I have always been on the heavy side. I made the decision in 2010 to have weightloss surgery. By the time I got all my papers together, my first appointment was in April 2011. I was a smoker and before the doctor would do my surgery I had to stay quit at least six months and take a blood Nicotine test once a month. I passed with flying colors!!! I finally got the news in November 2011 that I would have the surgery December 12, 2011 and had to go on a liquid diet for 2 weeks prior. Finally the day of surgery I was the biggest I had ever been at 505 pounds. I was type 2 diabetic taking 3 different pills a day plus going on sliding scale insulin while in the Hospital as well as having gout, borderline high bp, severe acid reflux, and severe fluid retention in my legs. Now it has been 17 months since surgery and I no longer have any of those problems except the acid reflux. The only complication I encountered was getting dehydrated 1month after surgery. Oh and did I mention I lost 215 lb?!