The sleeve gastrectomy is a laparoscopic surgical procedure for permanently removing a large portion of the stomach. To further aid in weight loss, sleeve gastrectomy eliminates the portion of the stomach that produces the hormones that stimulate hunger (Ghrelin).
The procedure generates weight loss by reducing your appetite and the amount of food you eat. The stomach is reduced in size by stapling and dividing it vertically, removing up to 85 – 90% of the stomach. The remaining stomach is smaller and tubular in shape and resembles a banana in size.
This procedure, like all other weight loss surgery, should be considered a tool and not a magic bullet. The individual who undergoes this procedure must make food and lifestyle changes in order for the procedure to have a successful long-term outcome.
Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Due to the portion of the stomach being removed, hormonal changes occur, thus reducing a patient’s appetite.
- Food passes through the digestive tract in the usual fashion, allowing vitamins and nutrients to be fully absorbed into the body.
Potential Risks with Sleeve Gastrectomy
As is the case with all types of surgeries, weight loss surgery also involves risks. Complications from bariatric surgery include:
- Wound infections
- Abdominal bleeding
- Staple/suture leakage
- Respiratory failure
- Pulmonary problems or other surgery-related issues
These complications occur in less than five percent of the procedures performed. Additionally, the average mortality rate for patients undergoing bariatric surgery is less than one percent and continues to decline. Longer-term negative effects of bariatric surgery can include such issues as temporary hair thinning and symptomatic gallstones.
Although bariatric surgery, including sleeve gastrectomy, involves a small percentage of risks, the health risks associated with remaining obese often far outweigh the potential risks of any surgical procedure.
You can count on the health care professionals at Gulf Pointe Surgical Specialists to guide and support you throughout every stage of your weight loss journey. Take the first step to a healthier and happier you by contacting us today.