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Old 09-13-2011, 11:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sleeve Gastrectomy
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Hi, I've been poring over the net, trying help me decide between VSG (sleeve) and RNY (gastric bypass). I've seen some of the other threads:

http://www.renewedreflections.com/fo...ctomy-vsg.html

http://www.renewedreflections.com/fo...troplasty.html

but I noticed most of the meat of those were from 2007-2009. I was curious what current experience is showing us.

I had my consult on Monday, and the doc was leaning slightly toward sleeve for me, though he essentially said either operation could be quite viable. He talked about many of the benefits in the thread above. he did say that RNY woudl have an advantage of giving me the negative feedback about carb/fat eating which sleeve can't do, and that RNY seemed to be showing slightly better outcomes for diabetics, because there seems to be something with diabetes that the bypass of some of the intestines seems to help, some action of the intestines with diabetes (I have forgotten his description) however he said that with my diabetes (oral meds only with a typical a1c of 5.0-6.0, that either would be likely quite successful.

he did mention that removal of a large part of the stomach seemed to impact decrease in appetite longer term, as the stomach's ability to produce grehlin is just...gone. he said with bypass patients he was seeing a more marked decrease in appetite immediately, but then over time it woudl creep back up, as if the stomach starts to figure out how to get around this issue. Whereas with sleeve, the stomach is mostly gone, so ability to produce grehlin is mostly gone, forever.

Finally, he indicated that the sleeve could be converted to a gastric bypass later, when I've seen most of Doc's references here refer to later switch to DS.

I'm really having a tough time with this decision, and I suppose the psych eval will give the doc some more ammunition as to what to recommend.

I am attracted to the sleeve for simplicity (with 4 kids, a hubby and a full time job, it seems more practical) but I feel the negative consequences of RNY might provide me more incentive to do the right thing. My biggest issue is binge eating on carbs/fats, so that would be impossible post RNY, but slightly possible to still have a "small" binge with sleeve right?
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have no input on the sleeve, but I chose RNY in large part because of the restrictions it would impose on me to keep me straight. Even though I have never dumped, the reduced pouch capacity has been a marvelous help in staying on the strait and narrow.

My wife chose RNY for the same reasons, and she has the added "blessing" of dumping to help her do what's right.

Either one can work. One may give more advantages than the other for your particular needs.

One size does not fit all.

Your mileage may vary.

Good luck - you only get to choose one!

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Sleeve sometimes is used as the first step for DS. However, as your surgeon says, it can be converted to plain ol' RNY, too. Also, if you're worried about the hunger returning due to the remaining stomach, some surgeons take out the remaning stomach, rather than laying it aside, with RNY, so that's an option, too, if your surgeon is game with that idea.
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I had the sleeve...but I'm only 2 weeks out so I can't really share a lot about my experience. I can say that I am never hungry. I can feel my stomach is empty but I don't have the urge to eat. I have times of the day that I eat instead of eating when I get the urge. My biggest reason for choosing the sleeve is the malabsorption part of the RNY. I have huge problems with iron and my doc said the RNY would make those problems worse. From what I've read, dumping aside, in the beginning RNY and Sleeve are similar. You can't eat or drink too fast and you have to eat tiny bits. The first week I was literally licking the broth off the back of the spoon because to slurp or gulp would be painful. I still have to take in tiny amounts or I get air and belch...and that hurts too.

But here is another chat board that I used to get a lot of Sleeve info from people that already had it before I got mine. VerticalSleeveTalk - the #1 Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery forums!
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've had the RNY and my husband is getting ready to have the sleeve. The sleeve wasn't an option when I had the RNY, but I personally would have chosen the RNY for me anyway. I'm a binge eater - fats and carbs, mostly in the evenings when I'm bored. The dumping syndrome definately keeps me from bingeing. I don't know if I would have been able to keep my weight down without it.

My husband was very against having the RNY, I think mostly because of the possibility of dumping. He likes his fried foods and I think he still wants to eat that way, only in smaller quantities. (yea, yea I know, but HE has to be the one to realize that he can't keep eating that way - I'm working on him, *sigh*).

I want to address your last statement "My biggest issue is binge eating on carbs/fats, so that would be impossible post RNY, but slightly possible to still have a "small" binge with sleeve right?"

Not everyone gets the dumping syndrome and those that do may find it greatly reduced the farther out they get - so there's no guarantee that the RNY will keep you from binge eating. At first you can have a small "binge" with the sleeve, but farther out you can have larger binges with the sleeve. And then there's grazing - eating small amounts of food constantly. So in theory, you go go on a day long binge, just eating the wrongs foods in small amounts all day long.

If you get the RNY, and you get the dumping syndrome with it (I believe it's 60% dump - could be wrong) you most likely won't be tempted to graze all day on binge foods. So that's my advice to you, but it's your body and it's a tough choice. Good luck with your journey.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I had the sleeve done 4 weeks ago for the same reasons listed above: I wanted a serious restriction to the quantity I could eat without some of the other side effects like dumping. I don't have any intention to revise this to RNY for any reason...to me, do it and be done with it. I have nutrition class with several RNY'ers who complain a lot about hunger, which I don't necessarily have. I can tell that I need to eat....but if I eat too quickly I suffer the consequence of the gas issues mentioned above. So I suppose so far so good. The only option I didn't consider was the lapband, because at some point that system must be revised, replaced or removed. I hope this helps.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:15 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I must admit to ruling out te RNY because of the smell associated with malabsorption. The charcoal underwear was a step too far for Hubble to handle - I wouldn't have been happy wearing them either !
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Height:
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Start Weight:
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Smell? Charcoal underwear?? Did I miss an important part of the journey somewhere??

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Old 12-02-2011, 12:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Sounds like its not the norm ten
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