What can I eat after Gastric Sleeve?

on 8/15/11 4:16 am - Houma, LA
Hello everyone, I am new here, I am thinking about having the gastric sleeve done, I wanted to know if anyone could tell me what will I be able to eat after my surgery, say like in 5 months? Will I ever be able to eat the regular foods that I eat now?

Thanks for any help
(deactivated member)
on 8/15/11 4:25 am
Be sure to check out the VSG forum, you'll most likely get more sleeve specific answers there.
walter A.
on 8/15/11 4:53 am - lafayette, NJ
i had the ds which the sleeve is a component, i have no dietary restricting, eat what ever i choose.
Dawnie 88
on 8/15/11 5:16 am
I had the sleeve..i eat whatever i want..just smaller amounts


on 8/15/11 6:18 am - Pembroke Pines, FL
exactly what dawnie said. 
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on 8/15/11 9:30 am - Houma, LA
Thanks everyone, ok so I guess it's safe to say that I will be able to contue eating salads, fruits, etc. just in smaller portions. I am very glad to hear this. I am both excited and nervous about getting the sleeve. But I have been getting very good info on here.anyone here had the sleeve done? if so any problems? pain? anything I should know about before I decide to go ahead and do it?

Thanks for all the help
(deactivated member)
on 8/15/11 10:23 am
You may want to post this over on the VSG forum, you'd get a lot more answers.. and while you're there- read everything you can! It's a very active forum!
Elizabeth N.
on 8/15/11 1:33 pm - Burlington County, NJ
I echo the advice of others to get to the VSG board, as they are very active and there are some great knowledgable folks there.

I live with a "sleeve" as part of my DS. Now that I am nearly five years out, I have a degree of restriction that leaves me able to eat what folks of normal weight and similar activity level to me eat in general. Without the malabsorptive component of the DS, this would be enough for me to regain a LOT of the weight I lost, because my metabolism was really damaged from many diets, PCOS, type II diabetes etc.

This is something you should consider carefully when you are deciding what procedure to have. If you have lost and regained a significant amount of weight (like more than 10-15% of your body weight, I think is a number that gets mentioned in this context) multiple times, chances are that restriction alone is not going to get you where you want to be for the long term. If you have been heavy for the long term, chances are you've been on the diet mill.

The VSG does two things for you: Makes restriction of intake a reality (at least to a degree and for a time) and HOPEFULLY reduces your appetite and increases your satiety factor because of the amputation of ghrelin-producing stomach tissue.

These things are NOT necessarily givens (except for the restriction) and NOT necessarily forever. Some people have other things going on in their bodies in addition to lots of ghrelin and a huge stomach capacity, that can affect their hunger and satiety. These are complex things.

A LOT of people believe that if they have restriction so their bellies get "full," they will lack hunger and gain satiety. Um, ask lap banders about this. There are a LOT of banders who suffer constant hunger and never feel satiated, despite their severe restriction. Talk about torture.

There are sleevers who get this, too.

There seem to be two big factors, just going in, that have a significant impact on VSG success: Whether or not you've been a multi-dieter, and how much weight you have to lose. As with the bands, the higher your starting BMI, the less total excess weight you tend to lose. The VSG seems thus far (stats are not in for very long because it hasn't been done this way for weight loss for very long yet) to have a higher percentage of excess weight loss, both initially and maintained, than the bands. It appears to be coming in sort of similar to RNY in that department.
The very BEST of all the procedures, by all possible measures of success, is the DS. But it is not for everyone. It takes big devotion and commitment to live with any WLS, but especially with the DS. However, if you are someone who can't lose weight, or who can lose it but not keep it off even with very severe restriction of diet and use of activity, and if you have comorbidities such as type II diabetes, you owe it to yourself to give the DS a closer look. See the DS board here and www.dsfacts.com .

Jolly Rancher
on 8/15/11 1:37 pm
Spot on, as always. Sleeves stretch....even with complications. I can eat a lot. I just have to chew, chew, chew, much like a bandster. Still, I can put away some food. Without the malabsorption, I'd be way back over 200 by now!

(deactivated member)
on 8/15/11 10:44 am - NY
In addition to checking out the VSG forum, you can find more info here: http://vsgfaq.wordpress.com/
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