WLS Contest Time! Win Dr. Alvarez’s Book on VSG and Plication

Don’t you just love a WLS contest? I do! Now you have another chance to win a free copy of Dr. Alvarez‘s new book “Successful Weight Loss With the Gastric Sleeve“!



The book covers these topics:

- What is Obesity

– Treatment Options for Weight Loss

Non-Surgical treatment options for weight loss

Surgical options for weight loss

Vertical Banded Gastroplasty

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Gastric Sleeve Plication

Gastric Sleeve or Sleeve Gastrectomy

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Biliopancreatic Diversion and Duodenal Switch

– The Gastric Sleeve: What is the Procedure?

Which is better: Only stapling the stomach

or stapling and sewing the stomach?

Pre-operative diet for the gastric sleeve

– Postoperative Weight Loss Guide for Gastric Sleeve Patients

Important tips to remember for successful weight loss

11 basic guidelines for success

Vitamins and suplements

General guidelines: Liquids and solids

– Postoperative Phases of Diet Progression

One year after surgery

Head hunger

Concentrated sweets

Foods to avoid

More of carbohydrates

– Exercise and Your Gastric Sleeve

– Common Complaints, Risks, and Complications

– Frequently Asked Questions

– Testimonials


So whether your considering VSG or Plication, or if you’ve already had it, this book is a must read!

To enter just write a comment about what you  like most about VSG or Plication.
You will receive an extra entry for post you do, so if you re-post on a WLS forum, Twitter or Facebook, just let me know.

Good luck everyone!

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67 Responses to WLS Contest Time! Win Dr. Alvarez’s Book on VSG and Plication

  1. I love my VSG because I have restriction with no fills or unfills needed and no device to slip or erode into my stomach. I have a true stomach and not a “pouch”, but no inestinal bypass so there is little (but not zero) malabsorption.

    • Wish I wasn’t dealing with fills/unfills! :-( Actually if wouldn’t be so bad if it worked………but to go through 19 fills/unfills in 15 months and NOT have it working?! Needless to say I am envying your VSG right now, lol!

  2. Waning Woman says:

    ooh! Good luck with your contest!

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  4. Gwen Earnest Howell says:

    I am 10 years post-op vertical banded gastroplasty. In 2001 VBG and RNY were the basic options. Had VSG been available ?????

  5. Snowbaby Sue says:

    The best thing about VSG is that I feel full after eating a small amount of food and stay full for a good while. No chasing down a sweet spot – the restriction is there for life!!!

  6. Lori Berrios says:

    I love my sleeve because it has given me the opportunity to be here for a longer time for my grandchildren. I have now lost almost 70 lbs since my journey began in Sept. 2010 and when my granddaughter asks me this year “grandma, can you come down here on the floor and roll with me?” I will be able to do it. Such love I have for those little people and what lil motivators the 2 of them are. They are my heart <3 Thank you my lil ones for motivating me to be a better person,

  7. Kate says:

    The vsg is the surgery I’ve been waiting for! I’m 2 months post-op and loving my sleeve!

  8. C. Collins says:

    I was sleeved on January 31, 2011 so I am a “newbie”. What I like most about my sleeve is the power it gives me over food. Before food controlled me, with my sleeve it is in control. Already in this short amount of time I have so much less hunger and fill so quickly. My decision to op for VSG was for medical reasons. At 34 I had breast cancer, gained a lot of weight and never able to get it off. At 47, I had developed hypertension, diabetes and elevated cholesterol. It was time to get control and my food issues are bigger than me!!!! I must say this has not been an easy road to date, it has been a very rough road with nausea, diarrhea, weakness, dry heaves and just an overall rough road, but each day it gets better and I see the light at the end of the tunnel. First week if you asked me, I would say no, I wouldn’t have done it again. This week, absolutely yes I would do it again!

  9. Sheila says:

    I love my sleeve! I’m 3+ months post-op and have had zero issues (never has anything come back up the wrong way -even under anethesia in the hospital-) and I’m down -46lbs. The biggest thing I love about my sleeve is zero hunger. It is amazing to feel no hunger. I *wish* everyone WLS patient or not, could feel how easy it is to have control over food when there is no hunger involved. :-)

  10. Danielle says:

    I’m almost 2 months post-op (VSG), and so far I love my sleeve! I love how I no longer feel ravenously hungry all of the time and how such small portions satisfy me. I feel like I am finally eating like a “normal” person and the weight is steadily coming off. It took me an extra year and a half to get this procedure instead of the RNY and I could have been close to goal by now, but I think it was definitely worth the wait. I tolerate all foods so far and I have never gotten sick.

  11. Mili says:

    I had surgery recently (02/01/11) and already feel the success of the sleeve! The control I have over the food intake & choices are truly amazing, I was a band-sleeve revision and I feel so much better without having to deal with the discomfort & Dr-dependency for the band. Not to mention the constant throwing up & food getting stuck (esp even healthy foods like salads & any proteins!) I am looking forward to finally reaching my weightloss goals & resolution of my comorbid health issues with this as time goes by :)

    • So happy for u! I have the CRAP BAND so I completely understand where your coming from! I have had 15 fills and 4 partial unfills in 15 mos. and NO restriction! :-( The Lap Band has been a COMPLETE waste of money for me!

      I would love to be able to afford to revise to VSG now!

      • K says:

        Hi Mili,
        Just wondering how you are doing now with your transition to the sleeve. I will be doing the same thing soon, although my first surgery was a VBG, but it has slipped down. Any information would be great. Hope you are doing well. Thanks K

  12. Maria says:

    I love my sleeve, because it tells me to STOP when I need to! And I have to listen to it. :D
    And the fact that I haven’t done anything too drastic to my body. I truly belive this to be the best WLS.

  13. Jae says:

    I’ve been doing a lot of research on wight loss surgery, and I am considering VSG. Out of all the WLS available, it is the one that has stood out to me. I know someone who has done very well with the procedure so I thought it may benefit me. I have just attended a seminar on the surgery and I’m excited to have set up a meeting to speak with the surgeon.

  14. mary says:

    Surgery in less than 2 weeks, hoping the skinny girls that has been hiding inside of me for the last 30 years makes an appearance! Can’t wait, I am going to feel great and look better for myself

  15. sherri chatman says:

    I get my vsg on 3/23 and I cant wait to get it done.

  16. Tina Wilson says:

    I had my surgery as my Christmas gift to myself-I couldn’t be happier! I would absolutely do it all over again and never look back!!!

  17. Penny says:

    I am pre-op and hoping to get the VSG. I like that you can take NSAIDS unlike with the RNY.

  18. Wanda McNeese says:

    As someone almost a year out and nearing maintenance, this book would be very helpful. We cannot let ourselves forget where we started, and cannot let ourselves slip back into old habits. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Dr. Alvarez. Before I found my KC surgeon for $11,999, Dr. Alvarez was my choice. Now if he could figure out how to operate to change the way we think about food, I will be first in line!

  19. Cassandra Gordon says:

    I will be having my RNY on March 29 , I can’t wait!!!

  20. Mrs. C says:

    Hey Maria!

    I am new to the world of blogging but what gets me excited about the VSG is that it’s restriction first with little to no malabsorption. I NEED restriction…I need the help it will provide me with. I’m not a sweet or savory gal…I’m a volume gal! Anyway, just won my VSG appeal and looking forward to life after the sleeve! Thanks for sharing your great blog – look forward to reading more!

  21. Coley says:

    I love VSG because I it has helped my number one issue – binging. I can still eat healthfully and get in all my much needed vitamins and nutrients!

  22. Karey Smith says:

    I’m pre-op. I like that the VSG doesn’t rely on malabsorption. I’m only 35 so who knows what issues that might bring years down the road. Plus I can still take NSAIDs because I have a back injury from a car accident and heel spurs. I also posted this on twitter under kareyanne.

  23. ALISON LAVERTY says:

    I hoping to have my sleeve by the end of March 2011. All the research I have completed so far has convinced me that the sleeve is the right way to go for me. I Know of people in Australia that have “cheated” the band and I do not fancy having to have needles to adjust. I want a smaller stomach that tells me I am full and that is it. At the moment I just watch jealously all the people on the OH forum who have theirs and can’t wait for mine. I find out in two days if I have the funding. Wish me luck.

  24. Ms Shell says:

    I LOVE my VSG because it gave me what I wanted…restriction, set it and forget it.

  25. Johari22 says:

    I know that the VSG is right for me. I have been researching this for more than five years , but didn’t have the insurance that would cover the procedure. Now, I’m waiting for my date and my doctor’s office submitted my paperwork on Friday, yeah! Looking forward to another journey.

  26. Christina says:

    I just recently had my sleeve, 08 Feb 2011. I know that it will give me back my life. I will no longer be a prisoner of my body. I know this was the best choice for me. I will be wondering why I waited so long, once the weight starts coming off. For now I face each day as it comes, tomorrow will be there tomorrow I am living for today.

    posted on twitter under lv2scrb

  27. D.B. says:

    I love my vsg because I eat so little. I LOVE it!

  28. Lynn B says:

    At 6 moths post op Band to VSG revision my favorite part is eating like a normal person – no more PBing!!

  29. Lynn B says:

    Facebooked you my dear!

  30. Cathy Collins says:

    My favorite part of my sleeve is major reduction in hunger, seldom hungry and when I eat I am satisfied so quickly. This is one of the hardest yet greatest things I have ever done!

  31. Holly Middleton says:

    I love the VSG because it gave me a second chance at life. I was sleeved in October 2009 and went from a size 22 to a size 10. I finally have confidence in myself and am at a healthy BMI. Thanks Dr. Alvarez and staff!

  32. Ashley says:

    What I like about the VSG instead of the other surgeries is there are no fills, slippage, erosion, not having my intestines “rearanged” hopefully not having any “dumping syndrome” being able to basicly live a normal life, being able to lose the weight I need too, too not have my back pain and knee pain anymore, to live my life at the fullest!

    Note: I have not had the VGS YET, but Im in the process of it :)

  33. Ashley hope all goes well with your surgery!

  34. Myra says:

    I had the VSG with Dr. Alvarez 15 months ago and I have lost 100+ lbs. I still have 100 to lose to be where I want to be. I would love to have this book to get me back to the basics. I love Dr. Alvarez and my VSG. Love your blog too, Maria, keep up the good work.

  35. debra says:

    Today marks 11 months since my VSG surgery…. why do I love my sleeve? 160 pounds melted away todate…but its more then that… the surgery saved then changed my life. Everyone who “knew” me when, remarks how much I smile now… at 50 years young I am starting to live the life I wanted. One filled with passion, and adventure…One of health and movement…I still have about 90 pounds to go (or so… actually not focusing so much on the number as just being happy with where I am at any given point). I chose VSG because I could not wrap my mind around the malabsorption aspects of RNY…My goal in doing this was to be “normal” eventually, and I just did not see that happening with the RNY or the gastric band.

  36. K says:

    hello .. new to blogging…. but I am going in for a revision in 2 weeks. Had the VBG vertical banding 4 years ago and lost inital 60 pounds in a 7 months but then something changed and i could not lose another pound…. many tests and time .. and they say my band must have slipped down. I have gained about 10 pounds, but still feel the restriction. Anyway.. denied, and finally approved for VSG. Wondering if there is anyone out there that has had banding and then the sleeve and what the results are. I am a bit nervous about doing it again but still have another 80 pounds to lose! I am hoping for better results and moving forward. Any information would be apprciated. thank you :)

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