A gastric sleeve procedure is a type of weight loss surgery for patients who are obese. It results in significant weight loss and also effectively treats some chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. If you’ve wondered whether you’re a good candidate for sleeve gastrectomy, call Strax Rejuvenation in Lauderhill, Florida. The team of highly qualified surgeons have extensive experience performing the procedure and helping patients get started on the road to successful weight loss.
Gastric Sleeve Q & A
What is a gastric sleeve procedure?
A gastric sleeve procedure, also called gastric bypass or a sleeve gastrectomy, is 1 type of weight-loss surgery. There are many types of weight-loss surgery, but gastric bypass is one of the most common because it has fewer complications and it’s very successful.
A sleeve gastrectomy is usually performed as a laparoscopic procedure, which means 5-6 small incisions are made in the abdomen to accommodate the narrow laparoscopic video camera and long, thin surgical instruments. The surgeon removes about 75% of the stomach, leaving a narrow tube, or “sleeve.”
How does a sleeve gastrectomy help you lose weight?
After the stomach is significantly reduced, it can only accommodate a small amount of food. That means you’ll feel full quickly and you’ll continue to feel full for a longer time. The stomach also produces a hormone that tells your brain you’re hungry. With part of the stomach gone, you’ll have less of that hunger hormone circulating in your system. As a result, it’s easier to limit food consumption.
Who is a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery is an option for patients who meet the following criteria:
- Body mass index of 40 or higher, which is extremely obese
- Body mass index is 35 to 39.9 (obese) and you have a weight-related health problem:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Severe sleep apnea
You may qualify for sleeve gastrectomy if your body mass index is 30-34 and you also have serious health problems.
Even if you’re extremely obese, you’ll go through extensive screening to be sure you qualify for gastric bypass surgery. You must also be willing to make permanent lifestyle changes before and after surgery to ensure you’ll be able to maintain weight loss after surgery.
What should you expect after the procedure?
After your sleeve gastrectomy, it’s important to get up and walk as much as possible. Each person’s recovery time is different, but most people are back at full strength in 4-6 weeks.
You’ll have a specific diet following surgery, which begins with fluids, progresses to soft foods, then gradually gets you back to eating regular foods. Your doctor gives you a specific plan to follow.
Most patients lose 40-70% of their body weight in the first year after surgery. Their overall health also improves, as many weight-related health conditions improve. Blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels are all likely to normalize after you have gastric bypass surgery.
*Individual Results May Vary