Topic: RE: 5 years +
You ask for 5 years out, but since you aren't getting a lot of response I thought I'd let you know how it is for me at 33 months out.
410 pounds, 5'6" unable to stand more than 3 minutes due to pain, taking 5 medications a day with blood work totally out of control. No quality of life. I went to work then home to rest up for the next day of work. Anything else just seemed like too much effort. I used only stores with electric carts.
188 pounds, size 10 pants 14/16 tops. Work out once a day 45 minutes, often twice a day. Work in my yards for hours without taking a break. I take no prescription drugs and have fabulous blood work. Quality of life is fabulous, I am on the go non stop rarely going home before 8-9 PM. I am traveling a lot now days and having a ball.
My WLS journey has been much easier than many peoples. I've thrown up twice in 33 months when I unthinkingly did something I was told not to do. At 60 my bone scan is better than it was prior to surgery and much better than most people my age. I have followed the doctors food/calcium/vitamin program with few exceptions. No complications of any kind.
I think if you read the post you will find even with health issues popping up for some people that they still say the surgery is the best thing they could have done for themselves. I probably know 150+ wls patients from support groups, but I only know one person who wishes he had not had it done. I know the couple well (she had wls first), and feel he was pushed into it by his wife. He wants to be able to eat like he did before surgery, but that's not possible because his pouch limits the quantity. He blames a heart attack and neuropathy on his wls but the truth is he had been overweight and diabetic for years, plus he was 68 years old. Yes wls could have been a contibuting factor, but these things happen to non wls patients every day with his medical history. Diabetes leads to neuropathy and heart attacks. Of course it's easier to blame all the problems on wls and who am I to say it wasn't due to the surgery.
This surgery isn't for sissies because you don't know going in what your experience will be. I don't think I would have had it for cosmetic reasons, but I'd reached a point that it was the only option for me.
The surgery is a life long commitment so don't push yourself to make the decision too quickly. I found the live support groups helped me to make the decision. I was looking at the results and hearing the good, bad & ugly about the surgery. A couple of people told about a complication and almost death experience, then said but I'd do it all over in a minute given the same cir****tances. Being able to question them face to face made me more comfortable. On the other hand there were a 70-80 people telling me how uneventful their wls had been and how happy they were to have had the surgery.
Best wishes in making the right decision for you.