vicious cycle, making each condition worse and worse. One of the side effects and symptoms of obesity is sleep apnea, a condition in which the excess fat accumulates in the throat and causes temporary, partial, or complete airway blockage. The result is often poor sleep and for some can be downright dangerous. While there are medical devices to control sleep apnea, the most effective treatment is weight loss.
If you are reading this blog post, you may have already committed to changing your life through weight loss surgery. If that is the case, we congratulate you on a decision that will challenge you to work hard at reshaping your body, your health, and your lifestyle. You may believe that it is the surgery itself that allows you to lose weight, but in actual fact it is just a tool to help you do the work more easily and effectively.
Many people live by the perception that if something is meant to happen it will happen, and if obstacles get in the way, then ‘this shouldn’t happen’. In many circumstances this may truly be the case – after all why do we have gut feelings? And how often is a gut feeling right?
When it comes to weight loss surgery, many people allow themselves to be talked out of something they need by emotion-driven thoughts. Indeed, both in Georgia and The United States as a whole, only a fraction of the people who would benefit from weight loss surgery actually undergo the procedure. Most people forget that if they want something, they can make it happen.
Fear. How such a small word can carry so much influence is truly amazing. When controlled, a sense of fear can be a very effective motivational tool, but allowed to spiral out of control, fear can paralyze even the strongest.
An element of fear guides much of our daily lives. It allows us to avoid much of the pain – emotional and physical – that could affect us. Fear can also grow deep and sometimes dangerous roots that bind us and keep us from moving forward in our lives. Fear of pain can quickly morph into a fear of failure, fear of disappointment, fear of judgment, self-loathing and much, much more.
With advancements in minimally invasive techniques, some bariatric procedures such as the gastric band, (Lap-Band® or Realize® Band), and in some cases the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, are performed on an outpatient basis. The setting can be a hospital-owned or independent surgical facility. With the shorter recovery times that accompany a minimally invasive procedure, outpatient surgery has become safer and more widely available over the past several years.
Sometimes it can be a little challenging when it comes to getting started with bariatric surgery. Wishing, hoping, praying, waiting on insurance approval, phone calls to retrieve old medical records and test results can seem like a never-ending task. But have patience. You are not alone and there’s much you can do in the meantime to kick start your weight loss.
Start by attending your surgeon’s support groups. Getting some of your questions answered prior to surgery, can give you great insight and make your experience just a little smoother. Find some inspirational blogs. There are many people out there who have outstanding and motivating blogs chronicling their weight loss efforts. Or better yet, start your own blog! Online message boards are also extremely helpful and free.
If you find yourself in a stall pattern, waiting for paperwork or other hold ups, consider asking your surgeon what other options are available in the meantime. They may offer medical weight loss programs, work out groups, nutritional counseling, psychological counseling or expert advice on exercise custom tailored to you. Take advantage of everything offered, even before your surgery, and you’ll be that much further when your paperwork comes through.
And last but not least, don’t sweat it. It took careful consideration to make the decision to have weight loss surgery. The excitement is huge and you just want to do it. The simple reality is that paperwork simply takes time. Hang-ups happen. But your surgeon’s office is working hard to get you the surgery you need and a little patience goes a long way.
The issue of obesity is not as cut and dried as normal-weight onlookers might think. While we are screaming on the inside for help, people judge us from the outside as lazy or undisciplined. We wear our obesity externally for all to see – after all, there’s no hiding it. Unfortunately, people still judge what they don’t know, while oftentimes on the inside, we are struggling silently with serious health issues as well as emotional and social issues with food.
According to a new scientific report from the American Heart Association – a first of its kind – weight loss surgery may have tremendous benefits for severely obese people. Severe obesity is generally defined as a body mass index of over 40. The report comes after researchers in the United States and Canada assessed the heart risks of obese people before and after they underwent bariatric surgery. Continue reading
Your body and mind will experience a number of changes throughout the weight loss process. It is not only beneficial and exciting to document those changes, but it can be fun as well. Journaling will help you organize your thoughts and process the many changes that you are experiencing. Continue reading
While checking someone’s Body Mass Index or BMI is the fastest way to test eligibility for weight loss surgery, prospective patients must undergo a series of tests to make sure they are prepared, mentally and physically, for the procedure. Continue reading