I had a total thyroidectomy in early 2K. Put on a TON of weight. After 3 years of research & going back & forth on deciding, I had my VSG in November 2021, just 5 months ago. I I was in the same boat as you - wondering if the surgery would actually make a difference. It was quite worrisome for me. But - it HAS made a difference! I've lost 55 lbs since the surgery, 96 lbs total adding in the pre-op diet & on my own (after my 1st consultation w/my surgeon I decided to get busy!). I'm probably a bit of a slow loser, compared to some others here. But I'm doing it. It is totally within reach for you, and you WILL lose weight!