Hello, I am almost a year post op and I am thrilled with my weight loss. I did not have a high BMI but I did weigh 205 pounds and only 5'3. I had high blood pressure and arthritis and pain daily walking carrying around all the extra weight. I was depressed and did not like how I looked. Today my blood pressure is normal and I have no pain walking and I like what I see in the mirror.
I did my own research and talked to a lot of people like you are, however, I did not discuss my decision to even my closest family members and friends. I did not want to hear their opinion that I knew would only be negative. Even today there are many family and friends that do not know I had the procedure yet rave about my new appearance. I have lost to date 60 pounds* and have gone from a size 18 to a size 6.* I am a nurse and use to wear XXL scrubs and now wear a small.* My suggestion to you is do everything they tell you to do pre-op and post-op to the tee!
I went alone but would have been nice to have someone go along. There was another lady that went the same day as I did from Michigan so I did have someone to talk to.
The surgery itself was relatively painless, I did have some discomfort. I did not want to get up and walk like they told me to and that caused me a lot of gas pain for the first day. The second day I felt much better and was glad to have some broth and clear liquids.
The hospital was very clean, the nurses were wonderful, and the doctors and anesthesiologist were outstanding, professional, kind, and very caring. They made sure you were aware of everything and reassured you of any questions or concerns.
I felt safe with the hospital drivers crossing the border and at the hospital.
I am very happy I made the decision to have the surgery. I don't feel hungry and am careful that I get the required nutrients and protein in my daily diet. Just read and follow all the directions they give you. Be prepared when you return home with your broths, jello, popsicles, and take it easy. Don't rush, take your time in every phase. Pretty much now I can eat and drink anything I want, just at a very smaller portion. You will get to know when you are full and you don't want to over eat once you get there or you will feel very uncomfortable for awhile or you will have to get rid of it. This has only happened to me twice so like I said you will learn when to stop eating.
Make sure and join the BeLiteWeight on Facebook. There is a lot of good information and support there.
Go for it....best decision I ever made.
Thank you to Dr. Jose and his team. The after picture was a few months ago and I have lost more since then. Very pleased and greatful.
Procedure: Gastric Sleeve / Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Surgeons: The surgical team of Dr. Jose Rodriguez-Villarreal, M.D., F.A.C.S.