A gastric sleeve surgery is a bariatric surgery used for major weight loss in people who are unable to lose their excess weight through diet and exercise alone. This is a newer procedure that many people love because it does not come with some of the downsides associated with other bariatric surgeries, such as the lap band. For example, the gastric sleeve surgery does not require the regular maintenance that the lap band requires, nor does it present so much potential for complications during surgery and recovery.
The gastric sleeve surgery was first begun several years ago when surgeons realized that their patients could experience similar or better benefits from this smaller procedure rather than having to go through two procedures. If you are overweight and have a BMI of over 40, this surgery may be right for you.
During the gastric sleeve surgery, your surgeon will use very small incisions to remove part of your stomach. This is performed laparoscopically to decrease your recovery time and scarring. After much of the stomach tissue is removed, the rest of the stomach tissues are sutured together to create a small, narrow sleeve. This entire gastric sleeve surgery process usually takes less than an hour.
Because the stomach is so small, you will not be able to eat as much as you once did. In fact, your daily diet will have to change forever. Initially, you will only be able to take clear liquids. However, you will quickly be able to switch to all liquids and pureed foods. Once you are allowed to switch to solid foods, you will have to learn to eat very slowly and small portions.
Gastric sleeve surgery can be incredibly beneficial as long as you follow your surgeon’s instructions post-surgery. A majority of patients see a great deal of weight loss. Of course, other physical benefits quickly follow as one’s risk of chronic disease decreases. Many patients see a decrease in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. You can expect to lose around two-thirds of your extra body weight with this procedure alone and will be more motivated to eat healthy foods and maintain an adequate fitness regimen.
Choosing a gastric sleeve surgery is a great decision that you can make in conjunction with your practitioner. If you are morbidly obese and unable to lose enough weight through diet and exercise alone, come in to see if this could be the solution for you. Schedule your consultation today when you contact us at New Life Surgical Associates in Jacksonville, FL!