The gastric sleeve procedure reversed my IBS symptoms and greatly reduced my chronic fatigue and hip/knee pain. I highly recommend Dr. Doucette and his team at Alabama Surgical Associates. They warned me of a few things post op that proved to be true. The first thirty days of liquid dieting is tough, hair loss is normal, acid reflux is possible and be sure to take the suggested supplements. My hair severely thinned, but after a year it began to grow back. Acid reflux was mild and only at night while lying down. Two years later, the reflux is completely gone. My starting weight was 235lbs. I lost 80lbs. over one year and have kept it off. I have more energy and love being a clothing size 6 (starting size was 14/16).
My only regret is waiting until age 48 to have the procedure.