Gastric sleeve surgery meant for the purpose of weight loss. In this operation, surgeons remove parts of your stomach and stitch the remaining parts together to make a new sleeve. As you’ll be left with a small sack, you will feel full a lot quicker than before, and you won’t be able to eat as much as you did before, therefore, resulting in weight loss. The surgery also removes the part of one’s stomach responsible for making a hormone which boosts your appetite. This is different from gastric bypass surgery, as in that, the surgeon makes a small pouch skipping most of your stomach and making its way straight to the intestine.
Gastric sleeve surgery is for around an hour or so. It consists of your surgeon making a few small cuts in your belly and then inserting a laparoscope, which is an instrument with a tiny camera that sends pictures to a monitor. This is followed by the surgeon inserting other medical instruments through the additional cuts, and removing ¾ of your stomach. Lastly, the surgeon will reattach the rest of your stomach to form the tube or sleeve. Gastric sleeve surgery is permanent and might last around 2 or 3 years.
The following risks are associated with the gastric sleeve surgery. There can be an infection, bleeding, or even rarely, a leak along the staple line. Once the surgery is done, one might have nausea, vomiting, or constipation. Certain foods might not be possible to digest at all, and furthermore, one could also potentially develop nutrition problems after the surgery resulting in one having to take vitamins and supplements for life.
People usually lose around 60% of their extra weight in around 12 to 18 months. Thus, if one is 100 pounds overweight, they will lose about 60 pounds, however, some lossless, and others more. Exercising and eating properly add to your weight loss significantly. After your surgery, your eating habits will have to change. The first day after Gastric sleeve surgery, you can only drink clear liquids. Once you leave the hospital, you will only be able to eat pureed foods and protein shakes, and that will be the case for around 4 weeks or so. You will have to gradually switch to eating soft foods very slowly. Everything you eat must be chewed thoroughly before it is swallowed, and furthermore, you cannot drink while eating as it could cause your new stomach to overfill. Liquids should be drunk around half an hour after the end of a meal, and high-calorie sodas and snacks should be distanced from. Lastly, vitamin and mineral supplements will have to be taken every day. Once 2 or 3 months are done, you can move on to regular meals. However, you will still not be able to eat as much as you used to. Therefore, it is a long term-commitment and one should be fully prepared for taking it up.
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