My Journey With Metabolic Surgery & Bariactric Care
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is the surgical procedure I had done. This procedure includes about 75 to 85% of stomach removal and leaving a narrow gastric tube shape or called sleeve for food to now pass through. The estimated body weight loss can range from 50 to 70% and hospital stay can be a minimal of one to two days. My stay was two days. I started my process after asking my PCP doctor for help, I just got so sick and tired of feeling sick my clothes hurt, it was very unpleasant. I had my first appointment with a Bariatrician which is a (medical specialist), my insurance approved me after viewing my medical case and from there I had to see registered dietitian once a month to coach me on how to make some substantial changes and proper eating habits. I tell you I’ve learned so much from the dietitian. I had visits with the advance practice nurse for check ups, the psychologist to talk before the surgery and evaluate my readiness and help increase the chances for success.
I had to have a sleep study done, Ultrasound and what is called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) to examine the lining of my esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. I ended up having a 1 cm hiatus hernia on my stomach which was removed during the gastric sleeve surgery. I continued to get up to date labs from my PCP and they were sent to the Bariatrics care center. My health was fully checked before I could get the surgery done which allowed me to know more about my health. I am still with the Bariatric program which follows your progress up to 2 full years after the surgery to reach your full goal and maintain the weight loss.
My advice is to research everything about the (LSG), it can change your life if you are serious about complete change and it takes awhile to reach your goal, you won’t lose weight as fast as other weight loss procedure but this will teach a lot about how to eat healthier and what just won’t work for your body. Everyone will have a different experience with this surgery so be mindful of that.
If you have any comments on your experience be free to share and if you have any questions….