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, February 22, 2012


I'm severely anemic is the verdict.  She wanted me to get more tests for anemia in 2 weeks and she is now put me on Iron injections monthly to bring my levels up.

She feels that while my low BP is always going to be low, that it can be managed with electrolyte drinks, extra water, salt and moving slowly from laying or sitting to standing positions.  The fainting she feels was the anemia in conjunction with the low BP just was too much for my body.  She asked about my periods as well if I was losing alot of blood.  I wouldn't say I do necessarily... it seems to go in phases month to month.  Sometimes its alot, next month it will be light.  So I learned something interesting about how a woman's body works that I never knew before....

During your period, you are sloughing off the uterine lining... but attached to the lining are arteries/blood vessels that basically break free and bleed.  This is why you have so much blood.  All the blood from your period isn't ONLY your uterine wall, its a combination of the attachment points bleeding and the uterine wall together.  Interesting hey?

So... she's given me a weird sounding script (Cyklokapron) to take that I only take on med/heavy flow days. 2pills 3x/day and only while on my period.  It closes/clamps off the bleeding from those areas that are causing too much blood loss.  She said between this pill, the iron injections, and me adding as much iron as I can into my diet that hopefully in a few months we can re-assess.  And for me, I have to SIT DOWN with my head between my knees or better LAY DOWN if I feel dizzy.  Every time.  She said me standing there last week waiting for it to pass could have gone badly if I had actually fainted as I would have been injured in the fall.  She said instead of just grabbing onto a wall or desk and waiting to not be dizzy, to put my head down to allow the blood back to my brain faster.


  1. Glad you got answers, I was thinking along those lines.

    1. May you recover quickly.
      I haven't had weight loss surgery...was a vegetarian for 3 years. I felt fine except became a bit short of breath once but I thought it was just in my mind. After the first year my doctor happened to do some non routine blood tests(as I'd told her I was a vegetarian) and found that I had dangerously low Vitamin D levels. This could have caused a whole host of serious health problems. I also had very low iron several times but was able to get it up with the iron pills she told me to take. In addition I had very low vitamin B levels. The point being that it is very important to have your doctor monitor your blood levels and know what nutrients your foods contain and what you need to eat (and how much) or supplement to get them. If you do't eat the right amount you won't get them. Congratulations on your achievement. Stay healthy and don't hesitate to get your doctor's advice.