Surgery in one week! So Anxious

on 9/11/18 12:33 pm
VSG on 09/18/18

Hi everyone,

I am so glad I found this group, i have been reading a lot of the posts. Thank you for sharing.

I have my surgery 9/18/2018 and I get more and more nervous about my first surgery.

Any helpful tips, i feel i am expecting horrible things.


Shannon S.
on 9/11/18 5:16 pm
VSG on 11/07/17

Congratulations on your surgery date!!

My only advice is to pack light comfy clothes, slip on shoes (so you don't have to bend), and your own toiletries.

Don't be afraid. You'll be fine. This surgery is very routine and safe, and you won't regret it!

Wishing you the best possible outcome!

on 9/11/18 7:21 pm
VSG on 09/18/18

Thanks for the advice, after reading here I am feeling calmer

Jess Says Yes
on 9/11/18 9:05 pm
VSG on 10/24/17

It's very normal to feel nervous before any surgery, much less one that also includes major lifestyle changes. I found recovery tough but very manageable and now at 11 months out I feel fantastic and so grateful! Just take it all step by step.

Before surgery I took before pictures and wrote myself a letter about why I chose to have surgery. I also recommend completing The Beck Diet Solution workbook. The mind stuff is much harder than the physical stuff!

Good luck!


To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. - Oscar Wilde

Age: 36 Height: 5'9" HW:326 GW:180

Pre-op:-32 M1-26 M2-11 M3-13 M4-10 M5-13 M6-8 M7-12 M8-7 M9-7 M10-0 M11-11

on 9/12/18 5:31 am
VSG on 09/18/18


Thank you for these tips, I will work on doing the pictures and a letter tonight.

on 9/12/18 6:26 am

You will be ok. When I got nervous about whether I was making the right decision, I thought about what being obese the rest of my life would feel like.

Surgical complication rate is on par with that of a knee replacement surgery. It will be scary and uncomfortable at first. Then all of that will be in the rear view mirror. I had my VSG in June, and all the rough stuff is already starting to fade.

I still feel nervous in the sense that I know that doing this surgery was a big deal and a "last stand" that will only work as long as I'm actively making sure it does. That's daunting. But again, less daunting than a life of being low energy and uncomfortable.

HW: 260 - SW: 250

GW (Surgeon): 170 - GW (Me): 150

on 9/12/18 1:09 pm
VSG on 09/20/18

My surgery is just two days after yours. I too am nervous, but I am trying to think about how glad I will be that I did this at this time next year.

We are going to be fine :)

I will be thinking of you next Tuesday and sending you good (and calming) thoughts!

Age 56. HW: 233 SW: 214 VSG 9/20/18, Hosp. of the Univ. of Pennsylvania, Dr. Noel Williams

on 9/12/18 5:01 pm
VSG on 09/26/18

My surgery is on the 26th and I think my husband is more nervous than I am. That's not to say I am not nervous, but I know this is the right decision for me and I feel as if it is the right decision for you. We made the decision to have the VSG because of health reasons and/or self-esteem. Whatever your reason it will be for the betterment of you life. Think about what's after the surgery and how well you will feel. That is what keeps me from going bananas about the whole surgery.

on 9/12/18 9:05 pm
VSG on 09/17/18

I hear ya , iam scheduled for mon 9/17 and I don't feel ready, I dont want to fail and continue to feel like this anymore, gd luck and let me know how you do.

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 9/14/18 12:15 am - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16

For me, VSG ended up being the easiest surgery I've ever had. It wasn't like not having surgery but I expected it to be much more painful/difficult than it actually ended up. And the results are so worth it regardless!

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 (BMI 38.8) SW: 185 GW: 125 CW: 115-118 (BMI 20.4-20.9) - TT and facelift 1/11/2017 - Brow and eyelid PS 12/11/2017.

WL: Pre-op: -34 M1: -17 M2: -12 M3: -11 M4: -7 M5: -7 M6: -5.5 M7: -3.3 M8: -3.3 M9: -2.5 UNDER GOAL since 10/12/2016 - in current range since 12/10/2016. Average maintenance calories 1350