Well I mean, sometimes this blog is about weight loss surgery isnt it? So I have been wondering a few things and have often thought "Damn...if only I had access to a community of weight loss surgery readers"...
and then I realized....
However, this will require some of you to actually comment. And truuuuust me, TRUST ME, I do a lot more blog reading than I do actual commenting, but I need actual comments this time.
I want to throw a term out there for you to "react" to. I want to know what you think about when you here the term "AFTERCARE" in reference to your surgery (you don't have to be a bandster to respond, any kind of WLS).
First, is the term aftercare one that you have ever heard or used? If so, in what context.
Second, if we think of aftercare as the follow-up care required by your surgery, do you think that the "Aftercare" of lapband patients, the fills, follow-up visits, etc...has a negative connotation? Do people considering WLS balk at the thought of having to get fills and adjustments? Or do you think that the idea of fills is a selling point for the band?
I will share with you my answers.
#1. I have never heard of our follow up care as aftercare. This is not a term used at my doctors office, on my blog, or seemingly anywhere that I have been paying attention to. I use the term post-op to refer to everything that is included in the care required for my band.
#2. People who have chosen gastric bypass over lapband have said to me "I didn't want to have to get fills for the rest of my life"...and in that sense, it was a con on their list. For me, it was a PRO. I loved the idea of being able to work with my doctor, for the life of my band, to determine what was the right restriction level. It can be frustrating when you are searching for restriction, or when you get too tight...but still....you can determine what your "normal" is. And I like that. I like that a lot.
So there you go. Not a difficult assignment for a Thursday morning. I just wanted to get a pulse check and to see if I was really out of the loop with such a term.
Thanks star students!