Sleeve Gastrectomy

It can be quite daunting when researching into the idea of weight loss surgery, one of those reasons being there are so many different methods available to you. Therefore you should familliarise yourself with each method and compare the advantages and disadvantages of each, to ensure that you yourself are comfortable with the change that will be made to your digestive system.

The Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure

With a sleeve gastrectomy you will find that it works due to reducing the stomach in size, your surgeon will remove between 70 and 75% of your stomach, it will then either be stapled or sewn back together to form a smaller area in which food can be digested. Your intestines will remain in the same position, and your food intake will only be altered due to capacity. Therefore this will reduce the amount of food you are able to consume, in turn reducing the amount of calories your body can absorb. You will also find that as the hormone which causes you to feel hunger is removed along with the portion of stomach, you will feel less inclined to eat following the procedure.

What are the benefits of a sleeve gastrectomy?

A sleeve gastrectomy is often used as a two part surgery where a patient may be too obese (usually with a BMI of above 50) to undergo other weight loss surgeries, this procedure will be completed and once the individual has achieved a much healthier weight in which case it is safe to undergo additional surgery then they shall do so. As the sleeve gastrectomy procedure is known to produce results such as losing between 30 to 50% of their excess body weight within the first year, it is an effective method, and sometimes the results can be so great that there is only need for one weight loss method to be used.

Things to consider

With all surgery you should ensure that you are happy with the decision to go ahead with it, this will add to your safety and mentality throughout. Obviously there will be risks and dangers associated with this type of surgery, and as much as specialists and surgeons will attempt to reduce risks through regular checkups and various consultations, sometimes a patient will experience a side effect or complication caused by the surgery.  You should at all times bear your safety in mind and should ensure that you research substantially into all of the areas of a procedure, from where you will be treated to the cost and aftercare which you will receive. You should also ensure that the specialist team dealing with you are qualified and trained to a high standard, enough to support your needs and provide you with the right kind of assistance you will need. If you qualify and are considering this type of surgery seek the support and assistance of anybody you feel comfortable and weigh up all of your options to ensure you will achieve the best results possible.

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