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OK So What is the Gastric Sleeve?

What is a "Sleeve Gastrectomy" ?   A sleeve gastrectomy is a procedure wherein the entire left side of the stomach is removed. The new stomach which the person is left with is in the shape of a banana and roughly the same size as well. It is one of the simpler procedures, especially in comparison to gastric bypass; this has mostly to do with the fact that no intestines need to be rerouted and connected. A sleeve gastrectomy is different from a sleeve gastrectomy in the sense that it does not require an artificial device in the abdominal area.

Patients who should consider this procedure include:

1. Anyone who is afraid of the long-term results of an intestinal bypass, including problems such as protein deficiency, anemia, ulcers, and intestinal obstruction.
2. Those who do not want a foreign object inside their abdomen such as with a Lap Band procedure which is also fairly popular but comes with a number of risks.
3. Those who cannot opt for traditional weight loss surgery due to the fact that they have a serious medical condition such as Crohn’s disease, anemia, or an extensive history of other surgeries.
4. Any person who takes anti-inflammatory medications because of the fact that they need to be avoided after a gastric bypass procedure. This is not the case with a sleeve gastrectomy however.
This type of procedure can also be a very good idea for anyone who is currently experiencing an issue with their lap band or those who have previously lost quite a bit of weight and do not need to get a full bypass procedure performed. Weight loss with the sleeve tends to be faster and produces results within a very short period of time when it is performed on the person.  

What advantages does gastric sleeve surgery have?

1. No intestines have to be “rerouted” or connected/disconnected in this procedure.
2. There is a minimum of complications and side-effects, such as anemia, protein deficiency, and osteoporosis which can be a problem with other common weight loss procedures.
3. This procedure is the only one that is able to remove the hormone which drives hunger and leads to weight gain.
4. It is much simpler than gastric bypass in terms of how it is performed.
5. No foreign objects are required to be put in your body in this procedure.
6. No adjustments or “fill-ups” are required.
7. Your pylorus will be preserved with this procedure.
8. Those who have a body mass index or BMI of 60+ will find that it is very safe.

Patients with Lap Band complications

Those who have a lap band and have experienced multiple complications will certainly want to think about opting for this type of procedure. Some of the most common problems from a lap band include erosion of the band, slippage, and reflux. By having a gastric sleeve procedure performed and having the band removed, you will be able to avoid all of these uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous side-effects/issues which are so common with those who have the band. A lot of people are concerned about gaining all of their weight back after getting the band put in, but this is not problem with the sleeve procedure.   A gastric sleeve will allow those who get it to maintain their current weight and also lose more weight so they do not become heavier.   This procedure is considered to be one of the safest and most effective with regards to weight loss and weight gain prevention.      

Gastric Bypass Questions: Gastric Bypass, and Gladder surgery!!!!?

Question by Diva Dana: Gastric Bypass, and Gladder surgery!!!!?
I had gastric bypass a year and a half ago, and i am having my gallbladder removed in a couple of weeks. I am very worried about what is going to happen to me. I wonder will i keep loosing weight, or put it on since i had gastric bypass surgery, and now i have to have my gallbladder out. Is there anything anyone can tell me to let me know what to expect, or what will happen. Any information is better than not having any at all. Thanks

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Answer by jurdonna
I don’t know all abt. it but a couple of people who’ve had it say you don’t have a big incision like drs. used to do. They make 3 tiny incisions and pull it out.

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Weight Loss Surgery Questions: Are there any type of surgeries that i can have done to lose weight?

Question by rrck22: Are there any type of surgeries that i can have done to lose weight?
I am over weight and I have high cholesterol

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Answer by Kayla
Gastic Bypass and Lapband come to mind. You have to be at least 100 or more pounds over the ideal weight. It is a very exspensive procedure and some insurance dont cover you. There is also jaw wiring

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Does having Gastric Bypass Surgery affect your Blood Alcohol Level???

Question by sunflower222: Does having Gastric Bypass Surgery affect your Blood Alcohol Level???
I have heard this a couple times now and was curious if it was even true. Example…. say you get a DUI and your BAC is .21, but you have only had a couple beers. Is it higher because of your gastric bypass surgery? Hope I made sense of that. Thanks!!!

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Answer by Betty Boop
Yes…besides what are you doing drinking after bypass surgery?
You’re on a restricted diet and alcohol is forbidden…

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Can others REALLY sabotage your weight-loss efforts?

Question by Orchideye: Can others REALLY sabotage your weight-loss efforts?
I have often heard and read that people close to us will sometimes inadvertently or directly sabotage weight-loss efforts. Why would people seriously do that? No offense to anyone, but I think whenever the word “sabotage” is used in regards to losing weight, the only person to blame is the person who is losing the weight. I know that sounds harsh, but others can’t “make” you eat anything. Period. No matter how much they tease, look at you funny, whatever– trust me, I have been there and guess what, I told people who disagreed with what I was doing to shove it.

If you made an attempt to lose weight (or have lost weight), and you feel that your friends and family tried to sabotage your efforts, why do you feel that way? What did they do? How was that any different from giving their opinion?
Angel’s girl that’s a good point about the friend’s bf.

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Answer by J
Would depend on if you ahd control over what was fed to you. If you are a kid and your parents wont buy healthy food then it could sabotage you through lack of understanding and support. Other than that i agree with you.

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im getting laprosopic gastric bypass surgery done june 22nd. would drinking alcohol socially make things bad?

Question by David G: im getting laprosopic gastric bypass surgery done june 22nd. would drinking alcohol socially make things bad?
also, im making my appointments for all my tests on the week of april 20 which is my spring break. would those test results still be in effect till the time my surgery is scheduled?

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Answer by dasboos13
Those are questions for your doctor.

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Does anyone know of a doctor or clinic that would take a person w/o health coverage for gastric bypsass surger

Question by yanksgirl: Does anyone know of a doctor or clinic that would take a person w/o health coverage for gastric bypsass surger
our daughters’ insurance won’t cover gastric bypass surgery. Her weight is 400 plus and no diet plan has helped. Her health is good (except for a thyroid problem) and knee and feet problems due to weight. No b/p or heart or diabetes problems. She needs help but doesn’t know what else to do. She has tried liquid/weight watchers/hypnosis.We live in the midwest (Missouri). Anyone know of a clinic/study/or doctor that would consider treating her without insurance coverage? Thanks.
yanksgirl
She can’t afford it (the cost is close to $ 40,000) and then plastic surgery to take off the excess fat that hangs after such a surgery). Just wondered if clinics are available to folks in this type of predicament?

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Answer by hummersathome
I don’t live in Missouri, but since it is such a dangerous procedure, some surgeons avoid it. If you are willing to pay for it out of pocket, yes, I am sure you will find someone to perform this. Call a reputable surgeon and inquire about the cost. They usually require a psychological evaluation before the procedure as well. You mentioned thyroid problems. I would check into that further. You did not mention if she was on medication for thyroid. If not, seek a doctor’s help with that.

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Weight loss and the results?

Question by Mandi: Weight loss and the results?
I am almost 18 and i want to start losing weight. But i am worried about loose skin.
I don’t know my exact weight because i never wanted to step on a scale before. All i know is that i am a size 18 in jeans. Umm.. i don’t know what size that is in US measurements. Anyway, i have ALOT of stretch marks and i heard that you are more prone to having lose skin if you have them. I have them on my arms, thighs,back,belly,shoulders and breasts (pretty much everywhere and yes i know.very unattractive.) But i really want to start losing weight and look healthy, I am a vegetarian so when it comes to eating right, im doing pretty good. Anyway, i was wondering if anyone knows what the likely hood of me having loose skin is and if there are any exercises to do to minimize me getting alot of loose skin, especially in the breast area! i don’t want saggy breasts at 18!!! I know surgery would be an option after the weight loss. But i just want to know the likely hood of me getting loose skin and ways to help minimize it.

Any help would be appreciated !

Also if anyone knows any good weight loss workouts/diets that work, id love to hear about them!

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Answer by winonoir
Since your young your skin is great, basically your alot less likely to have saggy now than at 45. Just try lose the weight nice and steady and not have a load just drop off. 1lb-2lb a week would be great and give your skin time to move with your weight loss.

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what is the difference in lap band , gestural bypass surgery?

Question by nicholas9617: what is the difference in lap band , gestural bypass surgery?

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Answer by the_only_solorose
the primary difference is that gastral bypass is PERMANENT, and the lap band can be removed.
gastral bypass is major abdominal surgery where you are sliced open stem to stern, lap band is done with a laparascope and you have two or three tiny punture wounds.
if you are interested in this sort of surgery check with your local hospitals, many of them offer free information seminars on the available procedures.

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Weight Loss Surgery Questions: Any advice: Lap Band Surgery?

Question by E.L._bayb: Any advice: Lap Band Surgery?
I have a friend that is getting lap band surgery, but in my heart I cannot support her. She is 20 years old and has been fighting her weight problem most of her life. She once had lost about 40 lbs (with the help of diet pills). But because we are in college and eat fast food all the time she gained the weight right back. She has always had self-esteem issues & I honestly think that she doesn’t love herself. She has never had a boyfriend & thinks that no one will ever want her b/c of her size. I tell her that self-confidence plays a big roll in guys liking her. My fear is that she is having the surgery for the wrong reasons. I know she can loose the weight if she stuck to a strick diet and exercised reguarly. My whole question is: What do you do when your heart is telling you this is the wrong thing, but you are tired of giving advice to a friend who doesn’t listen? I believe that surgery will not cure self-dislike in the long term.

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Answer by Laura J
99% results of lap band surgeries are complications and even death. If she keeps eating junk food, and I mean even less junk food and doesn’t do anything to change her way of eating, then she is doomed.

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Roca labs gastric bypass effect formula for weight loss.?

Question by need a change: Roca labs gastric bypass effect formula for weight loss.?
HAS ANY ONE EVER TRIED ROCA LABS FORMULATION FOR WEIGHT LOSS AND HAVE LOST WEIGHT? IF SO, CAN YOU SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH ME.

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Answer by Ellen
i didn’t try that but one thing i want to share with you. i have tried the weight lose activity from 6 months before. i was doing the jogging and running which are the simple weight loss activity. and i lose the fat from my thighs, arms and butt. it lalso gives me various benefits in healthy lifestyle. so, i think going naturally and simply is the best one.

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