Since the stomach produces hormones related with appetite, the fact of extracting a great portion of it, makes patients not have an appetite and eat less than before.
The procedure is done in a minimal invasive approach through several small incisions (thru laparoscopy). The gastric sleeve laparoscopic surgery is a bariatric procedure in which the surgeon removes approximately 85% of the stomach, the shape of the stomach remaining is of a tube or ¨sleeve¨ the size and shape of a banana. The rest of the stomach is eliminated. Patient is left with a much smaller stomach that will help them feel fuller with smaller food proportions, and at the same time allowing a normal digestion and nutrient absorption.
Gastric sleeve surgery is ideal for adults with morbid obesity, this means people between 18 and 65 with a body mass index of 40 or over.
People with a body mass index from 35 or 235 pounds of an adult of 5 feet 9 inches can also be a candidate. Patients most also able to handle the physical stress of surgery. Some people have health complications that make it a high risk surgery. In some cases, these complications come from obesity itself and some initial weight loss can improve the health of the patient enough for surgery.
The psychological preparation is another important factor. A gastric sleeve implicates a series of dramatic changes in your lifestyle; it can be stressful or cause unexpected reactions. Having the right attitude towards food, exercise and health is important.
On average patients that undergo a gastric sleeve surgery stay one or two nights in the clinic. Normally one or two weeks after a gastric sleeve surgery you will be able to go back to work, this will depend in the type of efforts require in you occupational activities since it is not allowed to lift heavy objects (more than 15 pounds) during 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Give yourself time to adapt into the new lifestyle. You will have time to get to know how your new healthy eating and exercise routine will work.
1 to 1:30 hours