Bariatric Surgery: Karen's Story

Bariatric Surgery: Karen's Story

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  • You almost fainted again at the hawker centre, Mum! When was the last time you went for a check-up? 
  • Last month, I think. I must have forgotten to take my diabetes medication this afternoon.
  • I keep forgetting to take my medication. Even my sons are worried. They shouldn't worry about these things at such a young age... Am I being a good mother to them?
  • Your BMI is 33, which is a bit on the high side. Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, would help with your diabetes and bring down your weight. We can go through what options are available for you and...
  • Wait, is surgery the only option? What if it doesn't work? Or worse, what if I don't wake up from it?
  • The risk of death after surgery is about 0.13%, but death in association with diabetes is reduced by 90% if you had the operation. I have a VR headset here that can help project how you would look like a year after the surgery.
  • Ok, I guess it won't hurt.
  • It's possible, but you will need to make lifestyle changes too. You'd be a good candidate for the surgery.
  • We can talk about it. But first, take a seat...
  • All right, just put this headset on and you'll soon see the projection...
  • Oh my goodness! Will I really lose that much weight?
  • I see. What sort of changes do I need to make?
  • It's basically weight loss surgery, and I would need to make dietary changes after the surgery as well.
  • Great news! The doctor told me about bariatric surgery, and my diabetes would be easier to manage after going through it.
  • Thank you boys. Let's tell Dad when he gets home.
  • Oh, what is it about?
  • It sounds like a major operation, but we'll support you if you want to go through it Mum.
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