I consider bariatric surgery a second chance. It offers people a second chance to do things differently; a re-do. We have all stumbled in life and found ourselves in situations we wish we could reverse. Family demands, work schedules, commitments, or stress may have prevented you from exercising like have wanted or eating as well as you should. When life is hectic it can be easier to just go through a drive-thru to pick up a quick meal. Joint pains can make exercising painful and sometimes it can feel too embarrassed to go to a gym. Pregnancy can cause too much weight gain that becomes stubbornly hard to lose.
No matter what the reason for obesity, bariatric surgery offers a chance to lose weight and to do things differently the second time around. I have witnessed numerous patients regard their second chance with an “I’m not going back” attitude. They simply refuse to go back to their pre-operative weight. They exercise regularly, eat low calorie foods, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is important to recognize that you can’t take your second chance and live as you did during the first go-round. Eating the same foods and maintaining a sedentary lifestyle will give the same results as the first time- weight gain. You must adopt a healthy way of living to make the most of your second chance.
Carl Lowe, Jr., MD