My beginning weight was 210lbs. I month postop I lost 20 pounds. The care I received was the best I could have ever asked for and more. I did not experience any pain. Just be mindful to build your blood and take iron before making the journey to avoid delays in your surgery and added cost for transfusions. I wish I had done this a couple of years ago. I encourage anyone struggling with weight to get the sleeve and ladies if you are planning on plastics surgery think sleeve first.