So I had my first appointment with my PCP yesterday. She was never aware that I decided to have this surgery, let alone that it was in Mexico. She had referred me to the Weight Wise program where bariatric surgery was a possibility at some point, but was surprised to hear that I did self pay. As I have had some issues with concentration, memory and focus lately I wanted to get all my vitamin levels (etc) checked to see where I'm at. She's also getting my glucose checked to see where I'm at there. I was pre-pre diabetic when she last checked so it will be interesting to see where all my levels are now.
Interestingly, she was fine with the fact that I chose to do this surgery. She was unhappy/unthrilled/whatever that it was in MEXICO *gasp* Actually. She really did literally gasp. I brushed it off. I read that as ignorance to the care that you get in Mexico and made sure she knew that I had great care and was really happy with my surgeon and the facilities. She was really happy with the weight I've lost (40 lbs as of yesterday woot woot!) and is happy to see I'm also off my anti-depressants at this point. She did mention that the issues I'm having COULD actually be related to the depression (I have PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder, also mental health issues run in my family) but time will tell if that comes back up in the future. It will be monitored closely, of course. If necessary, I will go back on them but I'd rather not as it was helpful in my weight regain and subsequent deeper depression so I'd like to not go down that road again if I don't have to.
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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