My Initial Thoughts On Having Bariatric Surgery

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to weight-loss surgery over the last week, and here’s what I know so far:

  • The surgeon I was referred to accepts my insurance, which makes it possible to consider.
  • If I have surgery, which I hope to do, I will choose the gastric sleeve.
  • Losing weight feels good, and that part will be awesome.
  • I know I’ll have to work at it.
  • The first month will be the hardest. It may or may not be miserable (mainly because I’ll wish I could chew food.)
  • People in my personal life who have had the sleeve have experienced great success with it.
  • I’ll have to spend the night in the hospital, which is not something I look forward to.
  • I’m honestly scared to think about having surgery.
  • I’m hopeful that it will eventually be among the best health decisions I’ve ever made.
  • I’ll get to drink the protein shakes that I love now. (Shout out to Tera’s Whey! That stuff is awesome!)
  • My family will be super supportive.
  • I’ll have to take some time off work.
  • My boyfriend will be my strong arm, and he’ll help Mom while she helps me.
  • I’ll take more selfies. (Okay, I’m kidding. I already take enough selfies.)

The thing is…I already love my life and the people in it. I have a loving and supportive family, a job that I enjoy, an awesome circle of friends, a relationship with a intelligent, loyal guy (whom I now talk about online) and a church family who loves me too. My life is already good, and I want to be around as long as possible to enjoy it.

I haven’t been to the consultation yet, but I’ll make the appointment this week. It’s not a quick process, but I’m relieved that it’s starting. I’m doing a sleep apnea test at home next week, which should be interesting. I don’t snore, typically sleep through the night and wake up feeling rested. I don’t think I suffer from sleep apnea, but I’m going to go through every test I need to take.

 

22 thoughts on “My Initial Thoughts On Having Bariatric Surgery

  1. Danielle Bonine

    Girl! I love how you look at every aspect of a situation. I will be with you for the whole thing even though I’m far away! You rock and you deserve complete happiness!

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  2. Jennifer johns

    I know that you have people within your circle to talk to but I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns about the sleeve! I’m 16 months out from sleeve surgery. There are lots of Facebook groups that are great resources as well!

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    1. Kenlie Post author

      That’s awesome, Jennifer. Thank you for being willing to talk about it. I’d like to hear about your recovery and what it was like going through the approval process.

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  3. S

    All the best to you, sweet girl. I had VSG 3 years ago. It was my first surgery EVER. My recovery was a walk in the park. I never touched a pain med (not even ibuprofen) after surgery. I’m sure you’ve done your research. I hope you have a stellar connection with your surgeon. It’s still work 3 years later, but best decision I’ve ever made for me.

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    1. Kenlie Post author

      I’ve heard that from many people. They say it was the best decision ever, and I’m hoping that it will be the same for me if I do it. I’m starting the process now.

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  4. HEIDI

    Before i had my sleeve 3/7/16, i had NEVER had surgery or stayed in the hospital. The first week after is the hardest because you are recovering from surgery, but then its not so bad. Ive not had any issues whatsoever & can eat anything, just in very small amounts. Its the best decision that ive ever made! My starting weight was 311 & i’m 239 now. Its not always easy, but its a wonderful journey to go on!

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      1. Heidi

        I started my Kaiser program at 311 in January 2016. I was required to lose weight before they gave me the surgery. On the day of surgery, I weighed 285. So, i’ve lost 46 lbs since March. I am losing about 10 lbs per month.

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        1. Heidi

          Also, I should mention that they won’t give you the sleeve with certain medical issues (in my program anyway). If you have any problems with Acid reflux, they recommend going with the Bypass. I love the sleeve though and would recommend it if you qualify! 🙂

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  5. Mary Jo

    I’ve been a years-long lurker and am excited for you. I think you have a great chance of success because you are already happy with much of your life and you’re not looking at WLS as a magic cure. I have had two WLS – in 2001 and revision in 2013. I’m an example of a WLS fail so if you ever want to chat about thoughts about it that may help avoid my path, let me know. Mary Jo

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    1. Kenlie Post author

      Thanks for your encouragement, Mary Jo. This surgery does just seem like another step in the right direction. My life is pretty great, so I’d like to be as healthy as I can throughout it.

      I’d love to hear your story.

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  6. TC

    Good for you, God Bless, I’m sure that you will find the right path for yourself, whatever that is 🙂

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  7. alleen fish

    I went to the Dr. 4 years ago to see if I could have surgery. He said my heart condition and my medical record scared him so he refused to do surgery. About 15 years a go I had an evaluation for the surgery and he was ready to do it but my insurance said no. My husband feels that is an omen for me not to do the surgery. I have tried every diet I can think of but nothing works for me. So good luck on your decision.

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    1. Kenlie Post author

      I definitely wouldn’t want to do it if the surgeon wasn’t comfortable with it. I think it’s smart that you didn’t go through with it, but that must have been frustrating too.

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  8. beckeh

    Hi, I have been a silent follower for a few years now. I just wanted to say that I had a gastric bypass last September and it is the best thing I have ever done. To date I have lost 151lbs and still losing. Yes it was hard and I did not expect the level of tiredness that came along in the first few weeks but I would do it all over again if I had to.

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  9. Shelly

    My sister had the sleeve in mid Feb and as of today has lost 85 pounds. She had to go through a bunch of tests and see nutritionist for some time but is very happy with her progress. My insurance won’t pay for it and to expensive for us to pay so I keep slogging along.

    On another subject, my husband and I are planning a trip to New Orleans, either Nov or Dec, when do you think is best time. I’d like to go on riverboat ride, hub wants to see WWII museum and just hang out for a day or two. I hope you will meet us for a drink, either alcohol or protein, I would hate to be stalking the y.

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    1. Kenlie Post author

      I have to go through a bunch of tests too, which have started. There’s still a long way to go, but I’m going.

      I’d love to meet you when you’re in New Orleans. I live only a couple of blocks from the French Quarter, but I rarely go there. I’ve always wanted to visit the WWII museum, but I haven’t been there yet. (It’s also close to home.)

      Keep me updated!

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  10. Lea Goossen

    It’s an exciting time, deciding to go for WLS. I had my RNY (bypass) in June of 2015. My high weight that I have on record is 398. My day of surgery, I was at 350. Today I’m at 218 and still losing. I’m so happy. I don’t feel that food rules my life anymore. And the things I can do now!!!! Whatever I want, really! I’m no longer hostage in my body. Best wishes to you!

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  11. Emily Uhl (FitandFreeEmily)

    I’m so excited for you, Kenlie! I just had RNY Gastric Bypass surgery 3.5 weeks ago and, man, I wish I had done this YEARS AGO.

    Don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or message any time if you want to chat about it! <3 <3

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