Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Sleeve Gastrectomy)

Gastric sleeve surgery or sleeve gastrectomy is a significant weight loss (bariatric) procedure. It’s also the most preferred bariatric surgery by patients around the world.

In sleeve gastrectomy surgery, surgeons typically prefer the laparoscopic technique. In this procedure, the surgeon removes about 2/3 of the stomach, and patients have a new stomach the size of a banana. 

Ideal Candidates for Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Ideal candidates for sleeve gastrectomy surgery are patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or more. In addition to Body Mass Index, people with diseases related to weight problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), heart problems, or sleep apnea are also good candidates for this procedure.

Although the general rule requires being over 18 for the operation, age may not be a problem for overweight people or have one of the above health problems.

How is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Performed?

Gastric sleeve surgery has a long process that requires extreme patience. In general, sleeve gastrectomy consists of the following steps: 

  • Preparation (Consultation)

Our surgeon will talk to you about the surgery during the preparation process. In this process, you can ask our surgeon any question that comes to your mind. Then our doctor will perform tests such as EKG, PFT, and blood analysis to determine your suitability. In addition, our specialist may request examinations such as detailed endoscopy, lower abdomen ultrasound, and chest X-ray. Finally, our doctor will give you a particular diet program. The main goal of this diet is to minimize the volume of fat in your stomach.

  • Anesthesia

After the preparation process is over, the procedure will now begin. For your comfort and convenience, your surgery will be under general anesthesia. Thus, you will not feel any pain or ache during the procedure.

  • Operation

Our surgeon will make minimal (about 0,5 cm) holes in the anterior wall of your abdomen. The doctor can efficiently perform these operations by watching them on the monitor. Our specialist removes the large and curved part of your stomach (80%) using staples. After this procedure, the doctor controls the bleeding and inflates your stomach with the help of special devices. This way, the surgeon will check for any leaks in your stomach. This procedure takes about 1 to 1.5 hours on average.

After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

  • After gastric sleeve surgery, you need to follow a liquid diet. After a few weeks, you can switch to solid foods according to our doctor’s recommendation.
  • You may have as much pain as you can tolerate after the procedure. The doctor will recommend you some drugs for pain.
  • You should avoid foods containing sugar and caffeine.
  • For the first 6 months after the process, it’s necessary to avoid smoking and alcohol altogether.
  • You should choose foods rich in protein.
  • Since this procedure is usually a closed surgery, minor wounds on your abdomen will disappear on their own within a few months.
  • There may be changes in your appearance as you experience rapid and sudden weight loss.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Results

Gastric sleeve surgery results are generally successful. Patients lose an average of 60% to 75% of their excess weight after the operation. Since patients will significantly reduce their stomach volume after the procedure eat less food. However, since the parts that secrete the appetite hormone eliminate, the calorie intake is reduced considerably.

Since the gastrointestinal anatomy factors don’t change in any way, there will be vitamin deficiencies with fewer minerals in the long run. Shortly after the operation, most patients’ health problems also decrease. Some diseases may even disappear altogether.

FAQ

How Long Does a Gastric Sleeve Last?

Gastric sleeve surgery generally takes 1.5 to 2 hours.

How Serious is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery can be risky since most of the stomach, one of the essential organs, is removed. But thanks to new technologies, the risk of death is shallow.

How Much Weight Do You Have to be Over to Get a Gastric Sleeve?

A Body Mass Index must be 35 and above to be suitable for sleeve gastrectomy.

How Painful is a Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

There is generally no pain during the procedure. However, there may be minimal (10/3) pain after the procedure. For this, the doctor will recommend the necessary analgesics.

How Much Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Cost?

Gastric sleeve surgery cost varies entirely depending on the location, the surgeon’s experience, the materials used in the procedure, and the hospital or clinic. Talking to the doctor about the prices of sleeve gastrectomy is necessary.

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