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I had sleeve surgery, 2 years ago October 31st. I was a cash patient and received very little on the post surgery routine/recovery.  I lost 34 pounds and still weigh 230. I have never really implemented the exercise or water in my recovery.
After reading several stories, I understand I have to do those things. Can you stretch out your stomach to the point of not being able to start over without more surgery? I am willing to
drink/eat the protein, water and exercise now that I know, I can't lose without it. I really haven't gained any weight but
can not seem to really get on track with losing. I really want
to know if I am going to be able to start over without more surgery? Thank you!

Hello Pam,

I am writing to apologize to you, for some reason I did not see your question until now - I am not sure what happened and how I missed the notification. I will tell you though it is more related to medical and outside of my area of expertise and I hope you pursued another channel and received an answer. If not please pursue. I will suggest though that you contact your surgeon and don't accept no for an answer - your post surgical follow-up should be included as part of your initial payment.

My area of expertise is in the psychological recovery and I would suggest you seek psychological counseling as there may be some resistance to weight loss hence your lack of compliance with the full program of recovery. Sometimes patients resist due to fear associated with weight loss due to a variety of reasons.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with additional questions and again accept my apology for the long delay in responding.


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Valerie Wood, LCSW


I can answer most questions related to psychological recovery aspect of bariatric surgery.


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with extensive experience in the treatment of eating problems and addiction. I have been active in the recovery community since 1983, and am currently the Senior Clinician at a residential short-term treatment center for addiction, as well as an adjunct faculty member at William Paterson University, Bergen Community College and at Thomas Edison State University. My work on the psychological recovery of eating problems has been published in The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Focus Newsletter, and in Bariatrics Today magazine. I have appeared as guest expert on eating problems on cable television and radio talk shows and have been active in community outreach services, including speaking tours at local high schools. I am currently working on a book which delves into the longing that accompanies the desire for more in our culture and maintain an active blog at

American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, The Obesity Society, The Eating Disorder Association of NJ, National Association of Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers NJ Focus Bariatrics Today Magazine

Master in Social Work (MSW), NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Supervisor

Awards and Honors
Outstanding Service Award - The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood NJ - 2009

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