Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with your health care professional if you have concerns or you have unanswered questions specific to your situation.
Gastric Sleeve Results : Three Years Later + Any Regrets?
It’s hard to believe that’s it’s been three years since I had my gastric sleeve surgery.
It feels like I was just sitting in a “Is weight loss surgery for you?” orientation at the hospital but alas, that orientation was in December of 2016.
If you’re new here and want to learn why I decided to have gastric sleeve surgery, you can read that post here.
Gastric Sleeve Results—>
What You Really Want to Know While Reading This Three Year Update
✖️How much weight have I lost overall?
✖️Have I regained any weight since the surgery or my last update?
Yes. Since my dad passed away in January 2020, and since the pandemic lockdown, I have regained (and then lost again) four pounds. I currently weigh 144 pounds.
✖️ Do you want to lose any more weight?
Yes. I’d love to lose five pounds and reach the 139 mark. My goal weight was 130lbs at the beginning of this journey but my body has been very resistant to reaching that number so I’ve adjusted my goal accordingly.
Look at how far I’ve come!! ⬇️
✖️ Have I considered having plastic surgery to remove the excess skin?
Yes but only on my stomach and chin. I probably have about 3-4 pounds of excess skin on my stomach. My health insurance will cover the cost of a panniculectomy (removing the skin and fat) but it will not cover a tummy tuck (tightening of the abdominal wall). I’ve been weighing the pros and cons of each and haven’t made a final decision yet. I will let you know when I do though. =)
✖️ Do I feel like weight loss surgery has improved my Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, or Arthritis?
Yes, yes, and yes. Losing the excess weight has taken the excess strain off of my back, legs, knees, spine, and hips. That has resulted in less pain and less fatigue.
Because I have Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, the daily struggle with fatigue is a constant problem but it’s not as heavy as it was prior to my weight loss.
✖️ Am I still taking my vitamins regularly?
Yes. Like clockwork and my last two bloodwork results have shown vitamin levels all within normal range (they were chronically deficient before).
✖️Am I using bariatric specific products?
No. Most of them are too expensive simply because they’re labeled for bariatric use. Here’s the daily multivitamin that has been giving me those awesome lab results:
This is the calcium supplement I take:
✖️ Am I drinking enough water?
Note: I limit the use of Crystal Light to 2-3 times per week because of the aspartame it contains.
✖️ Do I regret having gastric sleeve surgery?
Not in any way, shape, or form. My only regret is that I didn’t decide to have the surgery sooner.
✖️ Do I drink alcohol or carbonated beverages?
Nope. I don’t want the extra calories that alcohol contains and I don’t want the carbonation to deteriorate the staple line in my stomach.
Note: I met someone at the weight loss surgery orientation who was scheduled for revision surgery because she drank soda every day and the combination of acid and carbonation created a leak in her staple line (on the stomach).
I’ll pass on that thank you very much.
✖️ Do I eat chocolate or sweets?
Yes. It’s one of my weak spots. It’s something I have to constantly monitor because it can get out of hand.
I’ve definitely been a bit too lenient with my eating habits during this hellish pandemic. But then again, haven’t we all??!
Overall, I’m ecstatic with my gastric sleeve results. I’ve gone from a size 18/20 jeans to a size 6 and a size 2XL top to a size small or medium.
Like I mentioned earlier, I’d like to reach the 139 mark and plan on being a bit more disciplined regarding chocolate. Life was really rough emotionally for the first three months after my dad died so I was lenient in my food intake.
If you’ve ever lost a parent, you know exactly how difficult the grief can be.
If you’re considering having weight loss surgery, I highly recommend that you watch my videos on YouTube and read the posts here on the blog.
Between these two formats, you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about weight loss surgery.
If you have any questions about my three-year update, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section.
I appreciate you all!