The sleeve gastrectomy is a weight loss procedure that removes part of the stomach and restricts the amount of food that can be eaten. Like other metabolic surgeries, it also promotes weight loss by changing hormonal signals between the stomach, brain, and liver to establish a lower set point.
How does the sleeve gastrectomy work?
- Most of the stomach is removed except a small sleeve-shaped pouch. It can hold 1 ½ to 5 ounces, and is about the size of a banana.
- Patients are unable to eat as much food, fewer calories are absorbed into the body, and the hormonal signals between the stomach and the brain are changed.
- Typically, patients will experience weight loss and improvement in metabolic syndrome and overall health and well-being.
What are the health benefits of the sleeve gastrectomy?Clinical studies show that patients experience a variety of benefits after surgery.
- An average of 66% excess weight loss.
- Over 70% saw improvement or remission of type 2 diabetes.
- Significant improvements in high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, sleep apnea, joint pain.
- Increased physical activity, productivity, well-being, economic opportunities, self-confidence.
- Minimally invasive procedure leads to shorter hospital stays and recovery time.
- Type 2 diabetes controlled
- High blood pressure resolved
- High cholesterol improved*
- Obstructive sleep apnea resolved
- Can lead to significant weight loss (average of 66% of excess body weight)
- Can lead to significant improvement of obesity-related health conditions.
- Doesn’t use a foreign object (like the gastric band) and doesn’t reroute the digestive tract (like the gastric bypass)
- Short hospital stays and recovery time due to minimally invasive procedure
- Limits the amount of food that can be eaten
- Causes significant changes to digestive organs and hormones that result in reduced hunger and increased metabolism
- Permanent (won’t need more surgeries or readjustments, like the gastric band)
- Requires lifelong dedication to specific diet and exercise routines
- Permanent (cannot be reversed)
- Can lead to vitamin deficiencies
- Gastric leakage
- Separation of tissue
- Dyspepsia (stomach ache)
- Esophageal dysmotility (swallowing disorders)
- Dumping syndrome
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Last updated: Dec 16, 2017 3:06 am