new article on sleeve outcomes
- some folks had open instead of lap procedures - they were generally super-obese
- after 18 months, the average excess weight loss was just under 50%, but some folks lost nearly 75% of their excess weight
- 25% of these patients added a malabsorption component later - 22% went with the duodenal switch, and 3% went with the gastric bypass
- about half of patients needed iron and/or vitamin B12 supplements, and about 1/3 of patients needed other vitamin supplements
so, bottom line - the sleeve is safe and effective, and patients need to be monitored for vitamin levels. just like with everything else!
Start your day with a smile, and get it over with.
Keeping it off is a hundred decisions a day that help you maintain what you achieved. And that's the hard part. - L Sanders
start: 506 [Sept 2001]
weight at gastric bypass [Jan 29, 2002]: 409
current weight: 225
weight for plastic surgery: 200
final goal: 180
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