Thank you all again for your feedback. Seems like the consensus around here is pretty clearly against me getting the VSG.
This has been so tough. I was so excited to get it. Now I'm kind of lost.
As it stands, there are clear risks with VSG, and my perceived risks with RNY.
With Kaiser, once you complete the 12 week program, you have up to a year to decide whether or not to get the surgery. I think I'm going to take this year attempting to change my lifestyle without the surgery. I know the odds are stacked against me, but hopefully I can overcome them with the knowledge that a risky surgery is my only other option.
If I am unable to succeed in making these lifestyle changes without the surgery over the next 6-8 months, I will just have to decide which is the best option for me then.
Thanks for your help and good luck to all of us on our weight loss journies!
I have to say you've peaked my curiosity and I did a search on gastroparesis and VSG. A few articles came up that state the VSG can actually correct gastroparesis. Maybe if you did your own research and presented your findings to your doc he/she would reconsider.
I have read those studies as well! Isn't that interesting? Seems to be very little consensus on the matter. Which makes sense, because 1. Gastroparesis is fairly rare and 2. As you said, it is far more common as a symptom of diabetes. Which in these instances I'm sure virtually every doctor would recommend the RNY as one of it's great benefits is its relief of diabetes!
I feel like smaller meals and less consumption would be GOOD for gastroparesis as these studies suggest... but then what my surgeon and many in this thread have said makes sense too, that less stomach = more backup. Wish I had a crystal ball!
Thank you! I was only a few pounds less at my highest as you were at yours. Probably one good binge. LOL
I am SO looking forward to being the success that you are!
Edit: OMG, I just looked at your ticker a little closer. You have LOST over 300 lbs?!?!
I bow before you!
Buffalo is considered game meat, which is allowed. It's very lean...unlike pork and beef. I could also have venison, elk, etc. I may have to go raid a hunter friend's freezer. HAHA
The buffalo bone broth turned out SO good!