time. If she eats more than that she has to excuse herself from the table and goes to the Ladies to throw up..! She told me that this was the worst side-effect of having had the surgery. Hope this helps with your decision and best of luck with your future health xx

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