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  • Name: Shauna B
  • Age: 52
  • Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
  • Surgery date: March 3rd, 2015
  • Testimonial date: February 16th, 2016
  • Surgeon: Dr. Mario Almanza
I am 2 weeks short of celebrating my one year gastric sleeve anniversary! I am down 65 pounds and am at a normal bmi for the first time since grade school! And I have been maintaining that with ease for at least 6 months! I have been a yoyo dieter all my life and I needed to get off that roller coaster! I remember the fear and excitement before surgery like it was yesterday. It was a huge life changing decision and we were going to Mexico for it! What helped my decision was I knew 3 other nurses that went to Dr Almanza and all had great outcomes. I also am an RN in Canada so truthfully I was a bit unnerved with some of the assembly line feel I had while there. But like some say it's " a well oiled machine" and Dr Almanza's team is extremely experienced! I did a lot of research and read some scary things on line but in the end I can say I would absolutely do it all over again! First few days were the hardest as just sipping water was difficult but so important to stay hydrated. Those first couple months going through the stages of liquids, then pur ed then soft foods was really not difficult at all. Followed the guidelines and always got my limits of protein and fluids in as directed. Also did lots of reading in the gastric sleeve forums where I learned a lot! I still try to eat protein first and get my water in. No grazing but eat 3 small meals and a couple snacks a day. I want to be healthy so for the most part make healthy choices but still enjoy my food! I Have an appetite but am satisfied with small amounts of whatever I want! Life is great! I feel normal and can and want to do so much more now! Have not been on blood pressure meds since the surgery and my knees are at least 80% better enabling me to get down and play on the floor with my little grandchildren! Like many have said before me...Best Decision Ever!
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