First, I should offer some info on the two procedures my doctor does.
Gastric bypass is the more drastic surgery, as it re-routes your digestive tract. It is also a longer surgery.
There are two steps during gastric bypass (emphasis mine) surgery:
Certainly, as with any surgery, there are risks. I have researched them extensively. I know how my lifestyle MUST change after surgery. Not only will I be incredibly limited with what foods and how much food I can eat, but I know I will get sick if I go against the set regimen. Right now, I am trying different protein drinks to see what I like and what I don't. That way, when I get to the time where I am limited to only those drinks, I won't have to mess around with them and learn that some are downright disgusting! I am prepared to follow the plan and to exercise as soon as I'm medically cleared and have lost enough weight that the strain on my back is minimal. I'm not so much focused on the scale, but as a self-proclaimed "fat chick" the scale will always be a tool in gauging where I stand. Of course the way clothes fit and the ability to do more and more exercise will be huge indicators as well.
Because I take so many meds and drink intake at one sitting is limited, I am concerned about that, but have already alerted my doc to that concern. I'll speak more with the dietitian and RN about that.