Am I prepared for Bariatric Surgery?
** A true story from a Bariatric patient. **
For those of you that are considering Bariatric surgery it’s important for you to know that there is a lot of preparation before the actual surgery date. In addition to that, depending on where you live, there is a very long waiting list. I am in British Columbia and consider myself one of the luckier ones, I only had to wait 4 years 8 months and 6 days. The waiting time before the surgery is quite an emotional time, it’s very exciting and at the same time very stressful. As is the case here in British Columbia, as in most places, the surgery times are scarce as they are over booked. While waiting for my surgery I had a date booked and cancelled 4 times. This on top of all the other stress was almost more than I could take. Finally having my surgery on November 17, 2011 was a huge relief, and the start of a whole new life.
I am quite sure if someone would have told me before I started all of this all that was involved; I would have probably given it up. That is why I think it is very important for all of those considering this surgery to be prepared. I found out the hard way and it added a lot of stress to an already very stressful situation. I will add, 4 months and down 80 pounds, I would do it all over again without a second thought. Naturally the tests that you have to get and the preparation work that you need done will depend on many different factors. Some of the determining factors would be, how much weight you have to lose, your current and previous medical history as well as your age. In my situation I was 45 years old, diabetic and 361 pounds.
My situation was a drastic one and I was definitely a good candidate for the surgery, then again at the same time I was a risk. My doctor said I was a person that needs the surgery if I was going to continue living. Naturally, due to my condition, I had to have many different tests done. They were very time consuming and I also had to take time off work to have some of them done. It did add to the whole stress of the situation, yet I was also very grateful that they were being so careful with me.
Please understand that I am not sharing all of this to deter you from wanting to have bariatric surgery. I am sharing this as I don’t think they prepare candidates enough for what they will have to endure. It’s an extremely lengthy process, and one that I had considered just giving up a few times. It’s very exciting and at the same time very stressful for you and all of those around you. I was blessed to have an amazing support system and am now on my way to changing my life. I have currently lost half of the weight that I want to lose and have never felt happier and healthier. I would encourage anyone with a situation similar to mine to strongly consider the bariatric surgery, it can change your life, and it has mine.