My Gastric Sleeve (VSG) Journey

by Stacy
(United States)

At goal

At goal

When was your weight loss surgery?

June 11, 2010

Which surgery was it?
Sleeve (VSG)

Starting weight or BMI:
36.6

Current weight or BMI:
143.8 (BMI 23.03)

I initially thought I'd get 'banded' but after extensive research about it and VSG I decided to go with the sleeve surgery. I'm really glad I did.

I was a self pay patient. A surgeon in Dallas performed my surgery. I didn't have to jump through all the hoops that you have to when dealing with an insurance company.

I made the decision in Dec. '09 to have surgery but did not jump right away, I read up on both, searched for a doctor in Texas and took my time.

I have lost 85 lbs - I'm seven lbs below my surgeon's goal. I reached goal just under five months. I have to say I had the easiest time with surgery, no problems, very little pain.

I took pain medication the first week, only at night. The heating pad during the day was my friend. I followed the surgeon's advice as far as diet for the first six weeks. Some might say I've been obsessive, but I've been successful!!

I have not experienced hunger since surgery, starting about the third month I started feeling empty some times, I think that is my 'new hunger'. It's great, I hope it stays this way forever.

I eat because it tastes good and because I know I must. I've never had any hair issues, but I was determined to keep my protein up and I started taking Biotin a couple of months before surgery.

I have a 5 lb weighted ball and a 'band' that I exercise with, focusing on my arms. I'm not an exercise "nut", that is not how I lose weight.

I made life changes that I knew I could live with before surgery.....cutting out carbs that I know I can live without and do not miss mainly. Cold cereal, chips and I cut out all bread before surgery. I have some occasionally now.

It's been disgustingly easy, a new way of life, not a diet, but a new way. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Never any regrets. I love my sleeve!

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