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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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

34 Year Old Female Very Overweight - Las Vegas, NV

I've been dieting for the past 6 years. I lost 79lbs at one point and gained more than half. That was over 3 years ago. My recent diet was a very strict low carb diet. I was on that for 1 year. Then Thanksgiving 2015 happened. I went crazy with carbs! I could not get back on track. I gained back... 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

Ready To Live Again - Mooresville, NC

I have always been heavier, though I didn't always see myself as big as the pictures clearly showed that I was. I was just me. I tired easily and didn't like doing things outside. I never got dressed up because nothing fit me and I didn't like looking in the mirror in the first place... I've... 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

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

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

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

You Do That Pretty Well for a "Girl of Your Size". - Swedish - Seattle, WA

Hi all! Nice to meet you. I'm 30, no kids, just bought a condo, I have a dog and I work full time and I've been jumping through the hoops of trying to get this surgery done for the last 7 months. My last step is just being approved by my new (as of Jan) insurance and then setting a date (hoping... READ MORE

Ready for a New Healthy Way of Living - Mexico, MX

Hello to all my current past and about to be sleevers. I have been on this site for a little over 9 months and, just like others I have been stalking everyone page.I have even contacted a few people to ask questions. All of you have given me courage to share my journey. If it wasn't for many... READ MORE

!!Had My SLEEVE 4 Moths AGO, Best Decision Ever.!!!! - Cary, NC

SO, Im not good at typing, But wanted to help others in there journey, so Ill be happy to answer any type of question. I am 30 yr old 5'9'' and I weighed 290 day of surgery, today almost 4 months later I am 213lbs. My wife just had this same procedure today, thats what prompted this review. Im... READ MORE

Hopefully Getting Sleeved in the UAE. Saudi Arabia, SA

I have been a fan of real self for a year and it has really helped me to go ahead with my decision to get a gastric sleeve. I initially was reluctant to write a review-however I haven't seen very many reviews done in the UAE and I thought I might help someone on a similar path to my own. First... READ MORE

Getting my Sleeve on Monday - Puerto Rico, PR

Hello community: new to this website. I'm a 43 y/o male with sleep apnea, HBP, DM type 2, gout and asthma. I'm 511 and at the beginning of the journey in early July I peaked at 314. Currently I'm in day 5 of the all liquid diet and it sucks but is doable. I been struggling with weight for more... READ MORE

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