Jul 262012
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The reason I’ve started my journey is I had a rude awakening to the reality of life’s threats in that if I still wanted to lead a fun, and somewhat of a meaningful happy life I had to make  some serious changes.  

Okay, weighed in this morning at 253 and finally starting to get rid of some of this water.  I’ve had a discussion with the doctor, and I’ve been thinking about this for a very long time, and he’s checking with my insurance company to see if they will cooperate as long as I have a medical opinion that medically I need this operation.  Sooooooooooooooooo  I’ve done my research, and here’s what I’ve come up with. 
Number one, I’ve lost weight, but slowly and up & down.  I diet, but no exercise due to my Spinal Stenosis going out of whack!  Now, there’s something called a “Sleeve Gastrectomy”! This lady I spoke with lost 160 lbs. by doing it, and not only is she pain free, but she’s still losing and happier than a pig in…… well, you get my point!

Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve Gastrectomy is an operation in which the left side of the stomach is surgically removed. This results in a new stomach which is roughly the size and shape of a banana. Since this operation does not involve any “rerouting” or reconnecting the intestines, it is a simpler operation than the gastric bypass or the duodenal switch. Unlike the Lap-Band® procedure, the sleeve Gastrectomy does not require the implantation of an artificial device inside the abdomen.

Because the new stomach continues to function normally there are far fewer restrictions on the foods which patients can consume after surgery, however the quantity of food eaten will be considerably reduced. This is seen by many patients as being one of the great advantages of the sleeve Gastrectomy, as is the fact that the removal of the majority of the stomach also results in the virtual elimination of hormones produced within the stomach which stimulate hunger.

For patients with a body mass index greater than 60, the sleeve gastrectomy may be the first part of a two-stage operation. Some patients have a body shape that can make a bariatric surgery more technically difficult – particularly those patients who carry their weight in their belly. If you fall into this category, you may benefit from a two-stage bariatric surgery. In the staged approach, a multi-step operation like the gastric bypass is broken down into two simpler and safer operations. In the first stage, a sleeve gastrectomy is performed. This allows a patient to lose 80 to 100 pounds or more, making the second part of the operation substantially safer.

About The Gastric Sleeve (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy)

Low BMI individuals who should consider this procedure include:

  1. Those who are concerned about the potential long term side effects of an intestinal bypass such as intestinal obstruction, ulcers, anemia, osteoporosis, protein deficiency and vitamin deficiency.
  2. Those who are considering a Lap-Band® but are concerned about a foreign body inside the abdomen.
  3. Those who have medical problems that prevent them from having weight loss surgery such as anemia, crohn’s disease, extensive prior surgery, and other complex medical conditions.
  4. People who need to take anti-inflammatory medications may also want to consider this. Usually, these medications need to be avoided after a gastric bypass because the risk of ulcer is higher.

Now you ask what advantages does it have?

  1. It does not require disconnecting or reconnecting the intestines
  2. It is a technically simpler operation than the gastric bypass or the duodenal switch.
  3. There is no foreign body inside your body
  4. It does not need adjustments or fills
  5. It may be a safer operation for patients with a body mass index (BMI) more than 60. It may be used as the first stage of a 2-stage operation.
  6. Risks and Complications

As with any surgery, there can be complications. This list can include:

  1. Deep vein thrombophlebitis 0.5%
  2. Non-fatal pulmonary embolus 0.5%
  3. Pneumonia 0.2%
  4. Acute respiratory distress syndrome 0.25%
  5. Splenectomy 0.5%
  6. Gastric leak and fistula 1.0%
  7. Postoperative bleeding 0.5%
  8. Small bowel obstruction 0.0%
  9. Death 0.25%

My sister-in-law and other people I know has had a gastric by-pass, but a few years goes by, and they’re all putting the weight back on.  Even my next door neighbor had a lap-band done, and she only lost a few pounds.  I’ve discussed this with my doctor, and he’s looking into it with my insurance company.  So, my friends we shall see will I be cured once and for all with this like they said I will or are these so called doctors practicing physicians and not for real doctors?  IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE???  I’m tired of every one practicing on me.  So, I’m for this I really am and I promise you shall get the before and after and of course along the way info!

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