So, on the ObesityHelp.com forums people talk a lot about the bougie size that their surgeon uses during a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) and there is often debate about whether or not this size matters and has an effect on weight loss. I never asked my surgeon what size bougie he was going to use, because honestly I didn’t really want to know beforehand. I was comfortable with my surgeon, the hospital, and the weight management clinic and I trusted that they would do a good job. I do not have any other options in the area for VSG surgery that would be covered by my insurance and there is not way that I could self pay. With that being said, I was looking through my medical records online and found the notes from surgery (had no idea they were online) and was surprised, yet not surprised about what I found.
I have suspected from Day 1 that my sleeve was a larger size and to be honest, it’s because everything seemed to be a bit too “easy” in a sense. A lot of people have trouble drinking water, protein shakes, eating soft foods, etc. after surgery and those difficulties can sometimes persist for awhile after surgery. I felt so happy and blessed that my recovery was easier and that I didn’t have any of these problems (I still do). As some time passed, I started to wonder though why I wasn’t having as much trouble and it made me wonder if the surgeon made a larger sleeve.
Well, I stumbled upon the notes from my surgery today and saw that the surgeon used a 40f sleeve and does not oversew so it might not be super tight either? Who knows! One thing I do know is that I’m perfectly capable of getting to goal, even if my sleeve is a bit bigger than others. Only time will tell how much of a difference it will make… but I’ve been at this for awhile now and I’m not letting anything stop me! I just thought it was interesting that my suspicions were indeed correct and the bougie used was larger than a lot of other VSGers on the forums.