Are You a Candidate For Gastric Sleeve?
Have you not responded to diet, medicines, or exercise? Are you severely overweight? Perhaps it’s time to consider talking a Bariatric Surgeon. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or experiencing a life-threatening complication of being overweight, a Gastric Sleeve procedure may be your solution.
What is a Gastric Sleeve?
A gastric sleeve is a restrictive type of surgery in which the stomach is made smaller to help people lose weight. By making the stomach smaller when you eat you will have the sensation of being full with less food; this doesn’t mean that serious changes to a diet will have to be made for the rest of your life which means smaller portions and possibly different foods or even avoiding particular types of foods.
The surgery begins with your bariatric surgeon making several small incisions in the stomach when using a laparoscopic approach. Then half of the stomach is removed. The portion that is left of your stomach will be a small type sleeve about the size of a banana. The doctor will then suture the stomach closed. It’s important to note that this procedure is non-reversible.
What To Expect After Gastric Sleeve Surgery
It’s important to note that this procedure is not a “quick fix” and that the surgery is simply a tool to help achieve a healthier life. Immediately after your procedure, your surgeon will prescribe pain medications to relieve your soreness and tenderness. There is the possibility of food entering the intestinal track too quickly which can cause complications with nutrition absorption, diarrhea or make you feel faint, nauseated or shaky. These complications are known as dumping syndrome. Your surgeon and staff will work with you to educate you on what to eat after surgery, such as for the first month they will recommend liquids and soft foods during the remainder of the healing process. It will be important once your surgeon says solid foods can be introduced that all food is chewed completely and thoroughly and to stop eating the moment you feel full. If this is not done, it can lead to problems of discomfort.
After your procedure, it is a good idea to find a dietitian to create a new meal plan to ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs. Often with this type of procedure, it is recommended that you take supplements, which will be the case for the rest of your life. In addition to a dietitian, you will want to enlist a new exercise routine that can aid in your weight loss process and help you maintain the new you!
Things To Ask Your Doctor
Which weight loss surgery is best for me?
How long is the recovery time?
What type of diet changes will I need to make?
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