In a sleeve gastrectomy, we remove part of stomach from the body. The remaining section of the stomach becomes like tube (about the size of a banana) which in result makes the patient feel full with smaller amounts of food. The operation also removes the part of the stomach that secretes the hunger hormone so the patient no longer feels hungry. This surgery doesn’t interfere with nutrients absorption process of intestine.
This surgery is done by doing large incisions in the abdomen or by doing many small incisions with cameras and other instruments for supporting surgery. This technique removes half of the stomach. Your new stomach is closed by surgical staples. This surgery removes half of the patient stomach, hence it is irreversible.
A patient may experience belly pain and doctors may suggest pain killers in the first week of surgery. The cut made during surgery may tender or sore. Depending on the procedure of surgery, a patient needs to observe his activities. In case of open surgery, lifting of heavy weight and exhausting exercises should be avoided for quick recovery of belly. Gastric sleeve surgery improves joint condition. With reduction in each pound of weight, pressure on knees decreases, which improves mobility and reduces pain.
Patient needs to change the eating habit after surgery. He will be on liquid diet on the first day followed by pureed foods and shakes which will continue for 4 weeks. After completion of 1 month, patient can have soft solid foods.
- Other weight reduction techniques may be risky for obese or sick people. This surgery has a good result in weight loss and improves patients’ health -- usually after 10 to 18 months -- patient can have a second surgery, such as gastric bypass.
- As this surgery causes no harm to nutrition absorption process, patients never fall short on nutrition.
- Along with controlling the intake of food, this surgery has positive impact on gut hormones which are known for hunger and blood sugar control.
- Gastric sleeve surgery is not reversible like gastric banding.
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