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Beating the "Comparison Disease" After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Beating the "Comparison Disease" After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

“Wow, she’s lost a lot more weight with VSG than I have.” “Why isn’t my muscle tone as good as his?”  The urge to compare yourself to others around you is bone-deep for most humans; it’s not unique to those who’ve undergone vertical sleeve gastrectomy. But the procedure does introduce a new temptation ...

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Skin Removal Surgery After Gastric Sleeve

Skin Removal Surgery After Gastric Sleeve

Thanks to your VSG and a lot of hard work, you’ve reached your weight and health goals. Congratulations! Only one thing is marring your happiness: all of the excess skin left behind. It’s a common complaint among gastric sleeve patients, especially if their weight loss can be counted in the hundreds of pounds. Some people ...

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Dealing with Depression After Gastric Sleeve

Dealing with Depression After Gastric Sleeve

You’ve had vertical sleeve gastrectomy and are winning the weight loss war for the first time in years—or ever. So why do some patients feel anything but joyful? From simple explanations (it’s a big change) to more complex issues (losing your coping mechanism), one or a combination of several factors can contribute to feelings of ...

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Fighting Carb Addiction After Your Gastric Sleeve

Fighting Carb Addiction After Your Gastric Sleeve

Most VSG patients have a love-hate relationship with carbs: They love to eat them and hate what they do to their weight. Carb addiction is very real—and a very real threat to your gastric sleeve diet. Whether you’re on your first day of the pre-op program or years into your sleeve journey, a compulsion to ...

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An Action Plan for Gastric Sleeve Patients (Part 2)

An Action Plan for Gastric Sleeve Patients (Part 2)

In last week’s article, I tackled the first steps in shedding weight you’ve regained after vertical sleeve gastrectomy: “get your head right” (manage triggers) and “plan to succeed” (meal planning, meal prepping, and building in contingencies). This week, I’ll share additional tips to get you back on track with your gastric sleeve diet.

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Unexpected Money After VSG Surgery

Unexpected Money After VSG Surgery

When you’re contemplating gastric sleeve surgery, cost is certainly top of mind. And while the amount you’ll spend is usually the focus, did you know there are a long list of ways you may save money after the procedure? Some of those savings are no-brainers (bye-bye unhealthy snack food), but other items may be surprising ...

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Talking About How Much Weight You’ve Lost After Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

Talking About How Much Weight You’ve Lost After Gastric Sleeve in Mexico

Like some social media relationships statuses, to talk about your VSG weight loss or not to talk about it is complicated. Sharing the ups and downs of your journey with sleeve brothers and sisters is a no brainer; they’ve been there and are doing that. But with those outside your immediate support system, feelings tend ...

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How Young is Too Young for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico?

How Young is Too Young for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico?

Surgery—especially elective surgery like VSG—should always be a last resort, right? Why “go under the knife” unless absolutely every other option has been exhausted? That all sounds like it should make sense. Except it doesn’t. Who decides how long you have to suffer the social and medical difficulties that come with being overweight? How do ...

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Can You Convert a Gastric Band to a Gastric Sleeve in Mexico?

Can You Convert a Gastric Band to a Gastric Sleeve in Mexico?

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy—also known as “the sleeve”—is not only a great solution for first-time bariatric patients, but it’s also a smart decision for patients who want to convert a Lap-Band® to another type of bariatric tool.

In recent years, converting previous bariatric surgeries to new sleeves has become a significant part of my practice. And ...

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How to Get More Calories Without More Carbs

How to Get More Calories Without More Carbs

It seems odd to think about, but there may be times after gastric sleeve surgery when you want to add more to your frame. I know, I know. But stick with me. Maybe you’re thrilled that your belly has shrunk, but your booty is looking a little too small. Or perhaps you’ve been so focused ...

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