Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

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Intro To Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

Intro To Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

Rapid and extensive weight loss without exercise or dieting is not a dream anymore! You can achieve this goal simply by undergoing a surgery called sleeve gastrectomy, which has gained noticeable popularity over the past ten years and becomes one of the most performed obesity surgeries in the world. Sleeve gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a weight loss surgery that limits the amount of food that you can eat by removing a large part of your stomach. This is a restrictive surgery, but it doesn’t affect the absorption of nutrients. The demand for gastric sleeves is increasing steadily as more influencers and celebrities choose this option to battle obesity.

Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

Sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve) makes you feel full after eating a small amount of food, which leads to weight loss in the short and long term. Here are more benefits of this surgery:

Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)
  • 1Lose excess weight by about 60-70% within one year of surgery!
  • 2Improve your quality of life and prevent obesity-related disorders, such as diabetes and hypertension.
  • 3Increase your stomach motility and speed up the passage of food through your stomach
  • 4Get a surgical solution that doesn’t involve rerouting organs or implantation of devices
  • 5Provide yourself with an initial step toward gastric bypass surgery
  • 6Enjoy simple and short surgery time and afterward recovery
  • 7Decrease your hunger sensation and appetite for food
  • 8Feel like celebrities, such as Mariah Carey and Kelly Osborne, who had chosen gastric sleeves to battle obesity!

Candidates for Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

To get the best possible outcomes and avoid unwanted complications, it is necessary to find a skilled surgeon or contact a well-known clinic that offers such treatment. Your surgeon may do the following to prepare for the surgery:

 Candidates for Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)
  • 1Request a variety of lab tests to determine whether gastric sleeve surgery is the best option for you.
  • 2Instruct you to stop taking certain medications and nutritional supplements in the weeks or days before surgery.
  • 3Advise you about restrictions on diet. They may also encourage you to lose weight on your own in the months before surgery.
  • 4Advise you to stop smoking for at least one month before the surgery.
  • 5Finally, you will need to stop eating and drinking the night before the surgery.

Steps of Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

Surgeons usually need between 40 and 70 minutes to complete the surgery. They also tend to use a laparoscopic approach, which entails making numerous tiny incisions in your belly to insert a long, thin tube with a small camera and light. The steps of sleeve gastrectomy include:

1. Anesthesia

1. Anesthesia

Your surgeon will put you under general anesthesia to allow you to sleep comfortably during the surgery. They may also connect you to a ventilator to facilitate breathing.

2. Partial Removal of Stomach

2. Partial Removal of Stomach

Next, your surgeon divides your stomach into two unequal parts and starts removing 80% of the outer part of your stomach.

3. Stomach Suturing

3. Stomach Suturing

The remaining 20% of your stomach will be sutured to form a banana-shaped organ.

4. Incision Closure

4. Incision Closure

Finally, your surgeon seals the external incisions and sends you to the recovery room for postoperative care.

Recovery After Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

Often, you can return home after 1-2 nights, but you can start walking after 3-4 hours after surgery. Your recovery may also involve the following:

Recovery After Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)
  • 1Your surgeon will prescribe painkillers, but the pain is usually mild and most patients don’t need to complete the course of medication.
  • 2Mostly, you can get back to work after 2-4 weeks, but you may feel fatigued and tired due to low-calorie intake in the first 2 weeks.
  • 3Your dietitian will provide you with a special diet plan, but usually, you will need to begin eating soft and liquid meals. As weeks go by, you can start eating solid foods, but your meals will be significantly smaller, and you might have to stop drinking with meals.
  • 4Remember always to chew your food fully before swallowing and avoid high-calorie drinks and snacks.
  • 5You can resume your exercise activities after 4 weeks of surgery.
  • 6Your doctor may advise you to take vitamins and other supplements all your life.

Risks of Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

Sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve) is a relatively safe procedure, but it still carries some potential risks and side effects, such as:

Risks of Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)
  • 1Bleeding from the surgical wound
  • 2Blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism
  • 3Gastric leakage
  • 4Stomach stenosis or obstruction
  • 5Irregular heartbeat
  • 6Heartburn or acid reflux
  • 7Vitamin or nutrient deficiency
  • 8Excess skin on the body

You need to meet the following criteria to be a good candidate for this surgery: Very obese or having a BMI of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or higher with at least one medical condition associated with obesity, such as hypertension or diabetes mellitus Tried nonsurgical weight loss methods, but with no success Don’t have a medical condition that might prevent surgery Have stable mental health

It is one of the most successful and popular weight-loss surgeries. The surgeon reduces the size of the stomach to a quarter of its normal size.

– Lose excess weight and getting rid of obesity. – Prevent cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. – Prevent high cholesterol. – Treat infertility due to ovarian cysts. – Support diabetes treatment. – Alleviate joint pain and knee stiffness after losing much weight.

The duration of the surgery is roughly 45 minutes, but you may need to stay one day in the hospital.

– Self-confidence and a feeling of wellness without obesity. – Losing 40% of the original weight. – Maintaining the ideal body weight. – Avoiding complications of obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and bone diseases.

– Eating large amounts of food during the first months after the surgery. – Drinking soft drinks. – Refusal to adhere to a healthy diet and exercise after the surgery to maintain its results. – Refusal to follow up with the doctor.



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