Sleeve gastrectomy

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  1. Aug 18, 2016 #1

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    Has anybody here had the sleeve gastrectomy or is thinking of having it? I am going through my insurance to have weight loss surgery and I want the sleeve gastrectomy.
     
  2. Aug 21, 2016 #2

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    What does the sleeve gastrectomy entail?
     
  3. Aug 21, 2016 #3

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeve_gastrectomy


    This procedure is irreversible but leaves a digestive system -- that is other than the reduced stomach -- more or less intact. The procedure seems to be almost as effective as more extreme operations. Thus its fast becoming the go to WLS option.

    I'm planning to have this procedure.
     
  4. Aug 23, 2016 #4

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    What are you looking for? Information? Support?

    I can point you in the direction of some sites and groups that I used pre and post op.
     
  5. Sep 18, 2017 #5

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    Scheduled for surgery the day after tomorrow. Quite nervous but hopeful. I've been having some weight related health issues that I'm hoping WLS will mitigate (getting old sucks).
     
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    Good luck, BM. Fingers crossed that this helps improve your life.

    And yah, the whole getting old thing does indeed suck -- but it beats the only alternative that we have at the moment!
     
  7. Sep 19, 2017 #7

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    Please let us know how it goes BM
     
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    Hope everything went well. When you feel up to it, please let us know how you are doing.
     
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    Good Luck BM - please keep us posted.
     
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    Good luck, I hope this a safe and successful operation for you.
     
  11. Sep 23, 2017 #11

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    Thanks everyone. No complications (yet). My surgeon said everything went well. I was discharged this afternoon and I'm feeling better than I expected.
     
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    Its been almost four months. I'm down about 50 pounds since surgery and 90 pounds total. No adverse effects of any note. My diabetes is under control. So I guess things are going well.
     
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    Excellent! Keep up the good work. :bow:
     
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    That's great! Good for you!
     
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    I can't rep you, bigmac (hilarious that I am like NEVER on here but I still can't rep you), but congrats. I had the sleeve myself almost 3 years ago - I've lost 350 pounds and have a new baby. It was a good choice for me. Hoping you're finding it was a good one for you as well.
     
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    Congratulations on the new baby!!! Your weight loss is pretty impressive too.
     
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    I have decided to have WLS and this is the procedure I'm hoping to have. We don't get a choice here, the surgeon chooses which procedure. I have found a website that is helpful, but I'm not sure if posting links is allowed. So you glad to hear it has worked for you, OP.
     
  18. May 20, 2018 #18

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    I was recently chatting with an older lady while she was cutting my hair. She is thin/normal size . She felt free enough to mention her past problems with food (I'm guessing due to my size) and how she loved to eat so much Italian food/pasta. At one point, she was very big and decided to have gastric bypass surgery.
    I mentioned how I have heard of different complications people have had afterwards.
    She said that she has no problems from it and would do it all over again- 20 years after the fact.
    One golden nugget I reaped from the whole conversation is this: She used an actual bariatric surgeon. So many people do it now that are not true bariatric surgeons and she feels that is the difference between her success story and others that haven't had her good fortune.
    @Rosie - I don't like it that you don't get to choose what you think would be the right option for your own body. Did they at least give a good reason why they get to choose instead of you?
     
  19. Jun 7, 2018 #19

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    I don't know, this is only what I'm hearing through a support group. My orientation session is Aug.1 so I my ask there.

    I'm thinking it may be because they know medicine better than us. There are some things that will disqualify you from one type of surgery. I do think it should be the patient's choice, though. If you know the risks and still choose to take them, that should be your right.
     
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    My endocrinologist is very pro gastric sleeve since so many of his T2 diabetic patients who've had it see so much improvement in their insulin resistance and blood glucose control.

    I looked into it. There are only a few local surgeons on my insurance plan. 2 of them rejected me outright due to my pre existing conditions and the medications that I have to take. The third takes extreme high risk patients and actually looked at my chart, but told me that I might end up not being to tolerate a couple of the prescriptions that help prevent future strokes after the procedure, because of the changes to the stomach. So that's a no go.
     

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