Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

By mobydick9 Latest Reply 2014-04-09 21:29:11 -0500
Started 2014-03-26 13:40:27 -0500

My friend has T2D he had a stomach surgery VSG he lost 30 kg and stopped taking insulin and his lab results after 3 months were normal I am thinking of having the same surgery any thoughts ? Really appreciate your feedback and advice .

Tags: weight loss

17 replies

GabbyPA 2014-03-29 12:20:32 -0500 Report

I view any kind of surgery as a course of last resort.

I had a friend who had a gastric bypass that worked great for her for many years, but when she had an issue and it basically "closed up" on her she started to starve to death. It was a horrible time and finding a doctor that would help was painfully hard. She eventually did, but the follow up that many years was not covered by her insurance.

So there are many things to consider.

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Ladida 35 2014-03-27 03:22:50 -0500 Report

There's risk with surgery and being motivated for your own sake to make the
Iifestyle choices necessary . Either way you need to make adjustments. Taking responsibility and doing it yourself will give you the feeling of accomplishment more than it was the surgery that did it!

JaredLahti 2014-03-26 21:19:53 -0500 Report

One of the first things my dr did was have me meet with a dietician and I worked with her for a year which really helped me. The dietician can take into account any other medical issues you might have.

JaredLahti 2014-03-26 15:25:37 -0500 Report

I personally would do anything I could to avoid surgery. I have lost over 50 lbs three times in my life now. All three times have been the old fashioned way of exercise and eating right (more exercise).

My thoughts would be have you tried everything else first. I work out about 20 hours a week and probably eat around 2,000 calories a day. I don't pay that close attention because everything is under control having dropped 60 lbs. in my opinion the surgery does one major thing for a person, it reduces your appetite. This is something that anybody can fix with some time and discomfort, although I would imagine that surgery involves some period of discomfort as well. The other thing to consider is your current nutritional situation. If you eat well now then it might be a good idea to think about the surgery however if u eat poorly then the surgery won't help u in that area.

Having said that my ex-wife's mother has had the surgery and lost like 80 lbs. I think it can be very helpful to people that are in a really bad situation.

mobydick9 2014-03-26 21:03:18 -0500 Report

Thank you for your advice I haven't tried everything I will take your advice and follow a strict diet and exercise for 2 hours a day hope I will succeed in my attempt I understand it will take time but that's what I have to do I guess .

JaredLahti 2014-03-26 21:07:57 -0500 Report

One thing I do to limit my hunger is eating lots of vegetables that won't raise your blood sugar.

mobydick9 2014-03-26 21:16:41 -0500 Report

Unfortunately I have Chronic kidney CKD and have to control. The portion and limit the variety of vegetable intake variety and portion and this drives my hunger and shatters my plan to lose weight

mobydick9 2014-03-29 01:09:27 -0500 Report

Yesterday My diet included a portion of beef it was a disaster all my blood reedings were high and Was very sick although I need some animal pro tine I am cancelling beef from my diet what do you think?

Purpleraiin68 2014-03-31 20:48:06 -0500 Report

I haven't had a problem with beef. Although I have had diabetes for 21 yrs I haven't always been in control. I ate whatever and wasn't consistent with my meds or taking my bsl or bp's. I also have gastroparesis and I learned that when it flares up it also plays on my kidneys. So I've changed the way I eat and started taking my meds on a daily basis. When my #'s are high thats when I get sick. Its not really the food for me. It's missing my meds.