I’ve been obese pretty much my entire life. My highest weight being about 355 pounds. I got on the scale today and weighed 326 lbs. I’ve been doing the diet and exercise thing for like 10+ years. I’ll end up losing 20 pounds and then gain it all back. It’s a never ending cycle. I’ve been thinking…
It is great you are making an informed decision and it doesn’t surprise me your doctor suggested it because at some point, they realize the pattern and can see that you have been trying to make an effort to lose the weight naturally, but just can’t. It all happens for various different reasons, but what’s important is that you are making this decision for yourself.
VSG is extremely popular. It has a lot of the benefits that RNY provides, but it is not as extreme in the sense of completely dismantling your internal system. You are just getting part of your stomach removed, not being rewired. Lap Band is sort of hit and miss with people. From personal perspective and medical research extensively on it (plus counsel from my stepfather who is a doctor), Lap Band is generally more successful on patients that need to lose about 60 or so pounds. It is infinitely less extreme than VSG and RNY, but something to also keep in mind is that people who are much bigger and weigh in over 100+ pounds than what they should be tend to go back and have another weight loss surgery because the band failed them.
This isn’t to imply the band isn’t successful, but there is a high turn over rate and nothing is more demoralizing to someone who is trying to lose weight than to have to go through another weight loss surgery to achieve a healthier lifestyle. The band also requires you to always be making sure it is filled and adjusted properly, so I know many people dislike it based on that fact alone.
Either way, pick what’s going to be best for you. Most people within the WLS community here on Tumblr are so nice and helpful. You will find friends very quickly through here and a nice little internet support group. Make sure you get the most out of your pre-surgery classes because those lessons are going to be keys to your success. Best of luck. \o