How does a Sleeve Gastrectomy work?

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How does a sleeve gastrectomy work?

If you have been considering obesity surgery, you will have come across the term “sleeve gastrectomy”.  At Advance Surgical, it is a common procedure for candidates with a BMI over 35, who have been battling obesity. It’s quite common to pick up a variety of health issues, when you have been diagnosed with obesity, and there are a range of surgical options that may help.  So how does a sleeve gastrectomy work? First of all, it’s important to flag that this is a permanent procedure.

How does a sleeve gastrectomy work
How does a sleeve gastrectomy work

Keyhole Surgery

The surgery is performed through 5 incisions (usually) in the upper abdomen. As a patient you will attend on the day, and you will be under general anaesthesia. Normally, a sleeve gastrectomy procedure takes 1 to 2 hours, and is performed using keyhole / laparascopic instruments so the surgeon has a clear view of the internal anatomy. Then, the surgeon staples along the stomach and removes ¾ of the stomach .  

After a sleeve gastrectomy you will “eat small”.  This is a simple mechanic that will cause you to lose weight, simply because you are eating less. Also, because of the specific part of the stomach that is removed, you will be produce less hunger hormones. The reduction in appetite is often a significant contributor to weight loss.

After the Surgery

So how does a sleeve gastrectomy work in terms of downtime? Generally you would stay at the hospital for 3 days. Most patients take 2 weeks off work, and are back to their normal activities after about 2 to 3 weeks.

About Advance Surgical

At Advance Surgical, we can help you with weight loss surgery, metabolic and bariatric surgery, as well as most aspects of general surgery. We are a team of highly qualified surgeons, with years of experience in bariatric and general surgery. When we created our clinic, our goal was to help those finding that diet and exercise just was not working to get their weight down. Our surgeons and dietitians, as well as our clinical psychologist, look forward to helping you so you can embrace life as “the new you”.

How does a sleeve gastrectomy work