Sleeve Gastrectomy

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A sleeve gastrectomy (also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy) is an irreversible surgery to reduce the size of the stomach, thus promoting weight loss by reducing the amount of food you can consume. Unlike gastric bypass, it doesn't alter the digestive tract. The procedure typically requires one to two days in the hospital. LEARN MORE ›

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26 Years Old, Ready to Start a New Chapter!

So I have been lurking for a while now and reading tons of reviews as I get ready to start my own journey. Today I decided to post because Im so excited I got approved for VSG. I called my insurance and they said I was approved which was a big relief because I honestly didn't think it was going... READ MORE

27 Year Old Wanting to Lose Weight Before Starting a Family - New Hartford, NY

I have my consult and informational seminar on sep 17. I weigh 217 lbs and am only five feet tall. I have been about ten-fifteen lbs overweight since I was a teenager but the past 7 years I have been continuing to gain weight at an alarming rate. I want children but I know it isn't healthy... READ MORE

Jumping the hoops for Gastric Sleeve surgery. I could really use some support/advice. - Slidell, LA

I am a 47 year old married mother of 2 boys. One is grown and the other is 13. I formerly had the lap band and did well. I lost 80-100 pounds. I had major trouble (multiple infections and slippage of the band) I finally had to have the entire system removed after the 3rd infection. I was... READ MORE

Scared, Happy , & Nervous. All Balled Up in One - Wesley Chapel, FL

I'm a 49 year old mother and grandmother that has struggled with my weight for most of my live. I tried every diet you could think of. On October 31,2015 I suffered a heart attack. And everything went down hill after that. Now I'm 233 lbs have been diagnosed as borderline diabetic and the last... READ MORE

40 Year Old Wife to an Amazing Man and Mother of 3 Grown Children and 1 Young Child - Milwaukee, WI

Hi everyone I'm Tiffany. My knee dr. mentioned wls to me 2 years ago to help relieve some of the pain my access weight is causing but I didnt think much of it. I found this site when I was researching tummy tucks since I have a family history of large round tummies that drop to your knees as you... READ MORE

47 and Tired of the Roller Coaster. Port Macquarie, AU

I'm 99kgs at the moment and have struggled with my weight since my first child 22years ago. Im wanting to have the gastric sleeve surgery and have joined a health fund specifically to do this surgery and help cover costs. I have to wait 12months to be covered but that's ok, more time to research... READ MORE

Short and Sweet and Low BMI - Las Vegas, NV

Hi Realselfers, First, I want to thank all the thousands of people who have posted their stories and share their knowledge. It has been invaluable! It has been feeding my secret obsession for self improvement for years! Hopefully some of you will identify with my story. I'm scheduled for a... READ MORE

Tired of being FAT!! Tijuana Here I Come...ahh

Hello friends.. so I wanted to thank all you guys that give reviews and share your life with us. I have been debating on writing a review or not but this website and has helped me soo much in informing my self and hearing other peoples stories I need to pay it forward. I am 31 years old mother... READ MORE

Soon to Be Sleeved - Mexico

In a few day on November 23, 2016 i will have the single incision Sleeve Gastrectomy, I am so excited and looking forward to it, I can barely wait! I am 49 years weight 223 lbs as of this morning, my highest weight was 242 lbs. and my lowest as an adult was 145lbs before i got pregnant with my... READ MORE

36 Year Old Ready for a New Way of Life - Lexington, SC

I had lapband surgery in 2009 with no luck and had it removed in April of this year. I am having gastric sleeve done this month. At my heaviest 2 weeks ago I weighed 305. I have been doing the preop diet for a little over a week and I am down to 293. I am getting a little nervous but I am ready... READ MORE

Surgery on 07/14/16- What to Potentially Expect - Wilmington, DE

Hi all- I just had surgery last Thursday and I'm doing well. I was able to walk literally within a couple hours after surgery and I walked often in the hospital for the 2 days I was there as a friend who previously recommended the surgery advised me to. The pain for this surgery is actually... READ MORE

Sleeved with a Low BMI on April 7, 2016 in Tijuana Mexico

I arrived at airport around 1:00 checked in and the driver picked me up around 2:30 after I checked in at the check in point. I got to the hospital around 3:30 filled out my paperwork and got called in the back to do my EKG and blood test. Blood test didn't go so well due to they could get the... READ MORE

Found my surgeon Dr Medina in D.R. she's board certified

I'm looking forward to having Gastric Sleeves surgery this Spring if God permits. I'm tired of this weight and all the yo-yo diets. It's time to change my life, this time for good. I've been on "Real Self" for about a year now, man I love it. It helps me with my decision on choosing my surgeon... READ MORE

18 Months and 194 Pounds Gone... WLS Saved my Life. Carrollton, TX

This is going to be pretty long as I want to share as much as I can about my journey for anyone thinking about surgery, or has any questions. PLEASE feel free to ask anything. I am not shy, and will probably overshare! lol I had thought about having WLS previously, but never was able to... READ MORE

27yo Mom, 1 Child,Atlanta, GA, Ready for Change - Mexico

I am finally making a post on this site. I have been lurking around for months and gathering information. I am exactly one month out and extremely nervous. I have to start my 3 week pre-of diet in 1 week. I'm just glad it's after Thanksgiving. I have booked my flight and I'm checking my pre-op... READ MORE

Mom and Daughter Searching for a Way out of Obesity - Tijuana, Mexico

I am a 40 year old single mother who has been battling obesity all my life. My obesity has been like a thick coat or shell that is very difficult to remove. It has kept me from living life or feeling like I have a life. During the many reminders of my obesity from either family, friends, or... READ MORE

Gastric Sleeve in Tijuana - Mexico

Hello all, I have scheduled my gastric sleeve with Dr. Marcelo Hernandez who works out of the HMN Hospital in Tijuana, MX. I have researched this doctor and he is an experienced surgeon in Gastric Sleeve Surgery. My recovery will be at the Hotel Hacienda Del Rio and I leave Mexico on the 14th.... READ MORE

42, Heart Attack Survivor, Mother of 3. Houston, TX

I've been a yo-yo my whole life. I finally conquered a healthy lifestyle in 1998 then found myself pregnant with my oldest son. I gained more than 70 pounds during that pregnancy. I eventually got my weight down but I wasn't really living a healthy lifestyle, just a whole lot of "movin and... READ MORE

30 Year Old with One Child, Is This Right for Me? - Houston, TX

Hello, I am a 30 year old mommy of one son. I have struggled with my weight since college. My highest weight has been 240 and I am currently weighing it between 226-228... Did I mention I am only 4"11?! When i mention surgery people are alarmed because "You don't look that heavy", or "You carry... READ MORE

This Has Been an Amazing Journey - Atlanta, GA

I am excited just to think of how far I've come since my procedure one year ago. When I started this journey, I weighted almost 340 pounds but on May 8, 2015, my life changed. I was diagnosed as being a border line diabetic due to my weight so I made the decision to get the sleeve. I feel... READ MORE

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