I'm writing this because we have "promoted" this site on facebook and I know how hard it is for us vets to remember: there was a time when I thought surgery was TOO DRASTIC. I was a "lightweight" (in WLS circles, that can be 150 pounds overweight) and our society is so used to large people that this seems, well, normal. so we forget how drastic it is to live obese and morbidly obese and so on. that's what's drastic. surgery for a medical problem? it should be used more often. it should not be the last resort - but that was the way I saw it before I learned about it. and I didn't learn about it from my doctor, no, I learned by reading the experiences of those who had it.