People who need to lose weight for medical reason are opting for the gastric sleeve more and more often. This is in part due to the fact that this surgery has been demonstrated to be very safe and effective, and because it is minimally invasive. Naturally, the only way for this surgery to actually help someone to lose weight is if they also curb their food intake and make lifestyle changes, but if they are committed to doing that, they can see very significant weight loss, as well as overall health improvements.
If you have difficulties with your weight, struggling to lower it or even to keep it at a certain weight, it is possible that your doctor will recommend you have weight loss surgery. However, there are many different types of surgery, and the sleeve gastrectomy is not for everybody. You must speak to a bariatric surgeon who will review your personal situation and determine whether or not this is the correct procedure for you.
The information below, therefore, is meant as a general guide to help you understand the gastric sleeve. You must, however, speak to a medical professional to have specific questions answered.
Things to Know about the Sleeve Gastrectomy
- The sleeve gastrectomy and gastric sleeve are one and the same thing. It is also often referred to as simply “the sleeve”, and people who have had the procedure completed call themselves “sleevers”.
- During the procedure, a sleeve is created inside the stomach, which is a vertical passage that enables food to get to the digestive system.
- A piece of the stomach is excised with a surgical stapler. This piece is then separated, which leaves a smaller space in its place. This smaller space is the sleeve, and this passes food for you.
- The stomach now has less space, which means you will feel full very quickly after eating small amounts.
- Because you feel full quicker, you will lower the amount of food you eat. Your portion size will be reduced, as will your calorific intake, as you simply don’t have space for more servings.
- Food is fully absorbed by the digestive system, which means the gastric sleeve is not a so-called “malabsorptive” condition.
- The gastric sleeve and the gastric bypass are two very different things. That said, both procedures do have very similar outcomes. With the bypass, however, the digestive system is changed because a piece of the small intestine is actually bypassed. The gastric bypass therefore, IS a malabsorptive procedure.
- A gastric sleeve is usually a laparoscopic procedure, which means recovery time is minimal, as is scarring and the risk of complications. Pain is also reduced significantly, which is also beneficial for the patient.
- After the procedure, you must commit to a healthy, active lifestyle. This means eating a nutritious, balanced diet, and it means exercising. You will consult with a nutritionist or dietician about this, as well as with a fitness expert.