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My primary doctor tells me constantly that I shouldn't have the operation because of all the bad side effects it can give me long term. I can do the operation privately without a referral but I am still concerned because of his opinion.

I suffer from a lot of pain due to GERD and taking Omeprazole for it. But I am sick of it and it doesn't help me 100%. I am sick of nights with so much pain that I can't sleep.

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Your doctor is way behind the times on WLS. What other out-of-date ideas does he have? You may want to find a new primary care physician. If not, you could refer him to some reading material.

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Almost everyone I talked to pre-WLS was against it. I asked my surgeon about the long term effects, I was concerned the surgery and the possible malnutrition would be detrimental to my long term health. Her response was that the long term side effects of being obese were much more dangerous. I went ahead with the surgery and am SO happy that I did. Do your own research, read as many books as you can and make your decision. A lot of doctors have their own opinions without having done research.

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If you are really concerned about his opinion I would ask follow up questions. Does he know of people with these bad side effects that had the operation you are considering in the recent past? Has he researched the statistical date of these bad side effects to see how often that does happen with recent surgeries? I could Go on but the most important thing is to see if the information he is referring to is from a recent surgery because back in the day WLS was risky but now it is not nearly as risky. He may be referring to people who had the surgery years ago.

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If you have GERD now, then you should opt for a gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y, always abbreviated RNY here). It's literally the solution for GERD and sometimes when vertical gastric sleeve (VSG) patients get GERD post-op, they revise the surgery to RNY.

So let me ask you this: what's worse for your health? Having to monitor your blood levels of Vitamins and supplement, or being obese and developing comorbidities?

You'll find a LOT of people think that surgery is somehow a way of "cheating". Don't listen to those idiots, who've never looked into it.

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My Primary is against it and I flat out asked him to recommend a colleague who was more compatible with me. I now see another doctor within the practice (who I had seen previously for sick visits, etc.) so not someone 100% new to me.

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