Excess body weight can do more than affect your appearance and your self-perception
It can also severely limit your quality of life and may cause you serious health concerns such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. While healthy diet and exercise may allow you to shed extra pounds, many patients require additional help in order to accomplish their weight loss goals.
The gastric sleeve surgery (also known as sleeve gastrectomy) can help you regain control over your body, lose extra pounds, and achieve a more slender figure. This restrictive procedure reduces the size of your stomach, limiting your consumption of food and delivering effective weight loss results.
Everyone knows that an active lifestyle is the best and healthiest way to lose weight. In spite of this conventional wisdom, however, exercise and nutrition counseling sometimes fail to do the trick, necessitating more radical weight loss interventions. The gastric sleeve surgery will effectively limit the amount of food you consume by reducing the size of your stomach. Following the procedure, most patients report feeling less hungry and being able to feel full sooner after eating. As a result, they are able to lose a significant amount of weight, improve their health, enhance the overall quality of life, and increase their longevity.
Compared to gastric bypass surgery, the gastric sleeve surgery is significantly less invasive because it does not involve reconnecting the intestines. Furthermore, unlike the Lap-Band surgery, it does not necessitate placing a banding device around the upper stomach. For this reason its successful outcome will not depend on the patient’s capacity to tolerate foreign objects implanted in the body.
IS THE PROCEDURE RIGHT FOR YOU?
The gastric sleeve surgery is reserved for highly obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40. The procedure may also be suitable for patients with a BMI of at least 35 who have one or more co-morbidity, a condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes that commonly accompanies obesity. In addition, you must not be pregnant at the time of the surgery. Patients who undergo the gastric sleeve procedure should be prepared to adopt healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes to maintain their ideal weight after the surgery.
SCHEDULING A CONSULTATION
Scheduling a consultation is a crucial first step in undergoing a weight loss procedure. The gastric sleeve surgery may be the right choice for some patients, but not ideally-suited for others. It is particularly recommended to those overweight patients who have attempted to lose weight by means of dieting without satisfactory results.
During the consultation, your physician will carefully assess your needs and determine whether the gastric sleeve surgery can be beneficial for you. Our specialists are known to dedicate a substantial amount of time to an in-person examination and building a close personal rapport
With patients prior to performing the procedure. They also go over every step involved in this treatment to make sure that you understand what to expect from the procedure.
Keeping in mind that it is crucial to be fully honest during the consultation, you and your physician must always discuss any prior medical conditions or drug allergies. Such a careful and personalized approach to preparing patients for the procedure invariably pays off as it allows our physicians to avoid miscommunication.
Patients are strongly advised to follow strict pre-op diet for two weeks prior to the gastric sleeve surgery. This diet is designed to decrease your carbohydrate consumption, increase you protein consumption, and reduce sugars.
In the course of gastric sleeve surgery, the surgeon will remove 75-80% of your stomach, leaving a banana-shaped sleeve that connects the esophagus to the small intestines. The surgery is performed as a laparoscopic procedure and takes up to two hours to complete. Your surgeon will not remove or bypass any intestines during the procedure, making the gastric sleeve surgery significantly safer than the gastric bypass surgery.
The recovery process usually requires the patient to stay in the hospital for 2 or 3 days after the surgery. As soon as you are able to get up, the physician will ask you to walk around as much as possible to decrease the risk of blood clots and speed up the healing process. During your hospital stay, you will be asked to drink plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration.
Most patients are able to resume normal activities within two weeks. Full surgical recovery generally takes place within three weeks. That being said, you should refrain from lifting heavy weights for one or two months after the procedure. During this period, our surgeons and staff will follow up to ensure that you are going through a smooth recovery.
The gastric sleeve surgery involves considerably less risk than gastric bypass surgery. Potential complications during the surgery are rare and may include perforation of the stomach, internal bleeding, and spleen injury. Generally, patients with a higher BMI are at a higher risk of experiencing wound infections, hematomas, and delayed wound healing. In some cases, minor side effects following the procedure may include gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The cost for this procedure may vary from patient to patient depending on various factors. Most insurance companies that cover weight loss surgery will cover the gastric sleeve procedure. We offer free insurance verification and guarantee that our pricing will always be competitive with that of other local providers furnishing equivalent services. We provide excellent Financing Options and discounts for multiple procedures are available.