What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Sleeve Gastrectomy is a type of restrictive laparoscopic bariatric surgery normally considered for patients with a BMI of 38+ or if the patient has had a failed previous LAP-BAND surgery. Many sleeve patients experience an initial rapid weight loss and within one to two years have significantly decreased or resolved all of their co-morbid conditions.
Dallas Sleeve Gastrectomy: How It Works
During the surgery, a portion of the stomach is removed, changing it from a kidney bean shape to more like the shape of a banana. The portion removed is responsible for secreting the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger. Afterwards, appetite and feelings of hunger are significantly reduced.
The newly created stomach has a capacity to hold less than half a cup of food at a time. With a decrease in calorie intake, weight loss follows. Food passage through the stomach is also slowed, making the patient feel full longer.
Patients go home the same day or might stay in the hospital one day
Positive Aspects of opting for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Dallas, TX
The many positive aspects of the surgery include no long-term risks of erosion, slip or infection sometimes associated with band implantation. The stomach retains normal function, because the valves that control filling and emptying are left intact. Also, with the sleeve there is no need for the regular fills/adjustments that banded patients require. There is also a significantly faster weight loss than with the LAP-BAND (with overall weight loss at five years being the same). And one of the biggest upsides: A larger variety of foods can be tolerated than with other procedures.
Potential negatives include the fact that the surgery is slightly riskier than the band. The most common complication after surgery is leakage (1 out of 100), requiring a temporary drain. Heartburn or reflux can occur as well as, in a small percentage of patients, dumping syndrome. Lastly, the sleeve surgery is not reversible.
Things You Should Consider with Sleeve Gastrectomy:
A liquid diet is required before and after the surgery to assist in the surgical and healing process.
As with any surgery, complications may arise. This will be discussed with your surgeon during the surgical consultation.
Keep in mind that this is a lifestyle choice you are making, not a quick fix.
It is important to remember that Sleeve Gastrectomy is an aid to support you in achieving lasting results by limiting food intake, reducing appetite and slowing digestion. However, for the ultimate success of the operation, it is very important that you play an active part in maintaining your ideal weight by adopting a different lifestyle and eating pattern for the rest of your life.
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