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Sleeve Gastrectomy Treatment & Diagnostics in Koramangala, Bangalore

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric sleeve surgery is a weight loss procedure designed to help patients attain and maintain a healthy weight. The procedure significantly reduces the size of your stomach affecting the amount of food the stomach can retain.

With a smaller stomach, you feel satiated after eating less food. Over time, you lose weight as you eat less. The surgery also removes a part of the stomach that produces the  hormone named ghrelin  responsible for making you feel hungry.

Ghrelin also plays a part in blood sugar metabolism hence people with type II diabetes may not have to take their medication after sleeve gastrectomy. The surgery does not affect the functioning of your stomach to absorb nutrients from the food.

Why is a Sleeve Gastrectomy done?

Your doctor may recommend sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss  only after other methods such as exercising, taking weight loss medicines, and following a strict diet regime have been ineffective. However, that does not automatically qualify you for the procedure. You still have to meet the following general criteria:

  • Having a body mass index BMI over 40
  • Having severe weight related health problems despite having BMI under 40.

Your doctor may recommend sleeve gastrectomy so that you are not prone to weight related diseases such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High Blood pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Stroke 
  • Cancer

When to see a doctor?

If you have a family history of obesity and are experiencing chronic problems because of it, talk to your doctor.

Request an appointment at Apollo Hospitals

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment

How Do You Prepare For Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Before the surgery your doctor may recommend you to maintain good physical health and stop using tobacco products. A few days before the surgery the doctor will restrict your food habits and medications to prepare you for the procedure. Sleeve gastrectomy Is done under anaesthesia.There are two ways of performing the surgery:

  • By making an incision in the stomach or
  • Laparoscopically 

During the procedure your surgeon removes the curved part of the stomach. The surgery takes no more than two hours. Once you wake up your doctor will closely monitor your health to avoid any complications

Life After Sleeve Gastrectomy

Your diet after the surgery will be mostly sugar free liquid food for at least a week. After the first week, you will have to eat pureed food. You can eat regular food only after 4 weeks of the surgery. Since having the procedure may make you prone to nutritional deficiency in the long run, your doctor will recommend taking multivitamins, calcium and vitamin B for the rest of your life.

What are the Benefits of sleeve gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy is an effective weight loss procedure for the chronically overweight. You may lose up to 60% of your body weight in two years. Besides weight loss, you'll also see a significant improvement in health, not to mention a lower risk of diseases such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type  Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

What Are the Risks and Complications of Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Despite being considered a safe procedure, sleeve gastrectomy is not without its risks and complications. Some of them are:

  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Stomach leakage
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Blood clots

The long term risks and complications include:

  • Hernias
  • Low blood sugar
  • Malnutrition
  • Gastrointestinal obstruction
  • Gastroesophageal reflux

Conclusion

Sleeve gastrectomy is only successful if you commit to a lifetime of healthy eating habits after the surgery. You cannot expect to lose a lot of weight if you keep eating high calorie food.
Exercise, a well balanced diet, and regular follow-up with your doctor will keep you in a healthy shape after the procedure.

Does sleeve gastrectomy shorten lifespan?

No, it doesn’t. On the contrary, your life expectancy increases and the quality of your life is enhanced.

Is sleeve gastrectomy a reversible procedure?

No, sleeve gastrectomy is not a reversible procedure. Your stomach is cut out and then stitched back together so it becomes smaller than before. It’s not feasible to restore its original shape and size.

Can I sleep on my tummy after a gastric sleeve surgery?

No, you cannot sleep on your tummy for 2-3 weeks after the surgery. Your doctor will advise you to sleep on your side or back to avoid complications.

Does sleeve gastrectomy cause heartburn?

It is not clear if the procedure causes heartburn. There has been mixed findings in studies as some indicated higher heartburn incidents whereas others showed less. Nevertheless, if you experience heartburn after the surgery, your doctor may recommend antacids to manage it.

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