What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
A Gastric Sleeve or Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss procedure that involves removing a large portion of the stomach and creating a new, smaller stomach “sleeve.” During the procedure, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen and removes approximately 75-80% of the stomach, leaving a thin, vertical “sleeve” or tube-shaped stomach. The remaining portion of the stomach is then sealed using surgical staples.
The sleeve gastrectomy procedure works by reducing the size of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at any given time, leading to a feeling of fullness and a reduction in calorie intake. The surgery also affects the production of hormones that regulate hunger and satiety, which can further help with weight loss.
Sleeve gastrectomy is generally considered to be a safe and effective weight loss procedure for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or those with a BMI of 35 or greater who have other obesity-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications, which should be discussed with a qualified healthcare provider prior to undergoing surgery.
How much weight will I lose following a Gastric Sleeve?
The amount of weight a person will lose following a gastric sleeve procedure can vary depending on several factors, including their starting weight, age, gender, overall health, and adherence to dietary and lifestyle changes.
On average, most people can expect to lose around 60-70% of their excess body weight in the first 12-18 months following a gastric sleeve procedure. For example, if someone has 100 pounds of excess weight, they can expect to lose 60-70 pounds within the first year or so. However, weight loss results may vary from person to person.
It’s important to note that weight loss is not guaranteed and depends on the individual’s ability to stick to a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Following a gastric sleeve procedure, patients are typically advised to make significant dietary and lifestyle changes, such as consuming smaller portions, avoiding high-calorie and high-fat foods, and engaging in regular physical activity. Adherence to these recommendations can play a significant role in determining the amount of weight loss achieved after surgery.
How does Gastric Sleeve surgery work?
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How do I prepare for weight loss surgery?
Preparing for weight loss surgery requires both physical and emotional preparation. Here are some things you can do to prepare for weight loss surgery:
Follow the pre-surgery diet: Your surgeon will put you on a specific pre-surgery diet to help reduce the size of your liver, which makes the surgery safer and easier. It is important to follow this diet strictly to ensure the best possible outcome.
Get in shape: We understand this isn’t easy but getting in the best shape you can before your surgery can help reduce risks of complications and aid in your recovery. Ask your Tonic team or surgeon for advice on safe exercise routines that will help you get fitter before surgery.
Team Tonic resources: Your weight loss surgery experts are available to advise and support you throughout your journey. Make the most of this support and advice. Raise any queries and request as much information as you need as you prepare. Their expertise provides valuable information about the surgery itself, what to expect during your recovery, and how to maintain your weight loss after surgery to achieve your goals.
Make lifestyle changes: Weight loss surgery is a tool, but it is not a magic solution. To achieve the best results, you will need to make permanent lifestyle changes. Start by incorporating healthy habits into your daily routine, such as eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly.
Address emotional issues: Weight loss surgery can be emotionally challenging, and it is important to address any emotional issues you may have before surgery. Draw upon the resources offered by Tonic and use their support groups to ask questions, discuss any concerns and prepare emotionally for the changes ahead.
Follow your surgeon’s instructions: Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.
Recovery following a Gastric Sleeve
The recovery time following a gastric sleeve procedure can vary depending on several factors, including your overall health, age, and the surgical technique used. However, most people can expect to stay in the hospital for 1-2 nights after the surgery.
In the first few days after the surgery, you will be on a liquid diet, which will gradually progress to soft foods and then regular foods as your body heals. Most people can return to work and resume their normal activities within 2-3 weeks after surgery, but it’s important to follow the post-surgical guidelines provided by the team at Tonic.
During the recovery period, you will need to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks, and you should avoid driving until you have stopped taking pain medications and feel comfortable and alert.
It’s normal to experience some discomfort, fatigue, and changes in bowel habits after a gastric sleeve procedure.
Overall, the recovery time following a gastric sleeve procedure can take several weeks, and it’s essential to follow the Tonic team’s recommendations to ensure a safe and successful recovery.