Gastric Sleeve Surgery Limits Food Intake to Achieve Dramatic Weight Loss
By removing a large amount of the stomach, the volume of food you can consume in a single sitting is hindered significantly. Bariatric surgery uses this effective solution to help obese patients achieve long-lasting weight loss while improving their overall health. Dr. Jacqueline Osuna performs gastric sleeve surgery, or a sleeve gastrectomy, at our facilities in Guadalajara and Tijuana, MX. During this procedure, she can reduce the stomach’s capacity dramatically, reducing your ability to consume large amount of food.
Because gastric sleeve surgery does not affect your ability to absorb nutrients, there is a lower risk of postoperative malnutrition.
Why Consider Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
In addition to achieving long-lasting weight loss, many patients choose gastric sleeve surgery to improve their health and manage or avoid obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. This particular bariatric procedure is best suited for patients overweight by 100 pounds or more, or with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 40. Patients with a BMI between 35 and 39 with multiple co-morbidities can also benefit from gastric sleeve surgery.
Many patients choose to undergo this procedure rather than a gastric bypass because the sleeve technique alters the size of the stomach and not the function or path of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, because gastric sleeve surgery does not affect your ability to absorb nutrients, there is a lower risk of postoperative malnutrition.
Details about the Procedure
Gastric sleeve surgery typically takes an hour to complete. Dr. Osuna will perform the procedure laparoscopically, creating multiple very small incisions rather than one or two large incisions. After creating the incisions, she will insert the laparoscope (camera) and surgical instruments. She will then carefully remove up to 80 percent of your stomach to create the thin sleeve shape. The gastric sleeve is closed with sutures and then Dr. Osuna will close the external incisions. Unlike with gastric bypass or duodenal switch procedures, the extra stomach is removed instead of rerouted with your gastrointestinal tract.
Typically you can expect an overnight stay in the hospital following gastric sleeve surgery. You will need to follow Dr. Osuna’s post-surgical directions regarding diet and exercise to maximize your weight loss results and reduce your risk of complications. It may take up to two or three weeks before you can return to work after your surgery.
Considering Your Options
There are some factors that patients should take into consideration when deciding between this procedure and other bariatric surgeries. Following your procedure, you should understand that you may experience uncomfortable symptoms such as reflux and vomiting. However, these risks are simply caused by eating more than your new, smaller stomach can hold. As you adjust to the smaller size of your stomach, this issue should dissipate.
By removing such a large amount of the stomach, your capacity for ingesting food is severely restricted. This can help many patients achieve dramatic weight loss results. Because the small intestine is not rerouted in any way, the procedure is fairly straightforward and has fewer risks of complications and an often shorter recover. Gastric sleeve surgery is an effective way to prevent or manage co-morbidities that negatively affect your overall health. You can lengthen your lifespan and significantly improve your ability to complete daily tasks and enjoy life.
Take Control of Your Health
If you need assistance achieving your weight loss goals, contact our bariatric surgery center to schedule an appointment with Dr. Osuna. We can help you find the right solution for your needs.
“My experience with Dr. Osuna and her staff was better than I could have imagined. She was absolutely amazing...The city was beautiful and safe, the hospital was beautiful and clean, the staff were great, I could not have asked for more.” Natalie P.