Gastric Sleeve - Is it Safe? Loseweightveryfast.com will reveal the hidden truth
D: Welcome to loseweightveryfast.com. Today we have another guest, Eric Glass and we will be discussing a very interesting weight loss procedure which I’d love to explain to my audience with your help Eric as you have been through it and I’m just kind of excited to just hear your perspective and what’s your thoughts on this and we are going to go ahead and every few weeks we are going to do a video and follow up with you just to show the weight lost and the results of your surgery so....
So welcome Eric Glass who is going to talk about the gastric sleeve he received about 7 days ago, Eric.
EG: Hey I’m Eric Glass, I’m 40 years old. I currently reside in the Aventura, Florida so a lot of people think, why go through such drastic measures to lose weight. I’m actually 100% healthy, before going through all of this I had to have a lot of blood work and stuff done. Everything is healthy, I’m very, very healthy but I’m 40 years old and what is life going to be like in the next 40 years, you know. I don’t want to be just sustaining a life at the age of 70. I want to be active, I want to be a participant of life, not just waking up, sleeping, waking up, eating, sleeping so the real reason I’m doing this is because both my dad died and my dad’s dad have passed away. Both at a relatively young age; my dad died last year at 68 years old, he was also overweight. That was partially the reason he passed away but not the exact reason and my grandfather also died at 71 from stroke, heart attack also for being overweight. I, myself personally have learned to diet and exercise and have actually lost 140 pounds on my own, just to gain all the weight back to the point where just before the surgery I weighed 387 pounds.
D: And that leads to my next question; I know that you, going into surgery last week you weighed 387. How much in the last 7 days have you lost , approximately?
EG: The first week I lost 20 pounds. I think a lot of that is expected, it’s a lot of water, it’s a lot of bloat. Anybody who is really excessively overweight, loses the first bulk of that weight is going to come off fast because there’s a lot of it to remove. I chose this because, I’m a definition of an over eater. I know how to eat healthy, I can eat healthy but if you put me in front of nachos or chicken wings or whatever. It doesn’t matter how much is there, I’m going to eat all of it. I don’t care. I may be full but I’ll just continue eating and that has led to; you don’t get to be this big if you can’t put away some food and I can definitely put away food.
D: Now how much weight do you expect to lose? Or would you like to lose over the next say year?
EG: I would like to lose 150 pounds total that should put me at about 240 pounds. Maybe that seems like a little heavy. I’m 6 ft 3, 225 I think ultimately it would be a really good look for me. I would be nice and statuary. I’m a big guy, I like to have that still big guy thing. I’m not looking just to be thin, but to be in shape, be healthy.
- But you’re a big boned guy like me so...
EG: Right, right, but I want to be healthy, my goal is to be healthy so by having the surgery, my decision was to have a longer life, to have a more active life in my later years, not stuck in a wheelchair or hip problems or knew problems or back problems due to my weight or even have diabetes or health problems that I don’t currently have. So I decided to have the gastric sleeve, which basically made my stomach the size of a banana. I can only eat very small amounts at a time and this helps control the over eating. I can’t do it, my body won’t allow me to do it and certain foods would just make me sick. There are people who do gain their weight back, so I really need to use this as a tool to learn to have a healthier lifestyle. It’s not so much about dieting but learning to eat the proper foods, making healthier choices and making proper decisions not just getting a surgery and think it’s a cure.
D: Now Eric, let me ask you this, tell the audience, those people that might be interested in doing the surgery, what they should expect from the time leading up to the surgery and right after the surgery, how will they feel? What should they expect?
EG: Okay, well I am still new into it, but leading up to the surgery; I paid for the surgery, there was no insurance so a little bit less of a jump through, but if you are going through the insurance, you have to be approved. So you have got to go to your doctor; you have to have a medical condition, so being obese or overweight is one thing, but if you don’t really have any medical condition it makes it harder for some of these insurance companies to medically pass you into this so you have to go to your Doctor, you have to have blood work, there has to be a psychotherapist. They want to make sure that you are doing it for the right reason, that you understand that this is a permanent change. There is no going back. I made a permanent decision. So it’s not a decision I made lightly, so they want to make sure that you’re doing it for the right reason and you understand that “hey, this is going to be your life now”. That was a tough decision for me but once again, I weighed the pros and cons and I spent 40 years eating the junkiest junk food and whatever and this is the result. So if I have to spend the next 40 years being active and healthy then that was the price I was willing to pay.
D: How much did you pay for your surgery?
EG: The surgery itself was $10,600 and then there was like a little extra insurance that I purchased through the Doctor that covered what the insurance companies wouldn’t cover which is, if there is any leakage or any pop- up problems within the next year. So I’m covered from now until next year and that brought the total price to $11,885.
D: And what have you been eating the last week, since the surgery?
EG: So I woke up out of surgery and you know I think everybody’s experience will be a bit different from me. I think I was very unique; I was standing almost immediately. They want you up and walking around. I had the catheter removed and I was walking around. You know I had some swelling in my abdomen, mainly because they.....here let me show you, you can see the five scars (D: I see it) on my stomach, so basically what they do is they inflate my whole stomach like this size, like a beach ball and inside each incision site is trocart with lights and cameras and the doctors equipment into my stomach. So there’s a lot of burping, a lot of farting, a lot of gas leaving the body; it's very uncomfortable. Now a week after the surgery, I now finally don't have the uncomfortable gas like feeling in my stomach. Other than that I don't have a lot of pain. I haven’t needed to take the pain medication since I left the hospital and obviously very healthy and in good spirits. Happy to be down twenty pounds, yeah, I mean....
D: So how soon can you start working out again?
EG: Within two months, they want to make sure the sutures on the stomach are good to go; that I’m not going to be able to lift something and burst a hole in my stomach, so make sure I’m healthy. It really takes about six months going to the doctor for everything to be completely healed. I will eventually be able to eat a lot of the things that I ate before. I just won’t be able to consume them in the quantities that allowed me to before. I will tell you that I’m no longer allowed to drink anything carbonated, because the carbonation will expand my stomach. It will cause discomfort and many other things. Other things I’ve noticed if I start to eat too much...
D: And you can’t drink beer, didn’t you say you couldn’t drink beer?
EG: If it’s carbonated. I drink carbonated beverages as long as I make them flat. It’s not because of what’s in there it’s because of the fizziness and I don’t have the room in my stomach anymore. You know consuming the protein is the most important part of my daily routine, because I can only fit so much in at a time, my body needs protein to sustain itself and so every day I'm learning new techniques, which I will go over with everybody as I learn something new, you will learn it as well. Like I learned something that I just did the other day that was delicious; it could also be a great recipe for a tailgate. So I took cooked ground chicken and Ricotta cheese and puree it in a blender with garlic and basil and then I heated it up in the microwave and it was like a dip, like a smooth dip ( D: oh that sounds awesome) because right now I can eat only smooth, mushy food. It was delicious, but I’m thinking this would be great with some chips. Now I can't eat that yet, but some of you out there that can eat more than I can, that might be a good option.
D: I will definitely post that on the website and again we're going to go ahead and keep track of you; every few weeks you're going to do a selfie and show our audience your transition
EG: Wait I’ll take off my shirt, so you can see...
D: I have got to tell you that I already noticed weight loss already.
EG: I will tell you that these pants before the surgery, I could barely button them
D: So what size are you right now? Size 42.
EG: I don’t know, I mean I can afford to get in a jeans stretch but I don’t know my real waist size, it’s big, how about that.
D: Well this is one weird looking guy, but a guy in transition; you’re going to be great, you’re going to look great.
EG: I am the guy in transition and if you have any questions at all, please email us.
D: Or just post a response on my blog.
EG: If you post a response or email also on the website (D: Of course) I would be more than happy to answer anybody’s questions about the surgery, what I'm doing now, how I’m progressing and how I can possibly help anybody else whose thinking about it or going through the procedure themselves.
D: That is awesome! Eric thank you so much for being a guest on (EG: My pleasure) loseweightveryfast.com
EG: Thanks for having me. I look forward to doing it more.
D: Absolutely, absolutely and thank you audience for listening and standby with more really good content from Eric here at loseweightveryfast.com.