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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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Navigating Social Situations After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Navigating Social Situations After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

It’s a common refrain from my gastric sleeve patients: “I never realized how much of my social life revolved around food and drinks!” Meeting up for post-work cocktails, grabbing a bite to eat before a movie, digging into big family dinners…it’s tough to think of an instance when eating and drinking isn’t at the ...

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Carb Cycling and Gastric Sleeve

Carb Cycling and Gastric Sleeve

I’m a huge fan of low-carb diets after gastric sleeve surgery because the “rules” are simple, and it delivers consistent results. But the best diet is the one you’ll follow. Some of my patients can’t maintain a low-carb way of eating long term; others don’t like the way it makes them feel. Carb cycling, a ...

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Why are my loved ones trying to talk me out of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Why are my loved ones trying to talk me out of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

When you’re thinking about something as life-changing as gastric sleeve surgery, it’s natural to share your plans with loved ones. You hope to get positive reinforcement—and many patients do—but sometimes friends and family pour cold water on your desire for bariatric surgery like VSG. Why? There are a number of reasons, most of which come ...

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Gastric Sleeve Puzzles

Gastric Sleeve Puzzles

Sometimes being a gastric sleeve patient means learning to navigate the world in a whole new way. Snacking and eating in restaurants are everyday things you probably haven’t thought much about in decades, right? Even if you weren’t consuming the “right” foods, you knew what to do. But life with a sleeve means reevaluating how ...

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Will Gastric Sleeve Surgery Endanger Your Relationship?

Will Gastric Sleeve Surgery Endanger Your Relationship?

The decision to undergo gastric sleeve surgery is, by necessity, a selfish one. You’re taking the time, money, and mental energy to focus on yourself and your health—maybe for the first time in your life. And that’s a good thing. But if you’re in a relationship, it’s nearly impossible for a major life change NOT ...

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Documenting Weight Loss After a Gastric Sleeve

Documenting Weight Loss After a Gastric Sleeve

If you’re my patient, you will lose weight after gastric sleeve surgery. And while many people look forward to it, too few consider how they’ll document the process until they’re well into the weight loss journey. Why is it important? For a number of reasons, actually, including the fact that most gastric sleeve patients will ...

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The Best Advice from Gastric Sleeve Veterans

The Best Advice from Gastric Sleeve Veterans

Every week, I offer prospective and current gastric sleeve patients guidance, tips, and information through these blogs. But this week, I’m going straight to the real expects: experienced sleevers who’ve “been there, done that” and have the advice to prove it.

On life after surgery
“The sleeve is still just a tool. Tools don’t work ...

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Preparing Your Body for Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Preparing Your Body for Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Once you’ve made the decision to have gastric sleeve surgery, you’re probably focused on how life will be after. Will you really lose a bunch of weight? How will your life change for the better? (The answers are “yes” and “in too many ways to count,” by the way.) But before all of that ...

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