now before I start, I would like to preface this by saying everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another.
However this is my thinking about surgery as it applies to ME. I only post this so you can undertand what my thinking is - I don't want to tell you to have or not to have surgery as I don't know your circumstances.
My choice would be not to have any surgical procedure unless I had given every possible thing a red hot go to get my weight down via diet and exercise, OR that I was extremely obese and ran the risk of very serious health issues or death if I did not get my weight down NOW type situation.
My reasoning for this is that surgery is not a quick fix IMHO. liposuction will get rid of excess fat, but if you don't learn new habits it will come back. Gastric bypass and lap banding are tools you can use but still require you to make changes to how/what you eat and you still need to exercise (I do actually know people who have had lap banding done and they emphasise this point). Ergo, if I were to go to surgery as anything other than a last resort, I feel that I personally would not get the experience of making the proper diet and exercise changes needed to make these work in the long run, making the surgery costly and ultimately ineffective. There are also the risks associated with any type of surgery of mishaps, anaesthetic problems (which are more likely in overweight people, but still low in Aus) or infection.
Cosmetic surgery following weightloss (such as to get rid of excess skin after quick and drastic loss) is a different matter and is still a personal choice. I personaly don't appear to have that issue so I wouldn't personally get that done.
35kg lost. (November 2005 - October 2006)
15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!
"You can't change the winds, but you can change the sails"
"Reach out and take control of what lands in your lap"