What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric Sleeve Surgery is often the most popular choice for bariatric surgery for several reasons. Because the procedure is laparoscopic, gastric sleeve surgery is minimally invasive. First, multiple tiny incisions are made on the patient’s abdomen. Next, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide, which allows easy access to internal organs. After this, the surgeon inserts a small camera inside the abdominal cavity. The surgeon then uses small tools to remove up to 80% of the stomach. As a result, the volume of the remaining stomach, or “sleeve,” is reduced. Additionally, the stomach remains fully functional.

After the surgery, the patient is put on a restrictive diet to allow the stomach to heal. At first, the diet consists of only clear broths. After about ten days, the patient can eat creamed liquids. After about five weeks, the patient is returned to a regular diet, though they are unable to eat very much.

Why Choose Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed on people who are obese. However, if you aren’t obese, you may still qualify. This procedure has proven to be an effective means of weight control for moderately overweight patients that suffer from health conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, or high blood pressure. Thousands of people have had success with gastric sleeve surgery, regaining their health and self-esteem. When researching options, you may come across a variety of procedures like gastric balloon insertion, gastric banding, or gastric bypass surgery. Though they all have benefits, gastric sleeve surgery is best for several reasons, including:

  • The intestinal tract remains unaltered.
  • Metabolic functions are not changed.
  • There is no “dumping syndrome.”
  • There is an immediate reduction in blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
  • There are no devices placed inside the body.
  • Gastric sleeve surgery is less invasive than other procedures.
  • There is minimal scarring because gastric sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically.
  • Between 60%-70% of the excess weight is lost within the first year.
  • If gastric sleeve surgery does not produce adequate results, the patient can then undergo gastric bypass surgery.