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Has anyone here had weight loss surgery? What were the worst things about it? Did it work? What type did you have? Do you regret it or would you make the same decision again? Was it NHS funded? Did you have to fight to get them to agree? Also anyone here from Swansea who has had WLS who can guide me with our system?

Loads more questions but can’t organise them in my mind atm. They’ll come lol.

I’ve been invited for a multidisciplinary team meeting to decide whether I have a case for having WLS on the NHS so here’s to hoping I get it I think 😕😶😬🤞🏼🤞🏼

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I'm afraid I haven't had weight loss surgery and only personally know one person that has and he had so many post operative complications, that he's still, many years later and following a reversal, dealing with the aftermath. Yes, he regrets having it done.

I'm aware that this is a very one-sided view, but I also know that he lost 11 stone without the assistance of surgery and is now happily maintaining.

I'm sure others will be able to redress the balance here and maybe this community would help?

healthunlocked.com/wlsinfo

I wish you all the best, whatever you decide :)

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My GP wanted to refer me for weightloss surgery a few months ago and I said no. There were several reasons for this. The main ones are that it isn't fool proof and there is nothing to stop you regaining the weight you've lost. I have seen several documentaries were this has happened. To just undergo an operation does not address the psychological reasons as to why we have the relationship with food that we have so that underlying issue will always be there and will continue to play a destructive part in any long term attempts to lose weight. My personal opinion is that specialists should spend more time working on the mind to find the root cause rather than hacking at body parts.

I would also not want the side effects that come with it. I have seen programs on TV were people have said they are on a lifelong cocktail of vitamins etc, their hair has thinned beyond belief, they have had teeth just fall out because the body just cannot get any nutrients from such tiny amounts of food and more.

As somebody that weighed just over 30st 10 weeks ago you would assume that I would jump at the chance but in my mind I would only be swapping one set of problems for another and at the end of it the real underlying issue that makes me abuse my body will still be there inside of my head.

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You make many valuable points here, Justsharon...the psychological point, in particular, is a big factor & what you say about it is so very true. Thank you for taking the time to give your opinion - I hope that it reaches as many people as possible. I wish you all the luck in the world with your weight loss journey.

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I know of two people who have had this and neither regret it. 😊 one lady I don’t know very well but she has achieved a BMI under 30 and maintained.

Another friend is still losing, but I know she had to go onto 800 calories for 4 weeks to prepare her liver for the vastly reduced food.

So, yes it can work, but it is far from an easy option. You still need to balance the correct nutrients within a vastly reduced capacity, so calorie dense foods need to be restricted.

In the meantime why don’t you have a good look around the forum and then when you have proven you can lose weight the hospital might be more inclined to support your case 😊

Best wishes

Anna

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