I am currently 260lbs and 5’3. Initially my husband had concerns about me having Gastric Sleeve surgery, but since I am determined to go through with it he is supportive. Of course he is still concerned about the general risk of elective surgery.
His next primary concern is “will this work” and what if it doesn’t work? He is concerned I will become despondent. He’s seen me struggle with my self esteem and scale obsession. He has watched me sink further and further into depression and isolation.
We’ve been together for 9 years…we met after I had lost 160lbs (low carb). I was 360lb and got down to 200lbs. I managed to keep it off for 6 years but in the last 5 years I have gained roughly 60lbs back. Nothing I tried worked — even though I have never reverted back to my old eating habits before my 160lb loss.
I have mostly stuck to a low carb diet. Rice, pasta, bread, potatoes are not a part of my everyday life. I just was not quite as strict– sometimes I would cheat a little but never full blown.
In the last year I have gone back to strict low carb. I could not lose a pound. If I did lose 2 pounds it came right back. It was just crazy.
Ok, so I thought maybe my body has become immune to low carb after 12 years. Maybe I need to mix it up a bit — I joined Weight Watchers. I DID NOT LOSE 1 POUND. I actually GAINED a few pounds. It has been a daily mental struggle.
This is where his concern comes in. He is worried that since I already watch carbs closely and limit calories (although of course not near as low as the 600 calories after the sleeve. More like 1200) that the surgery will not have much of an impact or shock to my system to be more than minimally successful. He’s concerned that I will have put myself at risk by having surgery,put myself at risk of serious complications and changed my entire life for minimal gain ( or loss in this case ).
I’m 49 so I know my metabolism has changed. I also take a ton of medications for MS, Lupus, HTN (who knows what the hell they do to body chemistry) and do have health issues that limits exercise but I feel like I have no other options. I feel like this surgery is my only hope to be able to live a fulfilling life.
Now, finally to my question. Can this surgery work for someone who has been doing 1200-1400 calories and low carb for a long period of time and who has been unable to lose weight?
I don’t have grand illusions. I don’t need to be thin. I’d be happy just to be labeled “overweight” instead of obese or morbidly obese. I’m 5’3″ and I would be ecstatic if I could get to 160 – I’d probably be on cloud nine. But now his concerns are starting to worry me and making me wonder too– will gastric sleeve work for me?
I told my surgeon these concerns — he told me this surgery actually causes the body to reset its “set points”. He did not go into much detail. I searched the internet and I really cannot find any information about that theory other than just the statement that it seems to reset the body’s set points. Anybody else know anything about that theory?
Sorry such a long post. Any insight would be very appreciated.