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A friend of mine who is scheduled for surgery next year was recently experiencing anxiety, maybe because of the covid isolation. Is it okay to push thru with the surgery even if she has anxiety or could weight loss surgery help her?

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There is not one person here including myself that was not anxious or nervous about getting cut open and making the decision to get healhty. It is Normal - You should have here join here there are great support members and veterans here that may calm her down. My view is yes get it done before its to late and you die from being unhealthy

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32 minutes ago, Mr Alley Gator said:

There is not one person here including myself that was not anxious or nervous about getting cut open and making the decision to get healthy.

Um, I was neither anxious NOR nervous. But then again, I've gone through brain surgery so this was nothing compared to that and was like a walk in the park by comparison!

Anyway, being nervous or anxious about having surgery is normal. Not everyone feels that way depending upon what they've already gone through in their lives, but most do feel anxious and or nervous about surgery.

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Is your friend anxious about the surgery itself or has anxiety in general? Either way, that shouldn't prevent them from having surgery. Their surgeon's office should have a mental health specialist on staff to help talk them through it.

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I have anxiety which has gotten worse in the last several months. My dr. adjusted my medicines and it has been very manageable. When I went for my EGD in September, I was very anxious, for no reason at all. So I knew when surgery day came, I would be anxious that day as well. I was sleeved on 12/9. I had no issues. By the time I made it to the preop area, they started my iv and started me on Versed and a Scopolamine patch and I was fine. It all went by pretty quickly and I didn't have time to think about it. My anxiety hasn't been any different since surgery. I have been more irritable, but I'm sure that because my family is still eating food and I can't!!

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On 12/18/2020 at 9:57 PM, GradyCat said:

Is your friend anxious about the surgery itself or has anxiety in general? Either way, that shouldn't prevent them from having surgery. Their surgeon's office should have a mental health specialist on staff to help talk them through it.

I am not actually sure, she is set to talk to the mental health specialist to clear things out

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On 12/18/2020 at 11:46 PM, Cherie04 said:

I have anxiety which has gotten worse in the last several months. My dr. adjusted my medicines and it has been very manageable. When I went for my EGD in September, I was very anxious, for no reason at all. So I knew when surgery day came, I would be anxious that day as well. I was sleeved on 12/9. I had no issues. By the time I made it to the preop area, they started my iv and started me on Versed and a Scopolamine patch and I was fine. It all went by pretty quickly and I didn't have time to think about it. My anxiety hasn't been any different since surgery. I have been more irritable, but I'm sure that because my family is still eating food and I can't!!

I would be irritable too if my family is eating and I can't, LOL.

So I think there will be no problem if my friend has anxiety, and to some it's normal to be anxious when about to have surgery.

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On 12/18/2020 at 9:57 PM, GradyCat said:

Is your friend anxious about the surgery itself or has anxiety in general? Either way, that shouldn't prevent them from having surgery. Their surgeon's office should have a mental health specialist on staff to help talk them through it.

not really sure. she will push through with the surgery

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It's normal to be anxious before the surgery, some bariatric patients may feel even more anxious because the results do not become apparent on the day of surgery

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23 minutes ago, Numbheart said:

thank you for the info, how long would someone see the results after surgery?

It goes pretty fast for most people. A lot of the 'results' are not on the scale, but in experiencing improved ability to do basic things like walking, cutting one's toenails without getting winded, clothes fitting better. It seems like most people start having little victories already by Week 2.

At the end of the day, it's not something you should rush into, yet also something that is immensely beneficial, so definitely worth considering - even if she's suffering from anxiety. Only she knows.

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