This is my story. Yours might be different. With that being said, I am not an expert on the sleeve. I am just telling you what I went through. Just remember it’s your body. Your decision. Don’t let anyone make it for you or tell that you are taking the easy way out. Seriously, if people knew what your body goes through before and after the surgery they would shut up really quick about it. What’s a vertical sleeve? It’s a form of weight loss surgery. There are a few different options you could take. Gastric bypass, Vertical Sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy), duodenal switch, and gastric banding. I chose the sleeve. With the sleeve, the doctor takes a large portion of your stomach (about 80%), leaving you with a stomach the size of a small banana limiting the amount of food you can eat. My problem has always been portioning anyway. I don’t smoke, I don’t really drink, so food has always been my friend. Lots of food.
I was talking with my friend Gwyn (sorry lady, I can’t remember what function or holiday it is) and weight comes up. Gwyn says she’s considering the Vertical Sleeve and that she already had a doctor in mind. She was starting the process for insurance to cover and said she thinks it would be good for me to look into it. She knew I was having a hard time with my weight and that I was feeling down about it. She already did the research on the top surgeon for weight loss surgery in our area. Dr. Lee Schmitt in Birmingham, AL had the best background. Dr. Schmitt has been in this field for over twenty years. He is very proud of his work, focused on his patients, and overall he’s just a nice guy. At this point, I didn’t feel like I had anyone I could talk to about it, except Gwyn. I normally go to my mom for life changing decisions, but this one scared her, so I didn’t talk to her. I felt like I needed to do something. I felt like I was trapped in my body. I used to be this athletic, vivacious, and outgoing person. I let myself down when I let myself go. To get started, I had to watch a video to catch up with Gwyn. The video detailed statistics about obesity, the process before the surgery, and then explained the surgery. After I got done with it, we scheduled our very first appointment with the surgeon together. My process started October 13, 2014, with a mini road trip…
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