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The Years (By)Pass

Posted on 2008.08.17 at 18:38


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onceupon at 2008-08-17 23:58 (UTC) (Link)
The gastric bypass industry has vastly changed even in the 6 years since your friends surgery. It's pushed on people who weigh as little as 200 pounds. I have fended off brochures from more than one doctor and, even though my grandmother's eyelashes fell out due to malnutrition and complications when she had the surgery in the 80s, she has suggested it as well. If doctors were presenting it as a last resort, I'd have a lot less issue with the industry but it's presented as a magical cure. And I think that is totally scary.

I wish your friend continued health and wellness!
charlesofcamden at 2008-08-18 00:18 (UTC) (Link)
That's some depressing news. I just want to shake some of these doctors. I hope we don't reach a point where all of these unnecessary surgeries and unscrupulous doctors create a backlash that prevents and discourages people from getting these procedures who really need them.
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onceupon at 2008-08-18 00:36 (UTC) (Link)
What I would like to see is an alternative to these surgeries. Right now, there are NO OPTIONS. I don't think gastric bypass is a good thing. I can't support it, though I have friends who have had it and I support their personal choices because I am all about body autonomy. But I'd much rather live in a world where someone who felt like it was their only option had some other resources.
charlesofcamden at 2008-08-18 01:03 (UTC) (Link)
I suppose it's a matter of perspective. For my friend, she thinks back to when she was fat in the 1970s and sees that as a time when there were truly no options. By comparison, gastric bypass is an option that, in her view, has saved her life and enhanced it far beyond what it could have been had she been born in an earlier generation. In my view, gastric bypass is like any tool -- it's a wonderful thing that makes the world a better place if it's used wisely. By analogy, a hammer may be used to build a house, or it may be used irresponsibly to commit mayhem. What we have right now is a lot of doctors swinging the hammer of gastric bypass very irresponsibly, threatening to give a bad name to something that ought to be regarded as a wonderful, and less common, procedure.
Hand built by robots.
onceupon at 2008-08-18 01:05 (UTC) (Link)
My point is that sometimes a hammer is useful but having a variety of hammers is even better. Because if your job calls for a tack hammer and all you have is a 70lb sledge....
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onceupon at 2008-08-18 01:06 (UTC) (Link)
Plus, I admit, I don't think gastric bypass even approaches wonderful. I think the impact it had on your friend's life is wonderful but the surgery itself? Not so much.
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