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Hello All,

So I went to the doctor today and have gained four more pounds which puts me at 211 and I'm 5'5. My bariatric sleeve surgery is scheduled for Sept 7 and I arrive in Mexico that same day. I just put down my deposit and although I cant wait for the time to come I find that I am getting very scared. I feel like I am giving up my "drug of choice" and I would appreciate anyone who is able to give me ideas on what to expect. Originally I had been researching having the gastric balloon because it is a lot less invasive and temporary. I decided to go with the sleeve because I'm afraid that the balloon would be only a temporary fix. Any advice would be very appreciated because so much of my life is lived around my attachment with food. I'd love to hear from anyone who is able to weigh in on this topic. Thank you .

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I'm sorry you're scared. I've never met a gastric surgery patient who wasn't scared at some point.

Ask yourself what's scarier: Giving up your "drug of choice" or continuing to gain weight? Rather than focus on what you won't have, focus on what you will have. Good luck!

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I am a sleeve patient myself and I'm really intrigued by the balloon!
I think you made a great choice and I wish you lots of success! I would do it all over again for sure. One thing I thought I should mention is that the magic of the sleeve is temporary. I'm three years out and have gained back 30 pounds, and I have met literally thousands of people online that have regained a big chunk of their weight after a few years--many have regained all of it. You get about one year's grace, and then the old-fashioned dieting/workout plan is the only way to keep your momentum.

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wow, thank you guru in training for your input. I better use that year to build the healthy habits while I have the support of the sleeve. So how did you feel right after surgery and how long did it take before you were able to go back to work?

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