This morning I was saddened to read that yet another woman died after going through lap-band surgery.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Paula Rojeski was 5 foot 5 and weighed approximately 180 pounds which is not significantly overweight in my opinion – at least not overweight enough to go under the knife.
One thing I learned at UCLA as a clinical dietitian is that there is a very fine line between surgery and death. One should not consider anesthesia unless it is absolutely medically necessary.
Is it medically necessary to lose 30-40 pounds? It is extremely healthful but not medically necessary.
Many people, including this woman yearned for a better life and thought this would be the magic to take her there. Sadly, her life ended abruptly.
And the major issue not addressed regarding these surgeries is this:
They treat the symptom, not the cause
You lose weight since your stomach is the size of a walnut, but eventually research shows individuals gain the weight back within 5 years.
In addition, many patients who had this and bypass surgery are now presenting with multiple vitamin/mineral deficiencies, which are difficult to treat.
Healing your relationship with food and figuring out a plan with a qualified health care professional that will support you through the process is the most effective.
I’ve had many clients lose 30, 50, 100 pounds over time. Did they struggle? Absolutely. Was the process hard? No question. Making a lifestyle change is never an easy or a straight road.
We live in a world of instant gratification.
I want the weight to come off NOW
The turtle wins the race with respect to weight management. Losing weight where the body is not forced to change quickly allows fat versus muscle mass loss, allowing the body the dignity to change over time.
Why go under the knife to risk your life? Sure, there are many qualified surgeons who can perform this surgery without complications but there is still the issue of why the problem occurred in the first place.
If you’ve got significant weight to lose, obtaining professional help and support to get you through the tough periods is necessary.
However, your life will be yours and is not put in someone else’s hands to decide your fate.