Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Review With Photos and Videos of My Experience

JessicaKY Patient gender: Female Patient age: 33 Location: Pikeville, KY

Before and afters

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Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Review With Photos and Videos of My Experience - review image.
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Review With Photos and Videos of My Experience - review image.
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Review With Photos and Videos of My Experience - review image.
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Review With Photos and Videos of My Experience - review image.

Procedure rating



Performed 2016

Procedure review

I am currently 29 years old. I live in Pikeville Ky. My surgeon was Dr Amy Johnson who is also in Pikeville Ky. I paid 10,500 for the sleeve procedure and around 500 for office fees.

I have struggled with my weight for most my life. I am short, so a few extra pounds were never something I could hide. I have tried it all. Diet pills, fad diets, weight watchers, and I only ever ended up gaining weight.

I consider my adult weight struggles starting when I was 19 and got a desk job. I’ve always had terrible eating habits, and this, combined with the lack of movement, created a disaster. By the time, I was 21 years old, I was 250 pounds and I did every diet known to man. I would lose 5 pounds and then slowly gain it back. By my 28th birthday I was 285 pounds. Around Easter of 2016, I seen a picture of me that changed my life.

I knew I was heavy, but seeing myself put it all into perspective. That same week, I had a family doctor appointment where she told me it was time to start getting serious about my health. I have high blood pressure and diabetes on both sides of my family, and I was borderline for both issues myself. She told me it would only get harder to lose the weight after I turned 30.

So, I started considering weight loss surgery. I wanted countless hours of YouTube Videos. I knew I wanted to have it done as locally as I could-so that I could have care from my surgeon should problems arise. My town is very vocal about its bariatric program so I googled my dr, Amy Johnson, relentlessly. After seeing she had great reviews, I scheduled my first consultation.

Before I even arrived at my first visit, I was called by the medical staff to be informed that my insurance would not cover it so I would be responsible for the entire surgery. I was terrified to spend this kind of money but I went to the first visit just to get more information.

At the first appointment, April 28th, 2016, I seen a nurse, dietician, nurse practioner, and the actual surgeon. They took my weight and asked in depth medical history questions. Since I was self-pay, I didn’t have any forced dietary requirements, but they said the dr will want me to weigh less before surgery than I did that day to show I was serious about losing weight. They suggested a low carb diet of less than 70 carbs a day. I spoke with my surgeon about the surgery I wanted and she stated I was a good candidate for the sleeve.

I went on that low carb diet and a 2-week liquid diet, and on my surgery date August 23rd, 2016 I weighed 255.4. I had lost almost 30 pounds in 4 months. Just knowing I was really going to do the surgery gave me the boost I needed to stay faithful on the low carb diet. I never cheated on my liquid diet. I survived on protein shakes and strained soups for two weeks.

The day of surgery they did the normal testing, pregnancy test, blood work, etc. I was given nerve medication and I barely remember moving from the rolling bed to the operating table. When I woke up, I was in no pain at all but was very nauseated. The dr approved me to have some anti-nausea medication in my IV which knocked me out. I woke up about 4 hours later in my own hospital room. I felt fine at this point. No pain or sickness. Not even much gas pain. I began walking slow laps in the hall way. The nurses commented on how I hadn’t even pushed my pain pump.

I wasn’t allowed anything to drink that first night, but the next day I could slowly sip water. They wanted me to be able to drink a shot glass full every hour. Once I could do that- I was discharged with instructions to stay on clear liquids the rest of the day and begin protein shakes again the day after. Another 2 weeks of a liquid diet lay in front of me.

I will include a listing of how much I weighed at each weekly weigh in at the bottom, so that you can see how much weight I have lost, week by week, for the last 10 months.

It is hands down the best choice I have ever made for myself. I am a different much more capable person now. I have lost 133 pounds so far. Went from dress size 24 to 8. From wearing 2X shirts to wearing small. I am no longer self-conscience on whether I can fit somewhere like rides or booths. I am no longer afraid the stores won’t carry my sizes.  I am no longer out of breath when trying to get from point A to point B. Most importantly, I am no longer on the borderline for any health issues.

Highest weight 285.0

Surgery weight 255.4

Week 1 Post Op-241.4

Week 2 Post Op-238.4

Week 3 Post Op-234.8

Week 4 Post Op-231.6

Week 5 Post Op- 229.0

Week 6 Post Op- 226.4

Week 7 Post Op- 223.0

Week 8 Post Op- 221.4

Week 9 Post Op- 218.0

Week 10 Post Op- 214.4

Week 11 Post Op- 211.0

Week 12 Post Op-207.2

Week 13 Post Op- 204.8

Week 14 Post Op- 202.6

Week 15 Post Op- 198.4

Week 16 Post Op- 198.0

Week 17 Post Op- 194.4

Week 18 Post Op- 192.8

Week 19 Post Op-192.4

Week 20 Post Op- 188.0

Week 21 Post Op- 185.2

Week 22 Post Op- 183.0

Week 23 Post Op- 183.2

Week 24 Post Op- 179.4

Week 25 Post Op- 177.8

Week 26 Post Op- 176.2

Week 27 Post Op- 175.2

Week 28 Post Op- 173.2

Week 29 Post Op- 170.6

Week 30 Post Op- 170.8 (4 days post op Gallbladder surgery)

Week 31 Post Op- 168.2

Week 32 Post Op- 165.0

Week 33 Post Op- 163.2

Week 34 Post Op- Skipped Weigh In

Week 35 Post Op- 160.6

Week 36 Post Op- 159.8

Week 37 Post Op- 158.8

Week 38- Post Op- 157.2

Week 39 Post Op - 153.4

Week 40 Post Op- 154.8

Week 41 Post Op- 152.4

Week 42 Post Op-151.8

Week 43 Post Op-152.8

Week 44 Post Op 151.8

Dr Amy Johnson

Pikeville, KY

Practice & staff rating

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    Amount of time provider spent with you

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