Gastric Sleeve Surgery--My Journey To a New Me! - Tijuana, Mexico
- updated 1 year ago
I am going to get the vertical sleeve surgery...
- 1 Feb 2012
- 1 day pre
I am going to get the vertical sleeve surgery because I'm overweight and I have been overweight for a long time now. I also have developed type 2 diabetes. It is time to get my weight under control. I also have terrible self esteem and don't like to go out and meet people because I'm insecure about my weight. This has been going on for probably 7-8 years now and it is really making me a recluse. It is time for me to join the world again and be happy and free. I am going to get my sleeve surgery on Friday 2/3 and I am very nervous, excited, and scared. I am flying to San Diego Thursday evening and then leaving for Tijuana, Mexico Friday morning for pre op tests and surgery. It is going to be quite interesting. The anticipation is killing me. I cannot wait to report back about my experience and how the surgery goes. Thanks!
Hey guys. It has now been almost a week since my...
- 9 Feb 2012
- 6 days post
So now that I'm home, I can feel the appetite restriction. It is definitely working. I feel pretty good considering I just had surgery. This has been the year to giving me a better health and I'm on a mission. Got smart lipo, got my front teeth fixed, and now I'm getting my weight under control with the help of the sleeve. I've lost weight BUT I have been having trouble losing enough to get in a healthy BMI. Hopefully this will help with that and with my diabetes. I will keep everyone updated on my weight loss progress. So far I've probably lost around 10 lbs but it's easy to lose that when you're only eating liquids before and after surgery.
So now I'm 3 weeks post op. I am feeling back to...
- 25 Feb 2012
- 22 days post
I have lost a bit of weight so far and my pants already baggy. I will keep reporting back and let everyone know how my weight loss goes and if it was worth it or not. So far, it's looking that way.
Well, in a day it will officially be my 5 months...
- 2 Jul 2012
- 5 months post
The other issue I've had since surgery is reflux. I do have to take a PPI like Prilosec to keep the acid reflux at bay. It works wonderfully though. As long as I'm taking my PPI, I do not have any issues with reflux.
So those are the only issues I've had since surgery. Reflux and foamies. Reflux is in remission with Prilosec. Foamies are of my own doing because I sometimes eat too fast and that results in missing the full feeling. Slowing down on the chewing is my last sleeve obstacle to overcome.
Now for the BENEFITS!! The benefits are so huge! The benefits are like 99 times more than the two small issues I've had. I get satisfied/full on small amounts of food and I am able to tolerate anything. I choose to eat healthy proteins first and save a bit of room for complex carbs or veggies. Occasionally I will have a treat like low fat no sugar added frozen yogurt/dark chocolate/ wheat thins. Nothing has give me issues except eggs when i was first sleeved. Since about 2 months after surgery, I've been able to eat scrambled eggs with no problem at all.
The weight loss is phenomenal. Those first 3 months the weight flew off. I have still continued to lose around 8-9 lbs a month the last 2 months. I will probably continue to lose between 6-8 lbs a month for the rest of the time until I'm at goal. That seems to be about the average. I only wanted to lose 75-80 so it looks like I will hit goal within the next few months and may even go a bit below goal. My main goal is to have a normal BMI. I don't want to be super skinny. Just healthier and not overweight anymore.
My diabetes is doing much better. The high protein diet of the sleeve is a life saver. It is so much more tolerable to do it with the sleeve. Hunger is tolerable after the sleeve as well. It removes the part of the stomach that produces grehlin (the hunger hormone). Grehlin is still produced in other parts of the body. Some people who have sleeve report zero hunger. I do still have some hunger and I'm okay with that. It is WAY better than before surgery. I remember feeling hungry way more intensely before surgery.
This surgery has been one of the greatest things I could have ever done. I am so pleased with everything. Food does not control me anymore. I'm learning to control it and develop a healthier relationship. I'm not perfect. No one is. It's not humanly possible. But it's so much easier to make far healthier choices and I'm so grateful for that. I am so happy I had the sleeve and I'm so grateful for all of the wonderful health changes I've had. I would recommend anyone get the sleeve surgery if you have a weight problem that has gone on for years and years with little success. I used to yo yo diet a lot. The problem? The weight would always come right back. This surgery will definitely exponentially increase the chance that once I lose the weight I will keep it off this time! I have such a great tool to help me out.
I will update again later on this year to keep everyone in the loop. Hopefully I will update again at 8 months post op and then for sure I will update at a year post op! I hope to reach my goal at least by a year post op,,IF NOT SOONER :-) I have done so much better than I ever thought possible. I never thought that anything would work for me. I was so skeptical when I got this surgery...but I was so HOPEFUL this would really help. I'm so pleasantly surprised that it has!
Hey guys, I'm now 9 months post op! Still doing...
- 7 Nov 2012
- 9 months post
You don't get to be with the doctor much because he has other surgeries on the same day. Yes it is cheaper in Mexico. While you get a quality surgeon for the procedure, you don't get as much one on one care in Mexico. It is less personable in Mexico. However, what matters is the quality of the surgeon and he is highly experienced. The nurses and staff were all friendly and helpful. Most of them spoke English. It is about 1/2 or 1/3 of the cost of getting the procedure in the United States and if you don't want all of the fancy bells and whistles, then this is the place to go. You get a great surgeon in an okay facility that may not be a full service hospital suite BUT it's clean and well run. When I say clean, the facility was SPOTLESS when I was there. My doctor has done thousands of gastric sleeve surgeries and I am thrilled to have that kind of experience working on me.