October 1, 2010

New Beginnings

On Monday, September 27, 2010 at 7:30am, I had the large part of my stomach removed in a surgical procedure called a "Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy" (VSG).  I told to doctor to make sure to let me see the removed stomach, and he assured me that he'd take a picture.  I'm still checking my email and photobucket for clippings!

The VSG is nothing new to the world of Weight Loss Surgery (WLS), but it is something that insurance companies have just started providing coverage.  My own insurance company only started approving their patients for this procedure back in March.  It has long been considered "experimental" compared to rerouting your stomach with your bowels, or placing a plastic "band" around the entrance to the stomach.

This procedure was a personal matter for me as I got older, I began to slow down and started feeling my joints aching more.  I've been on more diets than a few -- love cabbage soup, hate the side-effects!  Here's my list of diets: Atkins, Pritikin, Slim Fast, Low Carb, Vegetarian (which I actually lost a lot of weight), NutriSystem, and the favorite standby for many, Weight Watchers.  I would recommend Weight Watcher's to everyone as the program is simple and you really don't feel deprived, but being a yo-yo dieter didn't allow me to stick with any plan for long periods.  I found that I would get derailed from the program and then lose all of the momentum I'd gained from the initial weight loss.

I seriously began thinking of WLS in November of 2009 and pursued the option vigorously in March of 2010 after speaking with my primary care physician during my annual physical.  I had been researching the different options, and during my meeting with him, I asked him if he thought I would be a good candidate for WLS.  He said yes.  I talked over my options with my husband and he thought I should pursue it.  I was off and running!