What is Gastric Sleeve?
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, commonly known as “gastric sleeve” is the surgical removal of most of the stomach for creation of a long tubular or
“banana” shaped stomach. This surgery involves surgical stapling, cutting, and removal of stomach parts. However, unlike a gastric bypass, gastric sleeve surgery does not alter intestines.
Gastric sleeve surgery does not require adjustments after surgery or leave behind an artificial device inside the body (in contrast to restrictive gastric banding procedures like Lap-Band and Realize Band).
Weight loss resulting from gastric sleeve is thought to be related to gastric restriction or to hormonal changes observed following the procedure. Up to 3 years of follow up studies are available and they reveal Sleeve Gastrectomy to be at least as effective and durable as gastric banding following surgery.
Some weight loss results may approach that of gastric bypass. Long term (>5 year) studies are not yet available. Co-morbidity (diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, or sleep apnea) resolution, 12 to 24 months after sleeve gastrectomy, demonstrates comparable results to other restrictive procedures.
EXPECTED WEIGHT LOSS FROM GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY
Patients often want to know exactly how much weight they will lose from gastric sleeve surgery. The answer changes for every patient. But there are some easy ways to calculate your expected weight loss. Having proper expectations for how much weight you can expect to lose, assuming you follow the after surgery guidelines, is an important factor when considering your overall happiness with having had surgery.
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How much do you have to weigh to get a sleeve?
To be eligible for bariatric surgery, you must be between 16 and 70 years of age (with some exceptions) and morbidly obese (weighing at least 100 pounds over your ideal body weight and having a BMI of 40).
How long does it take to recover from gastric sleeve?
Surgery – 1 to 4 Hour Procedure Time. On average, your procedure will take between 1 and 4 hours to perform, depending on the procedure: Gastric sleeve: About 2 hours. Gastric bypass: About 4 hours.
Can you put weight back on after gastric sleeve?
Gastric sleeve surgery works by making the patient feel full sooner while eating and by reducing the amount of hunger-causing hormones secreted by the stomach. … However, up to 3 out of 10 gastric sleeve patients gain weight after reaching their low weight
Is it safe to have gastric sleeve?
Gastric Sleeve surgery is a proven safe and effective procedure for weight loss. While gastric sleeve surgery is the newest of the “approved” surgeries for weight loss, it has quickly gained favor from physicians and patients alike. The surgery may soon surpass Lap Band and gastric bypass in popularity
KEEP IN MIND
Keep in mind that 60% is an average. There are people who lose less and some that lose much more. Ultimately, success from gastric sleeve surgery comes from setting the proper expectations, making a decision to change your habits and sticking to that decision.
If your number seems lower than expected, do not get upset. People are surprised that they cannot expect to go from 250 lbs down to 120 lbs from surgery alone. No single weight loss procedure is a magic bullet, but surgery will get your weight down to something more manageable. Once your weight drops, it becomes easier to exercise, stay on your feet longer, enjoy life and continue to lose more weight.