Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss tool in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together (often with surgical staples, glue and possibly cauterization) to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach and is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
nerves, cold feet, nerves
I go back an forth from fear to calm, from excitement to dread. Sometimes I think, what am I doing? Should I go on just ONE MORE diet? Should I try one last time? Then I realize I've been fighting my body for 15 years. I've done everything right and I simply cannot keep the weight off. I was tested and found out its not my thyroid so I've exhaused every other avenue that I am willing to take. I'm not willing to drink shakes for the rest of my life, or stick myself with needles, or eat only 500 calories... this isn't living as I am now, but neither is that. As I get closer each day to leaving for my surgery, I have mini thoughts of darkness. Should I complete my will? Just in case? Should I tell my family? Just in case? My husband will be with me every single step of the way and I trust him to take care and protect me. But the unknowns happen... today is one of those questioning days for me. I know that this is the right decision and I'll be feeling better tomorrow. But for today, I'm scared.