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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
Be honest, are you following the eating instructions? Are you eating healthy meals?, are you staying away from refined carbs and sugary drinks?, Are... 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
The short answer is no. Your story is typical for band patients. Some patients originally do well and then regain most of the weight back. Some do... READ MORE
Gastric sleeve: 5'2, 182lbs and know I need to lose weight. Will this be too much weight and be unhealthy in the long run?
I think you are asking if a gastric sleeve will make you lose too much weight. No it does not. Your body sort of knows what weight it feels co... READ MORE
It is safe to use it after surgery. However, I normally do not have my patients use any laxatives before surgery. Laxatives tend to dehydrate you a... 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
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