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After 3 years of contemplating this surgery and trying desperately to lose weight on my own, I finally realized I need help and have decided this is the best route for me. I'm nervous, excited, anxious and happy...all in one!! More than anything, I'm prayerful that my surgery will go well! Thankful! Happy to say that my surgery went very well on 12/8 and I'm already down 9 lbs today (12/12)...
5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy
In my late forties, I had struggled with my weight since the age of 26, when I had to have an emergency hysterectomy and my metabolism took a dive. I had tried everything from Weight Watchers to Nutri System and everything in between, but could never get effective results. A co worker at my job told me about the sleeve gastrectomy and I could see with my own eyes how well he was doing with his...
Undergraduate & Medical SchoolMedical: MD, Howard University
Post-Medical School TrainingInternship: General Surgery, Monmouth Medical Center
Residency: General Surgery, Monmouth Medical Center
Treatments offered at Center for Metabolic Obesity & Surgery
Most popular answers from Wiljon W. Beltre, MD
Realistically, after getting the gastric sleeve, how many pounds will be dropped by 4 weeks post surgery?
Traditionally, sleeve patients lose 20 to 30 pounds the first month after surgery. There after, weight loss is about 8 to 12 pounds per month. Factors... READ MORE
About 40% of sleeve and bypass patients can have temporary hair loss. This tends to occur the first 4 to 6 months after the surgery. There are some... READ MORE
Your BMI is 33. Insurance will not cover the procedure. You will have to pay out of pocket. To answer your question, the average weight loss the fi... READ MORE
Either a sleeve or gastric bypass will work. For some one with a low BMI such as your self, the sleeve may be a good option. The sleeve is a low risk... READ MORE
Should the Lapband and or the port be removed? Can only the port be removed? What is wait time to do another band or port?
If there is confirmed infection around the port, then it should be removed. If there is nothing wrong with the band, the band does not need to come... READ MORE
Is it true that gastric bypass surgery has been proven to improve or even cure Hashimoto's disease over time?
I have heard of cases where it has improve Hashimoto’s.However, I have never heard of a case where it cured it.Hashimoto’s is an inflammatory sta... READ MORE
I'm 31, height 158cm, weight 84.5kg, female, current BMI 33.85. What metabolic procedure will keep this weight off in my case?
Despite your low BMI, if you have type two diabetes, your best option is the gastric bypass. The RY gastric bypass is better at treating type 2 ... READ MORE
Yes, based on BMI you are a good candidate assuming you do not suffer with severe acid reflux or Barrett's esophagitis. The sleeve is a good ... READ MORE
The gastric sleeve is an excellent choice for you. You are young and have a relatively low BMI. As long as you continue to eat healthy and e... READ MORE
Lapband problems? Episode/vomiting food w/ black stuff, then vomiting black phlegm. Lasted 6 hours, vomited 10 times/more.
You should have your x rays read by a bariatric surgeon. I find that ER docs and even radiologist can miss a band slippage if they are not familiar ... READ MORE
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