Weight Loss Surgery

Here are some links to my new blog bariatric.me about having bariatric surgery:

  • It’s exactly five months today since I had my gastric bypass surgery, and my progress so far is that I’m down 33 kg (5 st 3 lbs / 73 lbs) from my weight on the day of surgery. I’m really pleased with the weight loss, and I can definitely tell…
  • A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (or lap band) is an inflatable device that is placed around the top of the stomach. The band presses into the stomach to form a small pouch, and helps restrict the amount of food that can be consumed. The band pressure is adjusted by injecting…
  • If I need to add a bit of extra protein into my diet, I’ve found that Fulfil bar are a good and tasty choice, and they’re also Irish! Each 55 gram bar has 20 grams of protein in it, but less than 3 grams of sugar. So they’re a handy…
  • When surgeons talk about the expected weight loss outcomes of bariatric surgery, they talk about the expected percentage of loss of a person’s Excess Body Weight. For instance, they will say that a typical Gastric Bypass patient can expect to lose 70% of their excess body weight after about 12-18…
  • If you have private health insurance in Ireland, and you meet the general requirements, then the chances are your health insurance WILL cover the cost of surgery. Requirements In order to qualify for weight loss surgery you need to demonstrate to the bariatric team that you: Have a BMI over…
  • One of the things I’ve learned from reading the Facebook groups is that there’s a lot of Irish people going abroad to get bariatric surgery. The waiting list for getting weight loss surgery on the public health system is often years, and for those that don’t have private health insurance…
  • My weight loss progress over the last two weeks has not been great. I’ve only lost 0.4kg (about 1 pound) in weight over that time. It’s not a massive surprise to me, as I know my diet hasn’t been very healthy. I guess it’s the first time since surgery that…
  • With record numbers of COVID-19 positive people currently in hospital, the HSE in Ireland is taking over some of the capacity of private hospitals. It’s expected that around 25% of capacity in private hospitals will be controlled by the HSE for a period of about 12 months. That’s going to…
  • As I reflect on the past year, it’s with mixed feelings. For many people it’s been a horrible desperate year. The COVID-19 virus has impacted everyone, through sickness, loss of a livelihood, or impacts on physical or mental health. Many have lost loved ones and haven’t even been able to…
  • It’s just under 4 months since I had my gastric bypass, and as such my Christmas dinner was somewhat different and much smaller than in previous years! I still enjoyed the traditional turkey and ham dinner, but it was a smaller portion served on a side plate. The turkey came…