Genetics, Pre-Diabetes and Arthritis Made Me Decide

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Mrs. M. (a patient from New York City)

My name is Elizabeth and I am at my highest weight: 237.8. I was never an overweight child or teen, but after I got on birth control pills at the age of 20, I started gaining weight.

I lost and gained weight throughout the years, and after the birth of my last child, I was never able to get below 200lbs.

I decided to eat healthy, went to the gym, worked with a personal trainer; did the Atkins diet, the south beach diet and tried weight watchers.

I lost weight with each diet, only to gain it back each time. My mother is morbidly obese (290lbs), and my fear is that I will continue to gain 20lbs a year and by the time I reach 50, I will be exactly like her.

I am now pre-diabetic, and 2 1/2 years ago I had a hip replacement because of arthritis in my hip. I am now experiencing the same pain in the other hip. (For every 3 pounds I gain, it puts an 11lb stress on the new hip and it may cause the hip replacement to stop working within a few years. 2nd hip replacement have less than 60% rate of working.)

All of these health conditions finally convinced me that I have to find the best solution for my weight problem. November 23rd, I meet the surgeon to discuss Bariartic surgery.

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Expert Responses to the Question Above

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by: Nadia Barhoumeh-Lee

Hi Elizabeth,

I appreciated reading your story regarding why you are considering Weight Loss Surgery. It's been my experience that most people who contemplate Weight Loss Surgery do so after many failed attempts to lose and maintain their weight and health.

Weight Loss Surgery has been shown to be an effective tool for treatment of severe obesity and many of the medical conditions that accompany it. It sounds like you are being very thoughtful about your decision and you are to be congratulated about that.

As you might have heard, Weight Loss Surgery is a "tool" that works if you learn to use it. Most people lose weight. Some people can struggle with weight regain years out.

To avoid weight regain and other challenges, I encourage you to learn as much as possible on how to be successful after the surgery way before you decide to have it. The best way to learn is to read about and speak with other successful patients, often done through support groups.

Please feel free to join our free online support groups in addition to what your surgeon's office might provide.

All the best,
Nadia Barhoumeh-Lee, RN

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the details provided. The above should never replace the advice of your local physicians as they have the ability to evaluate you in person.

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