Originally Posted by aniela26
Don't panic, just start small! I went through something fairly similar last year (had my gallbladder out in October) and got on the right track by just counting calories and making an effort to exercise on a regular basis.
As far as WL surgery goes, I think that's up to you and you shouldn't let your doctor push that on you. Maybe see if your doctor can recommend a nutritionist first? I found that very helpful and not too expensive as my health insurance covers most of it, and I'm learning a lot of simple ways to eat healthier.
I couldn't agree more with this sentiment. I recently had my gallbladder removed, too, and neither my doctor nor my surgeon mentioned anything about WL surgery. I would be wary of any medical "professional" who would do such a thing so soon after a medically necessary surgery. To talk about WL, in general, is one thing. But to immediately jump to WL surgery is a whole other game.
My opinion is to research, research, research. Go to WL surgery message boards and ask questions. Get a second, third, or fourth opinion from an unassociated doctor. Meet with a nutritionist. Talk to a personal trainer. Pray, sleep, or meditate on it.
When I was younger, and more overweight than I am currently, I saw a surgeon, due to back pain. Instead of suggesting WL or referring me to someone who could help me with WL (nutritionist, etc.), he suggested a breast reduction surgery. Luckily, I was smart enough to walk out and never look back. Please be your own health advocate!