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Surgery Date 7/27/22, New Life in Progress!



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Hey Y'all! Brand new to Bariatric Pal, and three days post op! I am already down 30.3 pounds since starting the pre op diet, which is super encouraging! Yesterday was probably the hardest pain wise after waking up in terrible pain, on top of acid reflux from hell! Thankfully, got on some antacids prescribed by doctor, and the pain meds helped with the pain immensely! Most of my pain isn't actually from my stomach, but from my biggest incision by my liver. Also trying to stay hydrated, which has been so much harder than I ever thought!

So, I actually got the VSG for two completely different reasons. The first is the obvious, to lose weight and get back to a healthier lifestyle! The second... three weeks ago, I was told that I have precancerous and cancerous cells in my stomach. After talking through all of my options with my gastro doctor, my best move was to get the VSG as the cancer cells would be completely eradicated as they were in the portion of my stomach getting removed. Honestly, I had already been researching VSG anyways, so this was kinda a no brainer for me, two for one! This did move up my surgery date from mid September to this past Wednesday, and I am honestly completely okay with that! I didn't want to go through any sort of chemo or radiation, so time was a bit of the essence. Anyone else get/is going to get the VSG for medical reasons beyond weightloss/morbid obesity?

HW: 293 SW(before pre op diet): 289.4 CW: 259.1

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That's awesome how you took care of two things with one procedure.

There is a bunch of us that got sleeved in July - Come say hello!
https://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/441093-july-2022-peeps/

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Wow! Talk about perfect timing! I'm assuming that cancerous cells were discovered during an EGD that was done routinely prior to weight loss surgery? It's a good thing you were pursuing weight loss surgery when you did!

Best wishes and happy healing!

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Wow! Talk about perfect timing! I'm assuming that cancerous cells were discovered during an EGD that was done routinely prior to weight loss surgery? It's a good thing you were pursuing weight loss surgery when you did!
Best wishes and happy healing!

Hi there! So sorry for the delayed response, I am still figuring this out hahaha! Actually, I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy for other completely unrelated issues. When my gastro received the biopsies back from pathology, that was when he found out about the cells. I had a camera capsul scope done a couple of days later which showed exactly where the cells were. He had suggested that since I was already considering the VSG to move forward with it as a way to remove the cells. So my surgery was bumped up about two months. Worked out well! Definitely didn't want to go the radiation route!

HW: 293 SW(before pre op diet): 289.4 CW: 259.1

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@SurfingMama my ultimate motivator was my liver function numbers were not good and my liver was enlarged about 3 times the size it was suppose to be. My endocronolgist said my best option was significant weight loss to hopefully reverse the damage. He explained that there was a chance it wouldn't help, but there was really no other treatments for NAFLD & NASH, than weight loss. If I did nothing and my function continued to deteriate, I would eventually need a liver transplant. So I worked my butt off to loose as much weight on my own as I could to see if there was any improvement. 40 pounds later, my numbers started to improve and there was a palpable diffrence in my liver size. My family and I talked about it and with all the risks, the rewards way outweighed them so I made plans to move ahead (my surgery is next week). I am thrilled at the prospect of the weightloss and the benefits that alone brings, but if it hadn't been for my liver I am not sure if I would be on this path right now, but I am grateful for the opportunity to become all round healthier and feel confident in my decision to have the surgery.

Congrats on your progress and I am so glad you were able to remove all the cancer!

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