Archive November 2018 XIX, No. 11

Why I Underwent Sleeve Gastrectomy

Here's hoping happy, healthy days lie ahead for me after I lost most of my stomach last month.

Gayle Evans, RN, MBA, CNOR, CASC

BIO

IS THAT ALL THERE IS?
Gayle Rowland Evans, BSN, MBA, CNOR, CASC
IS THAT ALL THERE IS?Most gastrectomy patients are able to comfortably eat a wide variety of foods, including meats and fibrous vegetables, but it's a liquid-only diet for the first few post-op days.

I lost about 80% of my stomach last month and I don’t miss it one bit. Or one bite. Yes, thanks to sleeve gastrectomy, my stomach is a lot smaller. Soon, I hope I will be, too. Five days after undergoing the robotic procedure, I’ve already lost 10 pounds. I’ve got a long way to go, but the scale’s needle is pointing in the right direction.

In 6 to 8 months, I hope to lose 100 to 125 pounds. I hope to get off my diabetes and blood pressure meds. And I hope to be able to run across my front yard, all 20 of the longest yards of it. Running such a short distance might seem trivial to you, but it’s long been an impossibly long distance for this 61-year-old, 302-pound, stress eating lifetime Weight Watchers member. To move across the grass with ease would be the greatest gift of all.

Many of you might recognize me from my speaking and writing on the business of outpatient surgery. After serving as the assistant director of surgery at a 12-room Level 2 trauma center operating room, I launched a surgery center consulting firm in the greater Atlanta area, helping surgeons develop and manage surgery centers for the last 21 years.

But I’ve been trapped in an unhealthy body that’s made me unhappy because it’s keeping me from doing the things I love, like gardening, going on medical mission trips and just being around people. I want to shed the pounds and the stigma of the over-sized. I want to feel good and I want to feel good about me. I want to rid my body of Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. I want to smile when nobody’s watching.

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