What to expect from Gastric Sleeve Surgery
What to Expect from Gastric Sleeve Surgery
This is a weight-loss surgery for those looking to lose a large amount of excess weight. It is performed laparoscopically under general anesthesia. With the laparoscopic technique, which is more common, the incision is only about a centimeter in size. The Gastric Sleeve induces weight loss by restricting food intake (a restrictive procedure), the patient naturally eats smaller amounts of food. The surgeon removes approximately 70-80 percent of the stomach with the help of staplers and the stomach takes the shape of a small tube or “sleeve”, in such a way that the patient can continue eating, but in much smaller amounts.
Another benefit of the surgery is the part of the stomach that is removed is the part that produces “Grehlin”. This is the hormone that stimulates the appetite. Gastric sleeve surgery cannot be reversed and will reduce the size of the stomach for good.
Since sleeve surgery does not include any interruption to the digestive tract, it is considered less invasive when compared to gastric bypass surgery. There are fewer complications and it takes less time to recover from gastric sleeve surgery, as well.
Patients that undergo this surgery can expect it to take about one to two hours with a stay in the hospital between two and five nights.
With a smaller stomach, patients can expect to make drastic changes in their eating habits. The first step in this process includes a liquid diet that progresses to pureed foods, and finally back to solid foods. However, you won’t be able to eat food in the same portion sizes as you once did and you will need to learn to eat according to the instructions given to you by your weight-loss team.
Expect to lose most of your excess weight within the first year after surgery, but it will not happen fast. It will happen gradually as you recover and adjust to a new lifestyle. Our team at Angeles Health will guide you through the entire first year after surgery and make sure you are on track to reach your weight-loss goals.