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Bariatric Surgery and The Sleeve

Updated on February 3, 2012
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Sleeve | Source

Thursday marked the start of something great for me. I have officially started the Bariatric Surgery Pathway. The first step was a seminar that explained all the different type of Bariatric Surgeries that my hospital had to offer, one of them being The sleeve. This was a very informative seminar that included the pros and cons to doing weight loss surgery. When the doctor had presented a list of all the health issues weight loss surgery would help with was Infertility problems. Which is definitely a major concern for me and my husband. Before we considered bariatric surgery we tried conceiving a child the normal way and we also tried conceiving with the drug called Clomid, but nothing seemed to work. After seeing that bariatric surgery could help with infertility problems, my husband and I were sold on getting this done. Although we have to wait 12-18 before we can conceive I think this would be our best option; just knowing that I will be healthy when we conceive our first child.


Why we chose the Sleeve:

Out of the multiple options we were given to include Lap Band, RNY Bypass, and Duodenal Switch; the sleeve had seem to be the safest procedure and also a procedure that the doctors in the hospital liked to do the most. Also with the sleeve it had less health problems than the rest and also with the fastest recovery time. So it was definitely an easy choice for me and my husband, we want to make sure that we choose what is best for me and to make sure that I will be happy with the end results. With the sleeve you can lose anywhere from 50%-70% of your excess body weight and I am looking to lose no more than 65% of my body weight or that is a goal that I am shooting for after the procedure is done. The way the sleeve works is, they cut away a big portion of your stomach so that the end result would look like a sausage almost. By looking at the picture I have shared you can see were at the bottom of the new formed stomach they left a little extra, this is so the food that you eat can be turned before entering your intestines and prevent what is called the dumping syndrome.


Whats next:

Because there is such a high demand of this procedure at my hospital from beginning to end it will take me about 6 months before I can even get the surgery. Since the seminar was just the first step that I took I have to wait 2-3 months for my case manager to call me to let me know what the next step is. I am definitely excited to get this done, and be able to live a long healthy life with no more health issues to hold me back.


I will definitely update everyone after I get to the next step in this pathway. One day down and another day closer to healthy living.

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      Marlyn Munoz 4 years ago from Honolulu, HI

      Good Luck on baby making.. Definitely sending som baby dust your way **~*******~****

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      Jacqui 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Awesome! I'm glad you're happy with the results! Good luck with it all, and good luck on the conceiving! I'm 7yrs post, but looking at having kids now...yay!

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      Marlyn Munoz 4 years ago from Honolulu, HI

      I am 6 weeks out and have already lost 30 lbs. Words can't explain how happy I am to get my life back.

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      Jacqui 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Let us know what happens? I've had a Roux-En-Y Gastric bypass, but am always keen to hear how other people are going!