Gastric sleeve

By harry1 Latest Reply 2014-04-10 18:48:52 -0500
Started 2014-04-08 18:22:23 -0500

Since my hospital stay in jan i gained over 60 pounds and my bs are not controlled. I am going to start on a insulin pump in the next week. My last visit to my pcp she wants me to get a gastric sleeve operation done with the hopes to take me off of most of my meds by Jan 1 2016. I am 150 pounds overweight. Has anyone else have this done? and did it work for you?

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Ladida 35 2014-04-09 20:02:11 -0500 Report

Sooner or later you have to learn you can do it on your own. Going under the knife is not to be done lightly. There are risks and you must make changes. There's really no easy way out! Look at Carny Wilson and others who have had these surgeries more than once. We choose each bite we take don't we? That's as much for myself as any one else!

harry1 2014-04-09 21:18:54 -0500 Report

If I stop the insulin I can drop the weight and yes I do watch what I eat since my wife lost her kidneys. I'm not taking this lightly think why I'm trying the pump first. Carney Wilson was always fat. I got 8 months to decide if I want to get it done.

Glucerna 2014-04-09 18:14:46 -0500 Report

Most hospitals that perform bariatric surgery offer a free information class about the various types of surgery. This is a good way to learn about their program, what's involved, and what you can expect after the surgery. Bariatric surgery isn't a cure for diabetes or obesity, but it can be a tool that can help improve both. ~Lynn @Glucerna

harry1 2014-04-09 19:57:45 -0500 Report

I'm doing the class next month followed by 6 months of weigh ins, 6 visits with a psychologist, a social worker and a dietian. After all this is done then I will see the surgeon then they want a physical, lab work ( with A1C test at 7.0 or lower) a clearance from my cardiologist. After all this is done I'm looking at early next year for the surgery. The research that I have done said that it may lower the blood sugar levels. Thanks for your reply Harry

Glucerna 2014-04-10 18:48:52 -0500 Report

It sounds like a really comprehensive program Harry, and it's giving you time to learn more about the procedure and if you believe it's the right fit for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-04-08 20:48:59 -0500 Report

Howdy Harry
It has been 3 hrs since you posted and no one has answered yet who has had the operation, so I will answer you with my opinion.

I firmly believe you can do it without going under the knife. I don't know what type you happen to be.(I cannot check your profile due to some difficulty with the software here and my browser) but I believe no matter what type you are Harry, you can lose the weight.

I was about 250 # and was only 5' 6", I am T2 and was injecting NPH insulin twice a day. I discovered that my pancreas was producing enough insulin to manage my diabetes if I ate carefully. I wanted to do that so I developed a high protein low carb meal plan and started to follow it in 02/2011. Within 2 months I noticed my jeans fitting 5 mo, I was down 65 # and at 6 months started to look a big gaunt in my face and decided to tweak it a bit so I didn't lose more weight
It worked well and I am following it with modifications for my kidney disease for which I need dialysis even to this day.

Should you be interested, I'd be happy to send you a link to the discussion where I tell of this meal plan.

Even if you are a T1D the meal plan I follow may be useful to you because in my researching other issues, I had discovered that fat accumulation for insulin injectors happens because they eat too many carbs and then often inject more insulin to cover for the excess carbs. So I believe that a radical lowering of carbohydrates is key to weight loss.

i will grant you that changing your way of eating to accomplish the weight loss is not easy, but be assured that if you have the gastric sleeve you will need to change your way of eating,and you will have to continue that way of eating for the rest of your life.

I knew a couple of people who had the gastric bypass operation and did well with it initially. But one lady with whom I shared a dance class got the surgery and lost about 150# I lost track of her for a while and then met her again. Her weight had ballooned again and she was about half again bigger than her lowest weight. She had not kept to her 4 oz per meal guideline and was eating "normal" meals again. So I do not recommend that surgery.

If eventually you choose to do the gastric sleeve I would not be as strongly against it, since the sleeve would be reversable.

However if you can do it through modification of your eating plan before undergoing the scalpel, it is far, far better.

Praying God's best for you and yours

James Baker

harry1 2014-04-09 05:20:15 -0500 Report

I'm type 2 insulin dependant. I take Levemir 60 units in am, 60 units in pm, Novolin 70/30 70 units at beakfast, 46 units at lunch, 70 units at dinner and Novolog slinding scale. I already do a high protien low carb diet since my wife is stage 5 kidney failure and she does the PD dialysis at home. I'm hopeing that the pump will cut down on how much insulin i will need (since insulin put weight on). I know that the sleeve is non reversable and I have at least 6 months before the surgery. Some thing happen in my system since Jan I go once a month for blood and urine testing and my doctor is a internal md and she is working with other doctors from the hospital since everything is coming back normal. thanks for your reply


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