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Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Houston, TX

Understanding the gastric sleeve procedure for weight loss patients

When you think of bariatric surgery, you may be most familiar with the gastric bypass procedure*, which creates a small pouch in the stomach and alters the structure of the small intestines. However, there are several other bariatric procedures that may be more favorable, because they eliminate the malabsorptive quality of gastric bypass surgery*. Gastric sleeve surgery* is among these options, and is now the number one weight loss surgery in the U.S.

Keep reading to discover some of the advantages of this surgery, which reduces the size of the stomach by permanently removing a section of the stomach from the abdomen.

Expected Weight Loss

In patients who follow post-operative dietary and exercise guidelines, weight loss is similar to that of gastric bypass*. Weight comes off quickly, and patients can expect significant long-term weight loss of 60-80% of excess weight*. Patients do need to avoid drinking sugary beverages like juices and other high-calorie drinks, since these can hinder weight loss immediately following surgery.

Recovery Process

Like any bariatric procedure, gastric sleeve surgery* is not a quick fix, and there is a considerable recovery that follows surgery. You will have strict dietary needs and some unique challenges at mealtime that may take time to get used to. Here’s a closer look at some of the highlights of the recovery process to help you prepare.

  • Short hospital stay – Immediately after surgery, you may need to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days. Once you return home, you can expect a recovery lasting about 4-6 weeks as you establish a new daily routine to fit your post-surgery lifestyle, but most patients return to work in 5-7 days.
  • Initial recovery period – Throughout the first weeks of recovery, you will be gradually introducing solid foods back into your diet after following a diet of full liquids, pureed then soft foods.
  • Long-term management – The lifestyle changes that gastric sleeve surgery* requires are ongoing, as you will want to continue checking in with your surgical team and following their recommendations for diet and exercise. You should not have gastric sleeve surgery* if you are not prepared for significant changes in the way you eat and stay physically active.

If you have struggled with weight loss and want to explore your surgical options in Houston, call (281) 888-7767 to schedule a consultation with the experienced team at First Choice Weight Loss. We offer surgical care in addition to more conventional medical weight loss solutions so you will have a wide range of options available for your needs.

About the Weight Loss Procedure

The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy* – often called the sleeve – is performed by removing most of the stomach. The remaining stomach is a tubular pouch that resembles a banana.This procedure works by two mechanisms. First, the new stomach pouch is 10 times smaller than the normal stomach and helps to significantly reduce the amount of food that can be consumed. Second, the surgery changes the secretion of some hormones that affect hunger, satiety, and blood sugar control. Short term studies show that the sleeve is as effective as the roux-en-Y gastric bypass in terms of weight loss and improvement or remission of diabetes.

Houston Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery* Right for You?

  • Small incisions, and short hospital stay of 24-48 hours.
  • Effective weight loss results - average of 70% of excess weight loss in 6-12 months
  • Low complications in comparison to other bariatric surgeries
  • No foreign body to worry about that might cause problems
  • Decreased appetite due to significant hunger hormone reduction
  • You feel full and satisfied with small meals due to stomach size reduction
  • Low risk for nutritional deficiencies in comparison to other surgeries
  • High rates of resolution of medical problems related to obesity

How is Sleeve Gastrectomy* Performed?

It involves making five small laparoscopic incisions in the abdomen using long instruments, about 80% of the stomach is removed (gastrectomy) leaving a narrow stomach tube that looks like a banana. The portion of the stomach that remains has a smaller volume capacity of about 100 to 150 cc. Our Houston bariatric surgeons uses a stapling device to close the sides and enforces it with absorbable tissue.

Dr. Mirza has more than 15 years of experience and a 0% rate of any leak after all these years. The sleeve is tested during surgery with a safety “leak test” to further reduce risks. No intestines are removed or bypassed. This procedure takes 60-90 minutes to complete. This short operative time is an important advantage for patients, improving safety.

How Does Sleeve Surgery* Work?

Sleeve surgery* is a restrictive procedure. It reduces the size of the stomach by an average of 75% and limits the amount of food that can be eaten at any one time. Patients feel full after eating very small amounts of food. Patients also experience a significant decrease in appetite, due to the reduction of the size of the stomach and the amount of the (hunger hormone) called Ghrelin produced by the stomach. With less of this hormone present, individuals experience a significant reduction in the feeling of hunger between meals, helping them exercise more control over their eating habits.

Average weight loss is about 2-5 lbs. per week. Within 6-12 month, most patients lose an average of 70% of excess weight, especially those ones who are very motivated.*

But more important, most patients resolve their obesity related health problems.

Your Life After the Gastric Sleeve Procedure*

You can return to work within 5-7 days after the procedure, eating a full liquid diet as directed by our dietitian, then advancing your diet to puree and soft food within a 4 week period.

You can expect some pain and discomfort following gastric sleeve surgery*; however, the condition can be alleviated with medication. And it is short lived; actually over 90% of patients report no pain beyond the second day after surgery. Follow-up appointments will ensure that you are healing well. We can monitor your new dietary requirements to ensure you are adjusting as needed.

As with any surgical operation, sleeve gastrectomy* has a variety of possible complications, such as leakage, nausea, and many other complications. The surgeon will discuss these with you during your consultation in detail It is very important to know that in most cases, the health risks of morbid obesity far outweigh the risks of a well-planned sleeve gastrectomy procedure.

Advantages

  1. Induces rapid and significant weight loss that comparative studies find similar to that of the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass*
  2. Requires no foreign objects and no postoperative adjustments
  3. Food passage into the intestines is not altered resulting in no malabsorption
  4. Involves a relatively short hospital stay of approximately 1- 2 days
  5. Causes favorable changes in gut hormones that suppress hunger, reduce appetite and improve satiety

Disadvantages

  1. Is a non-reversible procedure
  2. Has the potential for vitamin deficiencies, but less than bypass surgery*

Take the first step and reach out to our Houston bariatric surgeon for help. Dr. Mirza is a compassionate surgeon who can assess your weight loss goals and metabolic needs to determine an appropriate treatment plan for success. To schedule a consultation at First Choice weight Loss call us at (281)888-7767. We can help you to take the first step on the path leading to a healthy, fulfilling life!

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