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When to Stop Losing Weight After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

When to Stop Losing Weight After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

When they first get gastric sleeve, most patients are thinking solely about losing weight—not when and how to stop the process. For folks who’ve spent most of their lives overweight or obese, the idea of losing too much weight is almost laughable. But knowing when and how to stop shedding pounds is a very real ...

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The Power of Non-Scale Victories After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

The Power of Non-Scale Victories After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Even though I advise against being tied to the scale after vertical sleeve gastrectomy, I know many patients closely track how many pounds they’ve shed. Here’s the thing: When stalls happen, they can be depressing. They can even tempt you to go backward in your journey. But when the scale isn’t your friend—and you’re honestly ...

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Is There a Stigma About Gastric Sleeve in Mexico?

Is There a Stigma About Gastric Sleeve in Mexico?

If you’ve made the decision to have a vertical sleeve gastrectomy in Mexico—and told even one person about it—you already know the answer to that question: oh yes. It’s hard enough to “convince” people that bariatric surgery is the right course of action for you, but bariatric surgery in Mexico? You’re bound to get an ...

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Learning What “Full” Feels Like After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Learning What “Full” Feels Like After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Before vertical sleeve gastrectomy, many patients are completely out of touch with what it means to be (healthily) full. Depending on their habits and physical/psychological issues, some eat until they feel like they’ll explode, while others have rarely felt full in their lives. So part of the recovery process after gastric sleeve in Mexico ...

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Wrestling with Body Image After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Wrestling with Body Image After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

The pounds are dropping off thanks to VSG, so why is your body image still suffering? With most social media posts focusing on new and improved post-bariatric bodies, many vertical sleeve gastrectomy patients believe they’re the only one whose brain hasn’t caught up with their body. The truth is that body image issues are incredibly ...

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How Fat is “Fat Enough” For Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

How Fat is “Fat Enough” For Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

As a bariatric surgeon I hear—and relieve—many concerns from my VSG patients. Among the questions I get is whether a patient is at a “correct” weight for gastric sleeve surgery. Usually it’s a matter of “am I too obese for the procedure?” but sometimes patients worry they aren’t overweight enough. With the standard caveat ...

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What to do When You Feel Stuck on Your Gastric Sleeve Journey

What to do When You Feel Stuck on Your Gastric Sleeve Journey

How are you today? Do you feel good about your VSG progress? I hope you can answer “great!” and “yes!” to both of those questions. If you can’t, this blog is for you. Today we’re going to dive into the issues of perfectionism, feeling stuck, and moving past both those things.

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A Word About Goal-Setting After Gastric Sleeve

A Word About Goal-Setting After Gastric Sleeve

Immediately following vertical sleeve gastrectomy, your initial goals are pretty simple: get the recommended amount of water each day, find ways to sip protein until your stomach is ready for more solid food, and walk a bit even if you don’t feel like it. But after you’ve had the sleeve for a while, goals take ...

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Getting to Know and Love Yourself After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Getting to Know and Love Yourself After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Going into VSG, you may have believed the procedure was only about weight loss. Now you know that it affects your entire life. You’re doing things that, perhaps, you never thought you could. My patients change daily, but their heads sometimes struggle to keep up with these new realities. Getting to know—and, yes, love—who you ...

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Life After Gastric Sleeve Surgery Isn’t Always Easy

Life After Gastric Sleeve Surgery Isn’t Always Easy

Even with all of the information we give patients before they undergo bariatric surgery in our Mexico practice, I often get the sense that many expect the weight loss process to be fairly effortless. Sometimes it is. Most of the time it’s not. And guess what? That’s okay. I know, I know: easy victories sound ...

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