On November 29, 2010 at 6:59 PM Pacific Time, MikeyMike wrote:
I had a size 38 Bougie. I have very good restriction and great weight loss.
Don't get hung up on the Bougie size. The differences between sizes is insignificant. I pasted a reference pic that's been floating around.
Many factors determine the capacity that the stomach holds ie. Length of the stomach, Bougie Size, Does the doctor over sew the staple line. how snug the doctor pulls against the Bougie.
Many successful sleevers practice not eating until you are full. You should strive to eat until you are satisfied.
Yep, what he said. Even though my surgeon used a 32fr bougie, I can eat twice as much as I could at 2-3 months out, and that's perfectly normal. I'm 18 months and have the same restriction I had at 7-8 months when my surgeon told me my sleeve was probably at max capacity. The difference between a 32 and 38fr is less than 2mm. For reference here is a PDF file that shows you the size of the bougies.
Bougie size is just part of the equation. The surgeon's technique and your own anatomy will determine final sleeve capacity. Choosing what to put in your mouth will ultimately determine your long term success, not the size of your remaining stomach tissue.