I want this Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG). I attended a seminar 3 years ago on weight loss surgery.
There are three types of gastric or bariatric surgery. One is a lap band. It is reversible. You can read up on it here at Wiki. Suffice to say I don’t want a silicone tube inside me that has to constantly be adjusted.
The next is Roux en-Y. This is where they make a very small stomach pouch and hook it up to a different part of the intestine. I have Ulcerative Colitis, an autoimmune disease, and phutzing with my intestines is not an option.
VSG is where the surgeon removes a large part of the stomach. This area includes where the hunger hormone is produced. The amount the patient can digest at one time is drastically reduced. This is not a reversible surgery.
I did not want it enough back then. I thought I could do extreme weight loss on my own. I did not want the regimented eating plans, really working at exercise, the finality of surgery. So how’d that work out for me? I’ve gained even more since then.
I am ready. I am making plans. I have started on vitamins that help with hair and skin. I am eating smaller meals, and exercising more. Today I will go check out Dollar Tree for baby food dishes and containers. My husband is going with me to the seminar Wednesday this week.
To borrow a phrase from my more religious friends, I am acting as if God has already given me what I’ve asked for. Bring it on.