My sleeve was done on September 15, 2008. I was over a 50 BMI, and was 65 years old when I had the surgery.
I now weight 180 pounds, and I no longer have Type II Diabetes, I no longer have high Cholesterol & High Triglycerides, I no longer have to take any medication for high blood pressure. Prior to surgery, I was on the maximum allowable dosages of 4 different oral diabetes drugs, and was on medication to control my cholesterol. triglycerides and hypertension.
3 weeks post op, I was off of all medication for the above.
I lost my weight over 16 months, had on 3 week stall and several much shorter ones. I did NOT adhere to my diet plan rigidly, but i stayed pretty close to it.
I walked for exercise, and that is ALL of the exercise that I did.
I found losing the weight to be pretty darn easy, partly because I did not expect miracles, and I didn't get shook up when a stall happened. They happen to everyone, and it is not something to get all discombobulated over.
A properly done VSG does NOT stretch over time, unless you grossly overeat regularly. To do that, you would have to eat to the point of becoming very sick, over and over and over again. As far as I am concerned, anyone that could (or would) do that has problems that wls will NOT help.
Contrary to what others say, there is a great deal of medical literature about the sleeve. This type of surgery has been done for well over 70 years, to treat stomach cancer and severely bleeding ulcers. You can find it in the literature as a "partial gastrectomy".
You will find all kinds of inaccurate information being spread by DS patients. Why they do this, I do not know. I have my suspicions that they have a bad case of "buyers regrets", but I don't know that for sure. If you really want to know about that surgery, I suggest that you go to Google, and type in "Problems with the Duodenal Switch". You will find hundreds of articles, many by DS surgeons, that outline the many significant problems with that surgery.
The reason why they think the sleeve stretches is because until very recently, the sleeve portion of their surgery DID stretch a great deal. But that was because the surgeons left the stomach more than 3 times the size that VSG surgeons make it.
In the very early days of doing 'vertical sleeve gastrectomy" as a "stand alone" weight loss procedure, the surgeons were making the stomach as large as DS surgeons did. They quickly discovered that this didn't work very well, and they made the residual stomach much smaller to start. This solved the problem.
I can not eat any more today, than I could at 4 months post-op. I can eat about 3/4 of a cup of semi-liquid foods, about 1/2 a cup of most foods and about 1/4 of a cup of very dense foods. I can drink 6 ounces of water at a time, and another 6 ounces about 15-20 minutes later.
I can also eat ANYTHING that I choose to eat. I can take any medication, there are no limits at all. I do have to take some irritating medications with a little food or milk, but I had to do that pre-op too.
My weight has not varied more than 3 pounds since I reached goal.
Personally, I would wish that every patient could get a sleeve. It is as effective as an RnY, but has none of the limitations that bypass surgery does.
A former Army Medic (1959-1969), Registered Nurse (1969-2000), College Instructor (1984-1989) and a retired Rehabilitation Counselor. I am also a dual citizen of the USA and Canada.
High Weight 412 lbs. Date of Surgery 360.5 Present 170 lbs