What size french bougie does everyone have??

on 4/7/12 9:06 am
VSG on 04/04/12
I have a 29 so it will only allow me to eat 1-2 ounces of food...when I get off liquids that is!  Just curious what sizes are out there...


on 4/7/12 9:17 am
I have a 36f oversewn and can eat about 2-3 ounces of dense protein at 8 months out.
on 4/7/12 9:24 am
36 I have not pushed any limits. I do not go over 2oz dense protein at almost 5 months out. Fish I can get 2 oz. chicken I can only do a little over 1 oz.
Surgery date 11/23        
on 4/7/12 9:27 am
A very tight 40f. I can eat just under 2 oz of dense protein or about 3 1/2 oz of soft food (yogurt, etc.) at a year.

Plenty tight for me. Can't quite eat a small tub of Activa yogurt, so wouldn't want it any smaller.

Highest weight: 335 lbs, BMI 50.9
Pre-op weight: 319 lbs, BMI 48.5
Current range: 140-144, BMI 21.3 - 22

175+ lbs lost, maintaining since February 2012

on 4/7/12 10:04 am
36 I can eat 3oz. Easy
  Highest weight 330 - GW 150  
on 4/7/12 10:04 am
VSG on 02/27/12
 32f oversown-2oz dense protein at a time
on 4/7/12 10:11 am, edited 4/7/12 10:12 am - CA
VSG on 01/12/12
The right size for me.
on 4/7/12 12:20 pm
Ms. Poker Face
on 4/7/12 10:12 am
I have a 34f and can eat 3 oz dense protein.

From everything I've read, bougie size is only part of what determines someone's final eating capacity.  Surgeon's technique has a heavy influence... especially as it relates to how close to the bougie the doc measures/sews.  And whether or not he oversews the staple line and/or glues it.  And how long the stomach is... this can have a bigger impact on capacity than many people think.  Theoretically taller people have longer stomachs, although I've not seen the data to back this up... just conjecture by some folks, I think.  Plus, how much stretchy tissue is left... also influences final size.

Bottom line, you get what you get and it's how you use it that is most important.


5'5"    Goal reached, but fighting regain.  Back to Basics.
Start Weight 246    Goal Weight 160    Current Weight 183

Starting size: 22, 2x
Current size: 12, L


on 4/7/12 10:21 am - CA
VSG on 03/02/12
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