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The Case for Concurrent Cases - November 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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4 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 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 point- ing in the right direc- tion. 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 dis- tance 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. Gayle Rowland Evans, BSN, MBA, CNOR, CASC | Acworth, Ga. Why I Underwent Sleeve Gastrectomy Here's hoping happy, healthy days lie ahead for me after I lost most of my stomach last month. • 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. Gayle Rowland Evans, BSN, MBA, CNOR, CASC

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