The VSG was my 2nd, and final WLS. I could have easily had Roux-en-Y or Gastric Bypass, but I fought to have VSG as my revision from the band
. Some factors I considered in deciding on VSG. The pouch that Roux-en-Y or Gastric Bypass offers is similar to the pouch with the band
. Least to say, a pouch sucks, I love having a normal tummy, just less capacity and still fully functioning.
1) No blind stomach left behind that can be difficult to scope yet can still get ulcers and cancer.
2) 2 years max on calorie/carb/sugar malabsorption, but a lifetime of vitamin/nutrient malabsorption
3) I had a pouch with the band
, and it sucked. I'm pretty fond of my pyloric valve and the sleeve let me keep it. I love having a normal functioning stomach, just smaller in capacity.
4) Regain stats and #of Roux-en-Y or Gastric Bypass patients seeking revision truly scared the poop out of me
5) I have too many friends in real life that struggle with vitamin deficiencies post-Roux-en-Y or Gastric Bypass, and most of them either never got to goal, or have gained back a significant amount of their weight.
6) The long term complications with Roux-en-Y or Gastric Bypass were too numerous for my comfort level.
7) I researched gastrectomies that had been performed for stomach cancer and ulcer patients, and found comfort in the long term results and minimal complications of patients that had lost most or all of their stomachs had dealt with over several years.
8) I was a volume eater, and knew a restrictive only procedure would work for me. That was my thought process when I got the band
, and I thought I could beat the odds on complications. Sadly, the band
only lasted 8 months before I had to revise.
9) I did not want to have food or medication restrictions. I chose WLS to have a "normal" life, and I think it's normal to eat a couple of cookies. With Roux-en-Y or Gastric Bypass, I wasn't willing to go through the possibility of dumping if I wanted to have a couple of cookies, or a slice of cake on occasion.
I lost all my weight with the exception of 7lbs with the sleeve. It's been a fabulous journey, and I'm easily maintaining with zero issues. I dropped 138lbs in 10 months with the sleeve, and have been maintaining my current weight for 10 months. I'll be 2 years out in June. Still never experience hunger, have zero food or medication restrictions, and truly live a very normal, active, fun-filled life.