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Obese Woman Celebrates a 12-Year Mark of Her Gastric Bypass Surgery by Keeping the Weight Off

London, United Kingdom Health & Fitness March 26 @ 1:40am

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At 60, woman is happy to be alive and healthy 12 years after having weight loss surgery

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When the nurse asked me to step on one of those big scales with huge numbers placed in the waiting room, I simply refused it.
It was pointless weighting me. I was there because of stomach pain.

'I understand, but this is part of the new hospital procedures and we have to know your weight before the doctor sees you,' she said.

'No, I'm not stepping on that,' I replied with growing anxiety.
She told me if I refused, the doctor wouldn't be able to see me.
Now I had the entire room's attention. Everyone was looking and waiting for me to step on that scale.

It was really embarrassing. I couldn't run away or hide myself. When I saw the weight indicator hit staggering 16 stones, I was deeply shocked.

I knew I was fat, but I didn't know I was obese. It was simply too much for a 5-foot tall woman like me...
Additional information
Weight gain after gastric bypass surgery occurs in about half of all patients within 2 years.

An increasing number of people are seeking treatment abroad, as costs for private treatment are often cheaper in other countries and the demand on the NHS is higher than the supply.

The case study paid for her surgery abroad.

The UK National Bariatric Surgery Registry

In overview:
• 161 surgeons from 137 hospitals recorded 32,073 operations; 18,283 in the three financial years ending 2011, 2012 and 2013.

• In 2011-2013 76.2% operations were funded by the National Health Service; 22.6% were independently funded and a tiny proportion were paid for by private insurers.

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