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Flying Solo for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico?

Flying Solo for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico?

Whether it’s because you’re keeping bariatric surgery in Mexico on the down-low or because your spouse has to stay home with the kids, plenty of Endobariatric patients travel by themselves for vertical sleeve gastrectomy. It might sound like a less-than-idea scenario at first, but I want to assure you that it’s really not. Thanks to ...

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Why Did You Really Get Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Why Did You Really Get Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Duh, right? You chose gastric sleeve in Mexico because you were tired of being overweight and wanted to live at a healthy weight—perhaps for the first time ever. While weight loss is the most obvious goal for bariatric patients, the journey is almost always about much more than just nudging the scale downward. And when ...

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Tricks to Keep Things…Moving…After Gastric Sleeve

Tricks to Keep Things…Moving…After Gastric Sleeve

Yep, we’re going there, VSG family. We’re going to the bathroom. Or not going to the bathroom, as the case may be. Constipation is a not-uncommon complaint for vertical sleeve gastrectomy patients, and it hits bariatric populations for a number of reasons. Some of it can be chalked up to your new, lower carb gastric ...

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Surprising Behaviors that Lead to Regain After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Surprising Behaviors that Lead to Regain After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Regaining some of the weight you’ve lost after vertical sleeve gastrectomy can be frustrating. Most of the time, it’s pretty easy to pinpoint where you’re going wrong, especially if you’re regularly diving into a box of cookies or skipping the gym. But there are some not-so-obvious things you’re doing—or not doing—that can impact your long-term ...

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Gastric Sleeve Surgery Patients: Your Protein Source Matters

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Patients: Your Protein Source Matters

Protein shakes seem like an easy way to reach your daily nutrient goals while on a gastric sleeve diet. They’re even necessary sometimes, especially right after you’ve been sleeved, when you’re limited to liquids. But a recent study confirms what I’ve been saying for years: Getting protein from a variety of sources (and not shakes ...

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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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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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