I was interested in this New York Times article about a new, “less invasive” weight loss surgery, currently in the experimental stage, in which surgeons go down the patient’s throat and staple the stomach from the inside.
In Mexico and Europe over the past two to three years, 98 patients have had the new weight-loss surgery, named Toga (for transoral gastroplasty). On average, those who have passed the one-year mark have lost about 40 percent of their excess weight. Only time will tell whether they will be able to avoid gaining it back.
The advantages of this new type of WLS include not having to cut through muscle, fewer complications, and less scarring.
The patient being profiled in this particular article is noteworthy too, touching on the question of why have weight loss surgery in the first place. She brings up the accessories thing as a motivation, even.
Her family, friends and boyfriend say she looks just fine. But she has mixed feelings about her appearance. She weighed 175 or 180 pounds in high school and was comfortable with that weight. But she gained 90 pounds in college and could not take it off. She hopes the operation will help her lose 60 pounds, maybe even in time for her graduation…
“I don’t feel like it’s a big issue, but of course it is,” she said. “If I go out with my sorority sisters or friends to buy clothes, I probably can’t buy where they do. I’m the one who comes out with accessories. That’s a bummer.”
More important, she said, is her health. She becomes winded too easily, and her blood pressure “is not great,” she said, adding, “I just want to live healthy and not be borderline anything.”
So, this brings up a few questions. Not only “should this person have gotten WLS in the first place?” but what if this method becomes widespread and WLS becomes less invasive? Would that change your stance on the issue at all? Does the idea of getting WLS one day being as easy as having a cavity filled excite you or anger you?
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