Originally Posted by Katianne
My friend is hoping to have the Gastric Band operation, she is going for her first consultation beginning of April and is certain she wants to go through with it. I want to find out as much information as I can to help her through the process as I am going to be with her every step of the way but we live in the U.K and neither of us know anyone who has had it done.
I therefore wanted to ask anyone that has had the operation if you have any advice at all which would help her before and after the operation or any information you feel helpful which the doctors ususally do not tell you.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
June of 2005 I had Gastric Bypass surgery. I am 45 and weighed 300 lbs and wore a size 26/28. I have lost 150 lbs and am in a size 8. I had reconstructive surgeries this past summer. Lower body lift, breast implants (needed as I went from a size 48 DDD to a 38 LONG ha!) and I had an inner thigh lift and my arms done. What a transformation! I am off all of my meds. I was a severe asthmatic, had sleep apnea and reflux. I am now lifting weights, hiking, working out, playing golf etc...
I don't know about Lap band, but the best advice i would give is:
1. This is not only a physical problem, work on your mental, emotional and spiritual health while losing the fat.
2. Find healthy replacements to your eating habits. When thinking about food, take a bath, call a friend, take a walk.
3. Begin exercising as soon as the doctor lets you. I lost my weight within the first 9 months due to exercise and diet changes. (lap band takes a little longer)
4. Journal and take photos all along. It is encouraging to see the difference.
5. Expect to be VERY emotional. This is a life changing event and you will not recognize yourself, people you have known for 20 years will walk right by and not recognize you. It messes with your identity.
6. Don't focus on how far you have to go... look at how far you've come. Celebrate the little steps along the way. (Celebrate with NON food rewards)
7. Careful that you don't replace one addiction with another, ie alcohol or shopping or anything in excess.
8. Don't expect your body to look like a model. Expect excess skin. Then, decide whether or not you are willing or able to endure more surgery. Believe me, the Gastric Bypass was the easy part. Healing from the reconstructive surgery was a lot more difficult.
9. Enjoy the ride!