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Hi everyone, I am 61 years old and having the gastric sleeve next month, no date set yet a few more test to run and my psych eval next week. I am getting nervous already because there is a lot of bad stories around. I know there is always more bad stories on the internet then good. Any advice is appreciated.

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I’m sure you have heard this before but if you have very low complications rate with the gastric sleeve. Depending on your other health issues and history, your surgeon will be able to tell you what the risk will be in your case. You probably know the risks you are facing if you are not having the surgery. Also he can tell you the benefits you can expect. Take your time to think at those facts, commit to it when you are 100% sure you are ready. It is life altering surgery and can give you amazing success and satisfactions but also it is irreversible and not for everyone. This surgery is a great tool to get your health and your quality of life where it needs to be but it needs commitment to make it work. It is normal to be anxious about it, nobody can guarantee zero complications but as long as you’re prepared to do your required part your chances of success are pretty good. This website will be a great resource for advice and encouragement for you. I wish you best of luck.

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many people have no complications at all and of those who do, most are minor. You hear "bad stories" because people who have major complications are reaching out for help. People who don't have any complications and for whom things are going great aren't likely to broadcast that fact on the internet. Thus, it seems like major complications are more common than they really are.

I know what you're feeling because before I had surgery, I stumbled across some sites that had horror stories, but those kind of stories are really rare...

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I'm 54 and had the sleeve 5.5 months ago with no complications and no problems. Good luck on your WLS journey.

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I’m 44 had the sleeve 10 mos ago with no complications. I didn’t have any previous stomach or abdominal surgery. Like others said..ck w your dr on the foreseeable complications for you as everyone is different. For me it was smooth recovery and I’m very happy. I’m 5 1/2 pounds from my goal!! Starting weight 231 and currently I’m 140.8. Goal is 135.
Good luck to you on whatever you decide is best for you on your WL journey.

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I’m 52 should have my surgery in June. Getting bloodwork done on Friday and first meeting with the nutritionist. I feel very alone, but know that I have to do it for me. Nice to have you along for the journey!

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6 hours ago, Sharlanay said:

I’m 52 should have my surgery in June. Getting bloodwork done on Friday and first meeting with the nutritionist. I feel very alone, but know that I have to do it for me. Nice to have you along for the journey!

There is a lot of great support here. We are all going through this together. Dont feel alone! We are all here to help each other along each other's journey.

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Just wishing you the best and a speedy recovery! I'm sure you will do amazing

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FIRST OF ALL CONGRATS ON TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE WONT TELL YOU TO GO AHEAD OR NOT READ AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AND MAKE THE DECISION THAT BEST SUITS YOU AS FOR ME THE SLEEVE HAS BEEN THE BEST TOOL I HAVE EVER BOUGHT AND YES I WOULD DO IT AGAIN JUST WAY FASTER THAN I DID IT CHEERS TO YOU !!

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