I’ve been a bariatric surgeon or a weight
loss surgeon for about 20 years now and the thing that struck the most is that when patients
come back to see us a year or two years after surgery they don’t say, “Hey doc, Iost weight.
” They say, “my relationship is better than it’s ever been.” Sometimes they say, “I’ve
got out of an abusive relationship.” They say, “I got pregnant when I couldn’t for very
many years.” They say, “I can walk, I can run after my kids, I can sit in the seat of
an airplane and not worry that other people are looking at me.” How people feel about
themselves and how people perceive the rest of the world sees them are far more impactful
and far more meaningful than how much weight you lose. In fact, when you talk to patients,
the last thing they tell you is I lost 100 pounds. They say, “My marriage is better,
my diabetes has gone away, I can sit in the front seat of the car without feeling embarrassed,
and by the way, I lost 20 pounds!” That to me is far more meaningful than how much weight
you lose. We’re not just getting patients to lose weight. Losing weight has almost nothing
to do with it. We’re making people’s lives better forever. I hope that one day you can
join our family.