Life After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Anyone who has undergone gastric sleeve surgery will tell you it’s not easy. But they will also tell you that it’s rewarding, and — if you stick with it — you’ll lose weight, improve your eating habits, and develop an overall healthier lifestyle.

To get an idea of what to expect when you have your own vertical sleeve gastrectomy with A Lighter Me, read about Melody’s, Indira’s and Jane’s experiences below.

In addition, check out their videos to hear firsthand about their best and worst moments, and to pick up some tips on how to adjust to your body post-op.

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Melody Lost 70 pounds in One Year

Melody had her gastric sleeve operation with A Lighter Me in July 2015. When she went in for surgery, she weighed 208 pounds. Prior to surgery, the highest weight she reached was 245 pounds, and she had maintained her weight at 220 pounds for eight years.

After the first week post-op, she weighed 202 pounds — six pounds lighter than her weight going into surgery. During that time, she was on a full liquid diet but she was able to eat some pureed foods. She ate yogurt and protein powder to ensure she was getting enough protein.

She did not experience any problems following her surgery other than an allergic reaction to her medication that resulted in some itching.

One year following her procedure, Melody had dropped to 138 pounds — a total weight loss of 70 pounds. She is extremely happy with her results.

Before she eats anything, melody decides if it is good for her health or not. Instead of overindulging in sweets and junk food, she eats them in moderation; she says using unhealthy foods as a reward encourages her to maintain an overall healthy diet.

Some of Melody’s go-to foods include shrimp, Power Crunch bars and salads, and she supplements her food with vitamins. To stay hydrated, she drinks Gatorade, Propel and Aquafina Flavor Splash. She also drinks one cup of coffee with sugar every day.

Two years following her surgery, Melody managed to maintain her weight loss; she still weighed 138 pounds. She said it fluctuates between 135 and 140 pounds.

“I am happy and have so much more confidence now.”

She’s also incorporated exercise into her routine. She regularly goes to the gym, where she lifts weights and does cardio exercises.

Melody said the most difficult parts post-op are dealing with some sagging skin, some periods of pain and controlling her eating habits. But overall, she’s happy with her size-6 figure.

Indira Lost 44 Pounds in 26 Weeks

Indira had her vertical sleeve gastrectomy in March 2016. Her starting weight was 198 pounds. After the pre-op diet, she weighed 190 when she went in for surgery.

One week following surgery, Indira had already lost 9 pounds, bringing her weight down to 181. She did not experience any difficulties following surgery, and she was able to spend time with her husband and walk around afterward.

In 12 weeks, Indira weighed 164 pounds, bringing her total weight loss to 26 pounds. She went clothes shopping and found out that she was able to wear a size 8.

However, Indira wasn’t completely satisfied with her progress. She said her biggest problem was eating too many carbs. But she also was not drinking enough water, and she was not exercising to supplement her diet.

Indira also discovered that she was an emotional eater, so she made it one of her goals to curb that behavior.

At 26 weeks, Indira weighed 146 pounds and felt really good about the progress she had made. On average, she was losing about 1.8 pounds per week. In terms of her figure, she had lost 5 inches in her chest and 8 inches in her hips.

“This is what I really wanted (and) the fact that I am not hungry helps me a lot.”

One of her biggest goals at this point was to improve her eating habits because she felt herself returning to her old habits, like eating at McDonald’s. At this point, Indira had not started regularly exercising either.

However, she had started drinking more water, and she was consistently taking her vitamins. Instead of swallowing pills, Indira used calcium and iron patches, which gave her more energy.

Jane Lost More Than 80 Pounds in One Year

Jane had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy in March 2016. When she started the pre-op diet, she weighed 301 pounds, and she weighed 281 when she went in for surgery.

Although Jane didn’t lose any weight in her first week following surgery, she didn’t experience any pain or problems related to the procedure. She also felt like the swelling had resided, which made it easier to drink a lot of liquid and stay hydrated.

Jane said the most difficult part of the post-op process during the first week following surgery was managing her head hunger, which was caused mainly by the additional stress of traveling back home.

In twelve weeks, Jane lost just over 40 pounds; she weighed 241 pounds, down from 281 when she went in for surgery.

Only a few weeks following surgery, she already started training for a 5K run, and after six weeks of training, she ran her first ever mile without having to stop.

At the one year mark, Jane broke the 200-pound barrier; she weighed 199.6 pounds, down more than 80 pounds from her weight at the time of surgery

Jane said she felt like she had completely healed at this point, but there were some foods that still hurt her stomach. She also said she could eat a lot more than she could immediately following surgery.

Although she had experienced some negative side effects, such as acid reflux and hair loss, during the first year following surgery, nearly all of those problems were nonexistent a year later.

“Emotionally…this is where I wanted to be; this is how I wanted to feel about myself; these are the things that I want to be doing in life.”

She even went back to Mexico to celebrate her one-year anniversary. But this time, she was on vacation, and she didn’t have to stress about how her weight could impact her traveling. Instead, she felt confident about how she looked, and she wore shorts, dresses or a bathing suit the entire trip.

Please contact us today to schedule your vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

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