For my latest adventure, I went to hospital for removal of my gastric band. What will I get up to next? Bariatric surgery or any surgery is never pleasant, but my experience in the Chichester Suite at St Richards Hospital was pretty good. I was there for one day only, arriving at 7:30 AM and going home about 12 hours later.
Gastric Band – not for everyone
People have had wonderful success with permanent weight-loss with these devices, but it hasn’t been the Holy Grail of weight loss for me. For the first couple of years, I was very happy with my gastric band. Then I started getting some problems and gaining weight and eventually it was diagnosed that the band had slipped. Since going vegan this year, I’ve realised that eating a plant-based diet and not calorie restricting is a much better way for me to regain health. Because the implant is reversible, it was an easy decision for me to have it removed.
Bariatric Team is great
The bariatric team that looked after me was wonderful. The nursing staff looked after me all day and the surgeon, anaesthetist, theatre staff and everyone was fantastic. You hear terrible things about the NHS and hospitals but I can’t fault the treatment I had. Even the meals were tasty. The first thing I had to eat after a week on a milk diet was Boston Beans and I must find a recipe for this.
Yes, I was indeed singing on the operating table. Singing is wonderful medicine and triggers all sorts of pleasure centres in the brain, “singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits.” Well, who wouldn’t like some of that? Read more here.
Future looks rosy
The plan now is to get off all medications and eat a normal healthy plant-based diet. This should give me a full recovery from surgery in the short-term and better health than I’ve had for years in the long-term.
Have you had keyhole surgery? Would you consider a gastric band for weight-loss?