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  1. Hello Everyone, This is not easy for me to write I'd really appreciate your help and opinions. I'm a 6'2" 298 pound male with a BMI of about 38-39 and some say I carry my weight well. I am in my early 30's and i suffer from hypertension and high cholesterol. Thankfully I do not suffer from any other co-morbidities except maybe for joint pain. This is my third go-around with doing this process and insurance from work is going to pay for it. If i had to pay for it out of pocket, I simply would not be able to afford it. Having a family is pretty expensive lol. I honestly believe it's now or never for me because I don't know how much longer I will have this insurance and I've put it off long enough. I have struggled with this decision for about 5 years now. For one, I know I MUST lose weight but I honestly it's been very difficult and I personally don't see myself as THAT big (but then again i am only 1 bmi point away from class 3 obesity). Many patients usually have a higher BMI than i do when they have the surgery. I have tried losing weight on my own and ill lose 20 to 30 pounds here and there and just gain it right back. I have 2 very young kids at the house and it's really difficult for me right now to get in a good diet and honestly I do not have the will power. I've never had a problem working out but the diet has ALWAYS been my issue. I'm flat out ADDICTED to food. I feel like the sleeve will definitely help me in that aspect. I've battled through a BUNCH of different things that scare me and has stopped me from getting the surgery in the past. I have been able to move passed those reasons mentally and have to come to peace with this decision EXCEPT for one last reason that I just can't seem to get over. THIS MIGHT SOUND DUMB but the change in the quantity of food is scary. The thought of only eating so little is incredibly frightening to me, so much so that I would like to suggest to my surgeon to remove only 60% of the stomach instead of the 80% that is usually done. In my opinion, 60% is still a hell of a lot of stomach removal making my pouch still significantly smaller than it is now and I'll just feel more comfortable and feel so much more at peace. I understand that mentality could be the major reason that I am in this situation to begin with but again, I just don't see myself as that big, I'm relatively young and thankfully I have not developed any life-threatening conditions just yet. The idea is to get surgery BEFORE that occurs as preemptive measure. I feel that if I could get a 50-70 pound boost, maybe and hopefully that'll be all I need to jump start my healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life. Thoughts?
  2. Hi everyone, Im new here as this is my second post in 2 days. I have a question regarding GERD. Im 32 been pretty much overweight all my life and the small time (about 10 years ago) when i was in great shape, i did not suffer from gerd. I also have a small hiatal hernia that may or may not need to be repaired. I do not take medicine for the Gerd, it really doesn't bother me to be honest. I have been reading that preexisting GERD prior to the sleeve can worsen. So much so, that many times the surgeon will suggest a revision to the bypass. The bypass scares the life out of me and i just dont want to do it. No disrespect to bypass patients, But I rather not surgery than get a bypass Studies can only show you so much and Id really like to hear some of your first hand experiences. Did it get worse, Better, same? Also, did any of you get the LINX installed? If so, howd did that go?
  3. Hi! I read that you had GERD prior to surgery and that a hiatal hernia repair during surgery completely removed your GERD. is this still the case?

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