Advice on picking a surgery date?

on 10/25/18 3:08 pm
VSG on 12/27/18

I'm meeting with my surgeon on November 14 to schedule my surgery date. I was wondering everyone's thoughts on whether I should do it during the holidays or after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thoughts?


5'6" Female 31 years old

HW: 273 / SW: 261 / GW:140

Gwen M.
on 10/25/18 3:10 pm
VSG on 03/13/14

Consider that you'll likely be on a liquid diet for a max of two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks after. Have you done work with a therapist that will help you get through the holidays with a new mindset?

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 42 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

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on 10/25/18 3:29 pm
VSG on 12/27/18

Good point. I am meeting with a dietitian as part of my pre-op requirements, but we haven't talked about the holiday eating or mindset yet. I hope we will do that in our last session on 11/8/18.


5'6" Female 31 years old

HW: 273 / SW: 261 / GW:140

on 10/26/18 8:10 am

Meeting with a dietitian is not the same as meeting with a therapist. Regardless of when you choose to have WLS, you really should follow Gwen's advice and start addressing your food issues with a therapist, and select one that is experienced with bariatric patients. Good luck!

on 10/25/18 7:22 pm

Do you do a lot during the holidays? The pre-Op diet and surgical recovery can cause a lot of fatigue. If it was me, I'd schedule after the holidays because I have tons to do during that period.

Does your insurance have an annual deductible? That'd be a really great reason to wait until after January 1st.

HW: 260 - SW: 250

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

on 10/26/18 4:30 am - Woburn, MA

It depends on how motivated you are. I had lapband the day before Thanksgiving - and obviously was not able to eat before/on or after the holiday. I felt like I could sacrifice one Thanksgiving for a life of health. I ended up having the lapband removed and got VSG about a week after Easter. My nutritionist gave me permission to eat on Easter (I was on liquid pre op diet) and so I ate 4 oz of ham and some veg. Christmas may be a tough one to get through, but I would opt for the earliest date and get my life to thin on track asap...but that's just how i roll. Good luck!

VSG on 04/28/2014

Laura in Texas
on 10/26/18 8:15 am

I say do it as soon as you can get on your surgeon's schedule. If you get it done before the holidays, it may be tough, but you will be fine.

I am a teacher and was hoping to get mine done during the summer but I was not able to get on my surgeon's schedule until September. Not ideal since the school year had already started, but I was ready to begin my journey and did not want to wait until the holidays or the summer to get it done. I wanted my new life to start ASAP.

Laura in Texas

53 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 170 (BMI=27)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

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Jess Says Yes
on 10/26/18 9:03 am
VSG on 10/24/17

Another vote for meeting with a therapist to help you along this journey!

You may also want to consider how it will impact your finances. I had mine done at the end of the year which saved me money as I had met my insurance deductible already. I was willing to have a subdued holiday season.

Scheduling it following the holidays could lead to a lot of "last holiday meals" & "food funerals" which can be damaging. The sooner you take the leap the sooner you'll be on your way to your goal.


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

Ms Shell
on 10/26/18 9:06 am - Hawthorne, CA

When I initially met with my surgeon my surgery was to be scheduled in January. They called a few days later with a cancellation and that day was 11/26, the Monday after Thanksgiving. Luckily my surgeon only required 1 day of full liquids. They allowed me to think about it because after all it was the middle of the Holidays.

After a day I JUMPED at the opportunity to start my new life on 11/26/07 and I haven't looked back or regretted it since.

"WLS is only for people who are ready to move past the "diet" mentality" ~Alison Brown
"WLS is not a Do-Over (repeat same mistakes = get a similar outcome.)  It is a Do-BETTER (make lifestyle changes you can continue forever.)" ~ Michele Vicara aka Eggface

Valerie G.
on 10/26/18 11:34 am - Northwest Mountains, GA

I would gauge it to your usual holiday activities.

DS 2005

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