Weight Loss Surgery: My Lifelong Journey

When I had weight loss surgery on February 28th, 2017 my relationship with food changed forever. I could no longer go out and eat an entire plate of food (or two). I couldn’t sit and eat and entire container of Haagen Daaz ice cream in one sitting. I had the sleeve gastrectomy procedure which reduces the stomach to the size of a banana.

I can only eat 2-4 ounces at a time before becoming full. If I eat too much, I feel either: nauseous or my food almost comes up…or even heartburn later in the day. In order to have this surgery a person must go through a lengthy approval process which includes:

Psychological Evaluation

Bloodwork

Endoscopy

Upper GI

  1. Pylori test

Cardiac Clearance

Pulmonary Clearance

Let me add that not everyone has to do and endoscopy. All I did was an Upper GI which involved a barium swallow and my surgeon took x-rays of the barium going down my esophagus, where they discovered a hiatal hernia. I started my process in June 2016 and completed the process on January 24h, 2017 when I was approved for surgery. I had surgery on 2/28/2017 which took approximately 2 hours. I was in the hospital for 3 days before going home.

I’m 3 months out from surgery. I honestly wish I had’ve done the surgery years ago. It was suggested to me in 2014, but I scoffed at it, thinking I could lose it on my own. My weight yo-yoed for years…lost 130 lbs. on my own and gained most of it back. I resorted to surgery to prevent an early death.

At the writing of this article (5/31/2017), my current weight is 243 lbs from my highest recorded weight of 350 lbs. I lost 59 lbs since my surgery on 2/28/2017 and 107 lbs overall (pre-op and post-op weight loss included). My weight loss surgery journey is a lifelong journey. It’s a permanent change. Sleeve gastrectomy is permanent (80%-85% of the stomach is removed).

Weight loss surgery is not the easy way out…my sleeve is a TOOL and I still must eat right and exercise for my TOOL to work effectively. Before someone says surgery is the easy way out, talk to a few WLS patients. You’ll be surprised as to what they tell you.

 

 

 

 

 

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