Obesity isn’t just about the added pounds; it’s more about the impact it can have on the patient’s overall quality of life and quality of their health. Obesity can lead to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, and a host of health issues.
But once a person has become obese, it’s not as if it’s a walk in the park to simply turn around and lose the weight. For many obese people, more drastic measures are needed, such as restrictive operations like gastric sleeve surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery makes the stomach smaller, helping people lose weight. Gastric sleeve surgery is much less invasive than gastric bypass surgery, so many of our PacificMed Group patients opt for it.
What is a gastric sleeve?
That name is a bit of a misnomer, as there isn’t any “sleeve” applied to the stomach. The gastric sleeve simply refers to the new stomach, after it has been reduced during this surgery. The reduced stomach limits food consumption, as the patients feel full much sooner, and they feel less hungry, as well.
How is a gastric sleeve surgery performed?
Also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, this procedure can help the patient regain control over his or her body and lose large amounts of weight. In the procedure, a large incision is made in the abdomen in an “open procedure.” Or, it may be able to perform the surgery laparoscopically, using small instruments inserted through several small incisions, all guided by an inserted laparoscope (camera).
Once the incision is made, the surgeon removes over one half of the patient’s stomach. This leaves a thin vertical sleeve (hence the surgery name) that is about the size of a banana. Surgical staples are used to close the incisions and form the new stomach. As you would assume due to the removal of part of the stomach, this is not a reversible procedure.
What happens after my gastric sleeve surgery?
You’ll have some belly pain for a week or so after your surgery. You’ll feel full more quickly, but food may also empty into the small intestine too quickly, which can cause diarrhea and make you feel faint, shaky, and nauseated. You’ll need to watch your nutritional intake.
Eating after your procedure
You’ll start with only small amounts of soft foods and liquids while healing. Then you’ll gradually add solid foods back to your diet. You’ll have to carefully chew your food and be sure to stop eating when you feel full. This may be different because you will feel full after eating far less food than you did before. You’ll need to be more cognizant of your nutrition so that you continue to get the protein, vitamins, and minerals you need while you are losing weight. You’ll probably need to supplement your diet with vitamin and mineral supplements for the rest of your life.
Interested in putting an end to your morbid obesity? If you have a body mass index of at least 40, you could qualify for gastric sleeve surgery. Call the team at PacificMed Health Group, 800-555-5551, and we’ll connect you with the specialist you need.