Sleeve Gastrectomy explained
Sleeve gastrectomy (or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy) is a keyhole surgical procedure for weight loss that involves stapling off and completely removing a portion of the stomach, leaving a small tube with the capacity of approximately 200ml. The procedure takes 1-2 hours. Patients usually stay in hospital for 3 nights and are able to return to work in 1-2 weeks after sleeve gastrectomy.
What are the advantages of sleeve gastrectomy?
Sleeve gastrectomy is very effective for long term weight loss (up to 5 years) for those with a body mass index (BMI) of over 35. Post-surgery patients experience improved or resolved comorbidities such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea. Patients face few dietary restrictions.
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Before a Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure
Speak with your GP about options for weight loss to determine if you are a candidate for this keyhole laparoscopic surgery. Sleeve gastrectomy is irreversible and requires a commitment to a healthy diet and exercise regimens to maintain the weight loss. There is a 1-2% risk of either a leak or a bleed from the staple line that requires surgery to treat.
After the Procedure
After the sleeve gastrectomy patients would hope to achieve a 65% reduction in their excess weight in a year due to a significant reduction in appetite and portion size. Many co-morbidities such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnoea and joint problems would be expected to get better or disappear.
It is important to limit snacking to reduce stretching, perform weight bearing exercises at least twice a week, and take vitamin supplements iron, calcium and B12 after a sleeve gastrectomy. A dietician can advise on the proper proportions, nutrition and meal planning. Follow-up with the surgeon is typically six-months after the surgery and then every year for at least 5 years.
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Sleeve Gastrectomy Guidelines
These are some guidelines to help achieve long term weight management.
– Eat regularly. Avoid skipping meals and plan to eat 3 small meals plus 3 snacks per day.
– Ensure all food consumed is nutritious.
– Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly.
– Sense fullness and stop eating.
– Avoid carbonated drinks for up to 6 weeks post surgery.
– Include 2 sessions of weight bearing exercise per week.