Gastric sleeve is a restrictive weight loss surgery that can help you to lose weight, increase your energy level and lose stubborn belly fat. It’s a type of gastric banding that restricts the amount of stomach food you can eat at any time. The result is that you feel fuller for longer, which means you eat less overall. You also feel more energetic because your body burns fat instead of carbs. Plano gastric sleeve surgery is often used in conjunction with other types of weight loss surgery, such as Lap Band or gastric bypass. The results of gastric sleeve surgery are usually long-lasting and effective.
How is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Performed?
This procedure is performed using a band or stapling device. During the procedure, a band is placed around the upper part of your stomach and then sewn together. The band causes your stomach to shrink and bulge out in unusual ways.
Gastric sleeve surgery also involves removing most of your small intestine so that nutrients don’t bypass your digestive system, leading to vitamin deficiencies and other health problems. During this procedure, surgeons may also remove part of your pancreas, an organ responsible for digestive enzymes, and other organs necessary for digestion and absorption.
The procedure takes about an hour and a half to 90 minutes, depending on how much fat has been removed from the upper part of your stomach. You will return to work or resume normal activities within three weeks, but you’ll likely experience mild discomfort after surgery until it heals completely.
What to Expect After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
1. It Helps Shed Excess Pounds
The most common benefit is weight loss. The degree of weight loss depends on how many calories you take in and how many you expend through physical activity. Gastric sleeve surgery helps you lose as much as 20 to 30 percent of your excess weight.
2. Reduces the Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease
According to research, people who have had gastric sleeve surgery have a lower risk of developing diabetes and heart disease than those who have not had it. A study published in The American Journal of Surgery found that three years after the surgery, people who had gastric sleeves were less likely to develop diabetes or heart disease than those who had a traditional stomach bypass operation or a laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure (LAP-BX).
3. Improve the Quality of Life
The most common benefit of gastric sleeve surgery is improved quality of life. Many patients report feeling less hungry, losing weight faster, and experiencing fewer side effects from the medication they take for diabetes and high blood pressure. A recent study found that gastric sleeve surgery improved the quality of life in men and women who are overweight or obese.
4. Reduce Stomach Volume
Gastric bypass surgery helps reduce the size of the stomach. It spares its muscles, helping to reduce symptoms like nausea and vomiting associated with this type of dieting in older adults who often suffer from malnutrition and malabsorption problems because they lose muscle mass due to poor eating habits.
The success rate after surgery is remarkable. If you have tried every other method of dieting and exercising with no success, it could be worthwhile to look into the gastric sleeve. LoneStar Bariatrics professionals can evaluate your case to establish whether you are an ideal candidate for the procedure.