I have found the
following web links to be very helpful to my preparation for surgery and general knowledge
Plastic Surgery Guide
Get answers to yours most worrying questions concerning surgery:
hazards and privileges for your health, postoperative
complications and average costs.
Obesity Action Coalition
OAC is an organization whose mission to elevate and empower those
affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. The OAC
fills the patient advocacy gap for the obese and morbidly obese
population. I encourage you to join this organization to make your voice
Bari Buddy" appears to be just a teddy bear, but is, in fact, a
specially designed pillow to help you cough and deep-breathe after
Bariatric surgery. The critical part of the recovery process is
also one of the most painful aspects of healing.
"Bari Buddy" is
designed to have a firm, flat back, so that he can serve as a
splinting device for the patient's incision.
He is totally machine washable and dryable, flame
retardant, and hypoallergenic.
WLS Lifestyles is a publication dedicated to serving
the needs of the pre and post-operative weight loss surgery
patients. Barbara is excited to be an exclusive contributor
to this publication. A one year subscription is $24.95.
Association for Morbid
This site is designed to provide a link to all of the people
exploring weight loss surgery. Current
membership totals more than 30,000.
It is necessary to register on this site in order to explore
it, but membership is free. Here
you will find local peers along with their experiences, surgeons in
your area complete with extensive comments from patients, before and
after photos, a clothing exchange, extensive journals of those taking
the weight loss surgery journey, and a section devoted to those who
have died from surgery.
Obesity Surgery Support
This is an online bulletin board whose purpose is to discuss and
offer support for the physical and emotional issues as they relate to
weight loss surgery for the morbidly obese.
Topics covered include types of surgeries available, dietary
guidelines, post-op reports, emotional, family, work, and recovery
issues. Currently there
are over 5,000 members. It
is necessary to join this list to access it, but membership is free.
This group is the “mother” list, but there are additional
OSSG groups that you can also join that have smaller memberships.
These include geographically regional groups as well as groups
for special subjects such as recipes, living alone, those who are more
than one year post-op, and insurance questions. You may “lurk” or
post to any of these lists after you have joined.
Emails are received singly or in digest form.
Previous messages can be accessed from the archives.
American Society for
This is the professional organization for surgeons performing
weight loss surgery. Here
you can find surgeons in your area who perform this surgery.
This site has extensive research information, especially on
types of surgeries available.
The Obesity Law and
The Obesity Law and Advocacy Center is a full-service private law
firm devoted to representing morbidly obese persons in a variety of
legal matters. They are especially effective in representing you against
your insurance company when you have been denied coverage for your
An informative site that discusses obesity and its effects.
The Association is devoted to advocacy, research and education.
Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery
A Pittsburgh, PA plastic surgeon's website that has excellent before
and after photos along with descriptions of the different procedures.
If you have suits in sizes that have become too big for you, consider
donating them to Dress For Success.
Dress For Success is a non-profit organization that was founded
The organization is in 60 cities in 4 countries and has helped
over 60,000 low-income women dress professionally for the workforce.
For each woman that they help, they give one suit for an
When she gets a job, she receives a second suit for work.
The organization takes donations of skirt and pant suits with
good matching blouses.
They also accept blazers, jackets, and new or nearly new dress
They are particularly in need of larger sizes.
They do ask that the clothing be in good and clean condition.