About VSG

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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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

First visit with my PCP

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.


  1. Thanks for letting me know how little you could get down over a few days span. What was your surgery travel timeline like? My surgery is on Monday and I fly home Thursday morning early. I hope I feel okay by then. I don't expect to feel great, but what do you think?

  2. We flew in on Tuesday, went for surgery Wednesday and flew home Sunday night. Once my drain was removed on the Friday, I was TONS better. We actually spent the day on Saturday driving around California in a rented convertible. I was sore afterwards though from the vibration. Bring a pillow to clutch to your tummy and don't be afraid to milk the surgery for all its worth with the airlines if you're flying. Get the seatbelt extender (its the last time you'll ever use it anyway!) get a wheelchair! They give you extra service including front line service through security! and for our case... even customs!

    Definitely get some liquid codeine or even small painkillers (Toradol perhaps) that you can chew up if the pain becomes an issue for you while travelling. Just remember the liquids rule if you're going on a plane!

  3. I had my band in Mexico and I couldn't have been happier with my doctor and the hospital. It took me forever to find a doctor here in FL who would provide my after-care with fills. He was the only one who didn't think I was a wack job for going to MX for my band! It turned out that my FL Dr. knew who my MX doctor was and he attended a few seminars led by my MX doctor when he first started doing band surgery. I decided to bite the bullet and pay a few thousand dollars more to my FL Dr. when I decided to go with the sleeve. I am happy with my decision but I am still an advocate of going to MX for surgery!