Answers to your most commonly asked questions about gastric sleeve surgery.
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How does the gastric sleeve work?
Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure that removes about 85 percent of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve. The stomach is permanently reduced to about 15 percent of its original size.
Who is a good candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?
Sleeve gastrectomy is typically reserved for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 35 or for those who are not in appropriate physical condition to undergo gastric bypass surgery. It may also be appropriate for those who can’t return for follow-up visits required by gastric banding.
What are the benefits of choosing the gastric sleeve surgery?
The procedure is not reversible. It is performed laparoscopically, meaning that small incisions are made as opposed to one large incision. Then, a viewing tube with a small camera (laparoscope) and other tiny instruments are inserted into these small incisions to perform the surgery. The now tube-shaped stomach is sealed closed with staples.
Are there possible risks and complications involved?
Yes, there are, but there are also benefits. Before setting out to pursue any type of bariatric surgery, it is very important that you speak with your surgeon and weigh the risks and benefits.
How much will I plan to lose on the gastric sleeve surgery?
Most patients who choose gastric sleeve surgery lose between 30 to 50 percent of their excess body weight in approximately six months to a year.
Is there a special diet to follow after the gastric sleeve surgery?
You will need to become accustomed to eating solid foods again. Normally this begins with a two-week liquid-only diet, two weeks of semi-solid foods, pureed foods and then the introduction of solid foods.