Gastric Sleeve Surgery

We all know obesity is an epidemic that is only getting worse in recent years but did you know that if you have a BMI greater than 30, you have a 50 to 100 percent increased risk of premature death? Your chances of developing obesity-related diseases and conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer also go up when you are obese. The diseases caused or associated with obesity are also known as co-morbidities. Because of these co-morbidities, it is sometimes harder or impossible for you to lose the weight you need. Thankfully, Bariatric surgeries like gastric bypass, lap-band surgery, and gastric sleeve surgery have been shown to be the most effectivgastric sleeve surgerye and long lasting weight loss surgeries. These surgeries can help symptoms of morbid obesity and even cure you of its many related conditions. If you adapt your lifestyle correctly pre and post surgery, you can achieve significant weight loss.

In the United States, gastric sleeve surgery now makes up over 60% of all weight loss surgery procedures performed.  In the United States, about 200,000 adults have metabolic/bariatric surgery each year.

What Are The Risks?

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reported notable improvements in the safety of bariatric surgery. This improvement is due to improved laparoscopic (less invasive) techniques. Your risk of death is about 0.1 percent, and the overall likelihood of major complications is about 4 percent.

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric surgery works by removing a large portion of the stomach, leaving a banana-shaped “sleeve” that connects the esophagus to the small intestines.

On average, you have a chance of losing between 64% and 75% of your excess weight.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery 

Post-Op Expectations

You need to pay careful attention to your surgeon’s instructions, which will include a special diet to let your stomach heal properly. You’re also likely to face challenges while your body gets used to the changes caused by gastric sleeve surgery. You will also need to develop permanent long term habits to help you accomplish your weight loss goals. Accomplishing it alone is not possible; you will need the support and help of your friends, family, and weight loss surgery team. If you utilize the nutritional consultation services and group exercise programs recommended to you by health professionals, you can lose lots of weight and be healthy again. If you let your post surgery habits slip back in you are more likely to experience post surgery problems. For example, most patients with gastric sleeve surgery who also have diabetes experience a complete remission after surgery. These total recoveries can be possible for you if you prepare significantly and realize that you are what you eat. The proper eating habits are the difference between your surgery resulting in success or failure.

Ultimately, you will need to weigh the risks and complications of gastric sleeve surgery against the possible benefits it will have for you. Comparing it to other weight loss surgeries is important. You can ask your physician to help you compare all the possible treatments with your specific needs. Most of all, you should be willing to change permanently your eating habits that are damaging to your weight loss goals.


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