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Weight Loss: Is Gastric Bypass Surgery A Snow Job?

Why is it that people I’ve met, who have had gastric bypass surgery, try to convince me that I am missing out on something and need to get the surgery myself.They tell me how wonderful it is to lose the weight, and that the pounds just melt away, and granted they do look wonderful, beautiful and thin. 

It’s the darker side of the surgery that is never really talked about much. First comes whether or not insurance will pay for it, and if you’re like me uninsured or have very little insurance or rely on Medicaid or medically needy, then you can guarantee your options are limited.  But that option or obstacle was taken away from me, not too long ago, and there have been more surgeries performed in Tampa, Florida through Medicaid. 

Gastric Bypass Surgery Should I Drink the Kool-Aid?

Listen I know I am overweight. I know I need to lose it. I don’t need to drink the Kool-Aid about gastric bypass surgery, every time I talk to someone, on how wonderful it is.  It’s not all that wonderful!


Still, I am badgered by people I don’t even know that well enough who’ve gone through the surgery, drank the Kool-Aid; and now preach to the obese as if we are a flock of sinners. As if the gastric bypass surgery is the second coming and I’m a pagan at a feast, stabbing on unholy meat with my steely knife. The surgery also came up during a therapy session with my “medication manager” about a year or so ago.  But I felt so badgered, I felt like I was being told I had to get the surgery because my life depends on it!  And I know yes, in some aspects, maybe my life does depend on losing weight but is gastric bypass surgery going to save my life?


Is It Ignorance? Or Fear? You Need To Do Something Fat-so


If I’m being honest, it is both! I do not have the information needed to make an educated decision on why I should not get bypass surgery.  Nor do I have the access to all information I would need to go through the process of getting bypass surgery. That being said, I’m afraid. No, I’m not afraid If I’m going to die from the surgery. It sounds silly right, you would think that should be my first fear, but my fear lies in the fact that many times the surgery does fail. You know, my wife thinks I can lose my weight on my own (with support) and that is something I would like to do. The fact is I can’t. 


So, I just might drink a little Kool-Aid, a few sips and start doing some deeper research into what possibilities and procedures are available.  At the same time, I am fortifying myself to buckle down and move ahead to lose the weight.


Now here is a little proof that things aren’t all that bad, at least I hope not all that bad.  I just saw my regular doctor and my A1 C went down from 8.1 to 7.6 and my weight was only 388.5 Lbs.  I thought, for sure, I went back up 405 pounds or more since it’s been four months since I last weighed in. A know I have been focused on eating 100% healthy. But it looks like if I can turn this around, I can get back on track. Maybe I will not need to drink the Kool-Aid for gastric bypass surgery after all…oh, how I want to.


I’m just afraid that I will be unable to keep to the restrictions of the diet which is my main concern, having a stomach the size of a golf ball just does not compute.



Weight Loss: Is Gastric Bypass Surgery A Snow Job?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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