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Old 02-18-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Default Gastric Sleeve?

My mother got the gastric sleeve, went from 190 lbs to 100 lbs.

I've been considering it myself, but I'm having a hard time finding more information on it. It's not reversible right? I kind of like the idea of it, so I can lose weight, but at the same time I'm unsure.

Any ideas, suggestions?
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:35 AM   #2
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here's some basic information to get you started - http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/gastric.htm

are you able to talk with your mother's surgeon about having the surgery? most surgeons require people to attend a general information meeting before making an appt. It's important to understand what you're getting into - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

and the sleeve [aka vertical sleeve gastrectomy - to give you another search term] is indeed irreversible - most of your stomach is removed.

REMEMBER: surgery is NOT a quick fix - it's a FOREVER commitment, and most of the battle takes place in your head.
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

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weight at gastric bypass [Jan 29, 2002]: 409
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:57 PM   #3
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It is indeed not a quick fix. But one heck of a portion control tool. I had the sleeve done in Nov. I have to watch what I eat. And exercise. I now have little tolerance for fatty foods which is a good thing. Sugar doesn't bother me so I still have to watch that. Even though I knew going into the surgery it wasn't reversible I have to remind myself of that every time I take one more bite than I should. Almost 4 months out, it has been slow losing but steady. That is ok. I hope you think long and hard about your decision. Like they say..The surgeons can change your body but only you can change your way of thinking. best of luck, Sue

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Old 02-25-2013, 09:21 AM   #4
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I've had the sleeve. I'm a year and a half out and almost 170 lbs down. I have a blog I kept from pre-op until recently which you can find at mybariatricsurgery.blogspot.com Maybe you can find some answers to your questions there.
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