Thursday, 25 February 2016

Misconceptions about the Gastric Sleeve

Link to Sunrise interview:

I was a little peeved about an actual article that appeared in NewIdea and I'm yet to view this interview that was on Sunrise this morning, but from what I've been told, it did not differ much from the NewIdea article.

The article, in my opinion, painted the sleeve in a negative way. It was written as though the only thing Jessica can have is pureed food. Wrong. Post surgery, there is a 6 week transition period: 2 weeks fluids, 2 weeks puree, 2 weeks soft food before progressing to a normal diet.

I have NEVER had any issues post sleeve. No vomiting, nothing. I see a dentist 6 monthly and have never had any issues with them. In their words, they're "perfect". Bloods are always perfect, although B12 is on the low side at times, which is why I take supplements.

Excess skin. Well that just comes with drastic weight loss. Some are lucky and their skin bounces back. It helps that youth is on their side too. I was one of the unlucky ones and I knew that is what would happen.

I didn't wake up one morning and decide that I'll have the sleeve. I thought about it for quite some time and RESEARCHED, either talking to friends who have had the procedure or frequented many forums. I saw my surgeon 3-4 times pre op to discuss things and make sure I was making the right decision. I also saw a dietitian pre op to discuss diet history as well as what was expected of me post op. I continued to see both the surgeon and dietitian (if necessary) up until 2 years post sleeve.

I just wish for once that the media would put a positive spin on sleeve surgery.

I've still got my old friends and have made many new ones.

I'm happier than I was before. I'm not saying I wasn't happy, just a lot happier now, if that makes sense!

My only regret is that I did not have surgery earlier because now at the age of 38, I'm starting to enjoy my life.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nessa, You have come along way from what your blog has shown. I follow dani and have purely to give me a boost each day. Working with special needs kids daily. Have had cancer touch our family in a way that I know lead the pack. It's as dani says, Believe! Breath! Break down the wall to reach your own goal. Don't beat yourself up for the if's + should'ves. Just embrace each day and have the best time. Cheers, Sharon (shazillas on instagram) Im amazed at this mum I was active when I had kids but this blows me out of the water.