What is gastric sleeve surgery?
Gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy, is a relatively new procedure for weight loss. The gastric sleeve was first designed as part of a staged approach to a conventional gastric bypass in people who had excessively high risks for postoperative complications.
However, it was found to result in significant weight loss in these patients even without the completion of the second stage. Because of these results, gastric sleeve is now a primary bariatric procedure that provides weight loss comparable to that of the gastric bypass.
What happens during gastric sleeve surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. The expert team at Turnquest Surgical Solutions makes five small incisions in your abdomen and removes part of your stomach to make a smaller, narrow pouch, which is the gastric sleeve.
Your surgery lasts about an hour and requires a one-night stay in the hospital. Most patients return to work a week or so after surgery.
Gastric sleeve surgery is nonreversible, which means you should only undergo the procedure after careful consideration and discussion with your bariatric weight-loss team at Turnquest Surgical Solutions.
How does gastric sleeve surgery help me lose weight?
Since your stomach is now much smaller - around the size of a banana – you can satisfy your appetite far more quickly with smaller meals. Like a lap band procedure, the sleeve gastrectomy is designed to help you control the amount you can consume at any one time.
Its advantage over the lap band is that it helps to control appetite and cravings as well, thus increasing compliance and weight loss in comparison to the lap band.
This is because the part of your stomach your surgeon removes is where the hormones come from that stimulate your appetite.
Will my health improve following gastric sleeve surgery?
After your surgery, it’s important that you follow the diet you’re given very carefully. Sweets, bread, and red meat are generally discouraged, as you do need to stick to a healthy eating plan.
Your weight-loss team supports you with help and advice to enable you to lead a healthy, active lifestyle that includes nutritious, low-calorie meals and plenty of exercise.
If you follow their advice, you should be able to maintain your weight at a healthy level after reaching your weight-loss target and regain your health and vitality.
Find out more about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can help you succeed in losing weight by calling Turnquest Surgical Solutions today, or book an appointment online.