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Why Gastric Sleeve surgery is selected over other types of weight loss surgeries?

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

A gastric sleeve surgery is one of the surgical methods for assisting in weight loss in people who have tried other non-surgical weight loss methods unsuccessfully. This is a restrictive procedure for weight loss that aims to decrease the size of the stomach so that the person feels full with a lesser amount of food intake, which results in lesser calories being formed and an eventual steady decrease in weight.

Who needs Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

A gastric sleeve surgery needs to be performed in severely obese people who have not been able to attain loss in weight through other methods such as dieting, medicines or exercise. This surgery is recommended for people with a BMI of 40 or higher or around 35 with other life-threatening complications arising because of it.

How successful is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Research has proven that people who undergo a gastric sleeve surgery lose more than half their weight on an average. The rate of successful result is higher for people who follow the post-surgery guidelines set by the doctor/surgeon, regarding dietary and lifestyle changes.

Gastric sleeve surgery provides long-term weight loss and the amount of weight the person will lose depends on the lifestyle changes and the post-surgery precautions that they follow.

Apart from weight loss a Gastric sleeve surgery also improves or resolves certain other complications relating to obesity in a person, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Severe sleep apnea
  • Stroke

Besides improving your overall health a gastric sleeve surgery also helps to improve you daily activities ability by making you more active and improves your quality of life as well.

Gastric Sleeve surgery procedure

A gastric sleeve surgery procedure is a ‘restrictive’ type of weight loss surgical method which works through making the stomach smaller and assists in losing weight due to restriction of diet intake.

The surgery can be performed using a conventional ‘open-type’ surgery or it can be performed through a minimally invasive surgical method using a laparoscope.

The surgical procedure requires administrating general anesthesia to the patient. The surgeon will ideally make an incision along the abdomen for a conventional method, or make a series of very small incisions to insert the laparoscope which is a thin and flexible surgical tube that has a video camera and light attached to one end while the other tubes have tiny surgical instruments attached to them that are required to perform the surgery.

The surgeon will remove more than half of the stomach and leave a thinner vertical sleeve about the size of a banana. Surgical staples are used to keep the new shape of the stomach. As a major portion of the stomach is removed this becomes an irreversible type of surgery.

This surgery is, at times, used in combination with a number of weight loss procedures and is done in various steps.

Post Gastric Sleeve surgery

You might experience slight discomfort and pain in the abdomen and the doctor will prescribe painkillers for the first few weeks to relieve the abdominal pain. The incision also tends to be sore and tender for a few days.

After the surgery you might feel full even after eating lesser amount of food as compared to earlier. The food may be passed on to the small intestine for digestion more quickly as well. This is called the ‘dumping syndrome’ and may result in diarrhea and make you feel nauseated, dizzy and faint. It may also make it difficult for the body to absorb nutrition from the food.

The doctor will advise you regarding the type of diet as well as the amount of food per meal that you should have ideally in order to promote weight loss in a significant manner. For the first month the doctor will usually suggest you a diet consisting of soft food and liquids to allow your stomach to get accustomed to normal diet contents. There might be certain irregularities with your bowel movements after the surgery. It is important to eat smaller morsels and chew the morsels thoroughly in order to facilitate better digestion.

Why Gastric Sleeve is selected over other types of weight loss surgeries?

Gastric sleeve surgery has become the most popular weight loss procedure in recent times and makes up for almost 60% of all weight loss surgical procedures around the world. The main reason for this gain in popularity is the lesser number of complications associated with it as well as the success rate of this surgery for assisting in weight loss.

These are several reasons as to why a gastric sleeve surgery might be more advantageous for you as compared to other weight loss surgical procedures:

  • Digestive system is not rearranged, as is done in a duodenal switch, mini gastric bypass or gastric bypass surgery.
  • This is a restrictive type of surgery unlike other procedures.
  • There is less risk of vitamin deficiency and malnutrition.
  • This surgery does not cause any other side effect apart from possible ‘dumping syndrome’ as seen in the ‘malabsorptive’ type of weight loss surgical procedures.
  • There is no long-term risk of GERD (gastro-esophageal reflex disease) as compared to other restrictive procedures.
  • Gastric sleeve surgery is used as a corrective procedure for a failed lap band surgery.
  • There are significantly less hormones that may cause feeling of constant hunger after gastric sleeve surgery.

Research has proven that a gastric sleeve surgery is more advantageous as compared to other weight loss surgical methods considering factors such as:

Weight lossThe rate of weight loss on an average after a gastric sleeve surgery is on par, or even better, than a lap band surgery.

Short-term riskThe short-term overall risks in a gastric sleeve surgery is slightly higher than that in lap band surgery however it is considerably lower as compared to a duodenal switch procedure.

Long-term riskThe average long-term risks in a gastric sleeve procedure is comparatively lower than that in all other weight loss surgical methods.

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