Various eating disorders like BED (Binge eating disorder) are becoming more and more common, leading to a huge increase in the number of people who are suffering from obesity. These are cases where conventional methods of losing weight just don’t have a significant effect to produce results. If left untreated, obesity can lead to major cardiovascular issues and a plethora of other medical conditions.
There are a number of medical procedures we offer here in Adcure that can help overweight people lose their excess weight and gain a foothold in the journey to a better and healthier life. It’s just a matter of finding the one that is the best possible solution for your particular case. One of the tried and tested for battling obesity is a medical procedure called Gastric Sleeve. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Compared to a Gastric Bypass, this procedure is less invasive and is performed laparoscopically. It involves removing a sizeable portion of the stomach (up to 80% in some cases) and reshaping what’s left of it to resemble a tube or a sleeve, hence the name Gastric sleeve. This procedure is performed typically under general anesthesia.
Why you might want to have a gastric sleeve surgery
When your stomach is reduced just to 20 percent of its original capacity, the amount of food you can ingest is considerably smaller. Even something as small as a plain sandwich will make you feel full for the rest of the day. Also, it is proven that this procedure will slightly alter your ability to produce a hormone that promotes hunger.
When all non-surgical methods fail, gastric sleeve surgery is a sure way to shedding large amounts of excess pounds. Besides achieving a more visually pleasing look and being able to complete tasks that were virtually impossible, reducing body weight is good for a number of health reasons including:
- Lowering your blood pressure
- Reducing the chance to get type 2 diabetes
- Reducing the chance of heart diseases
- Reducing the chance of having a stroke
- Reducing the chance of becoming infertile
If you have already received a warning from a physician or a nutritionist that your weight and body size are exceeding healthy thresholds, you should seriously consider a gastric sleeve operation before your health deteriorates any further.
The results and what to expect
The gastric sleeve operation requires a lot of preparation, as well as a lot of discipline in the post-op healing process. In comparison to a Gastric Bypass procedure, it is slightly easier to be eligible for this procedure, nevertheless, patients will have to put in some work in order to be a good candidate. Weeks prior to entering the operating room, it is important to make significant changes and abandon an unhealthy lifestyle.
We help our patients by putting them on a special diet, which will prepare them for the procedure and minimize the risks involved. The surgery lasts about 2 hours, after which we keep our patients at our medical facilities so that we can monitor the progress. Shrinking the stomach will decrease the patient’s appetite eventually, but not right away.
This is why it is very important to fight the cravings the first couple of days and consume only sugar-free, non-carbonated liquids until the stomach adapts to its new size.
Make sure to browse our website for more procedures related to weight-loss or contact our medical staff directly. Schedule a consultation, we’d be thrilled to assist you.