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Gastric Bypass is a Deadly Hazard

This is why I will never have that surgery (from another blog about something else, names removed):
Three years earlier D had gastric-bypass surgery after which she lost an extraordinary amount of weight. By 2008 she needed a skin-reduction operation. In August D went back into the hospital for that surgery. Within a few days of the operation she became terribly ill. Her intestines had unexpectedly twisted causing her to become septic. Eight days later she was gone.
This woman's daughter had been bullied about her mother's weight. Not her own, her mother's weight. After she committed suicide over this and other bullying, her mother, D, got the bypass surgery. Three years later she was dead from complications. So now there were two casualties from the fat-shaming.

Gastric bypass is major, life threatening surgery. It can kill you just as dead as committing suicide from bullying. It's elective, no matter how much your doctor bullies you into it. No matter how much supposedly well meaning friends and family try to bully you into it.

What bypass pushers are saying is they would rather see you dead than "fat".

Fuck that.

Yes, it's your choice, but the fact is that it can kill you earlier than any supposed "complications of obesity". Sure, people get lucky, for a while, then 3 or more years later can die anyway. It also causes severe malnutrition and calcium leaching.

Ask yourself this: Is living up to society's expectation for a trim appearance worth dying for, worth leaving your family desolate and grieving? Is being fashionable worth your life?

Then make your choice.

P.S.: I know some of my friends who read this have had the surgery. Since it's your body, it's your choice. However, I can't agree with you on it. I'll support you in doing what you wish, but a part of me cries at the risk and the waste. I don't want to attend your funeral because of fashion.


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Nov. 4th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
I was ready my friends page when I saw this post... at first it looked like something I might've have written. I have very similar views on the surgery from my seeing friends go thru things very similar. In fact, after having brain surgery I choose to do something different. When I was told by the Neurosurgeon to drop the weight afterwards, I can honestly say Gastric Bypass was not in my top 5 options. My "baby sister" went thru the surgery, she has had several complications 5 years out that no one expected. And her story is the "GOOD ONE"! She was one of 3, the other 2 have died for weird, yet post-surgery related reasons. I am a big girl, getting better, but still 'clinically' 100 pounds over-weight, but I don't' care anymore. I am proud of my body, what it's been thru, the shape it's in. Here Here, no more fat-shaming!!!

Bravo for speaking the truth! I am behind you on this one!
Nov. 12th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW!
I've had brain surgery, and they labeled me "obese", but I'd never get a gastric bypass. I've been under the knife 3 times (AVM removal, appendix removal, hysterectomy), and the most risky was the brain surgery. I actually consider a gastric bypass more risky to long term health.
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