Gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical weight loss procedure that involves removing a large portion of the stomach, leaving a smaller, sleeve-shaped stomach behind. This limits the amount of food that can be consumed and promotes weight loss. The procedure does not involve rerouting the digestive system, unlike gastric bypass. Gastric sleeve has shown significant success in achieving sustained weight loss and improving obesity-related health conditions. It is a relatively safe and effective option for individuals seeking long-term weight management and improved health outcomes.
Gastric Sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical procedure for weight loss. It involves removing a large portion of the stomach to create a smaller, sleeve-shaped stomach pouch. This reduces the capacity of the stomach, leading to earlier satiety and decreased food intake.
Suitable candidates for Gastric Sleeve surgery are individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35-39.9 with obesity-related health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. It is important to have a thorough evaluation with a bariatric surgeon to determine if Gastric Sleeve surgery is the right option for you.
Gastric Sleeve surgery is typically performed using minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopy. Multiple small incisions are made in the abdomen, through which a laparoscope and surgical instruments are inserted. The surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach, leaving a smaller sleeve-shaped stomach pouch. The remaining stomach is then closed with staples or sutures.
The recovery process after Gastric Sleeve surgery varies for each individual. Most patients spend a day or two in the hospital for monitoring and pain management. After discharge, there will be a transition to a liquid diet, followed by a gradual reintroduction of soft foods and then solid foods. It is important to follow the dietary guidelines provided by the surgeon and attend regular follow-up appointments. Full recovery can take several weeks, and ongoing lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet and regular exercise, are essential for long-term success.
Like any surgical procedure, Gastric Sleeve surgery carries risks and potential complications. These can include infection, bleeding, blood clots, leaks or narrowing at the site of staple line, digestive issues, vitamin deficiencies, and inadequate weight loss. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the surgery with a qualified bariatric surgeon. Following the surgeon’s instructions, attending regular check-ups, and making necessary lifestyle changes can help minimize risks and achieve successful weight loss outcomes.