Understanding the Gastric Sleeve Surgery Procedure
Gastric sleeve surgery is the leading surgical weight loss procedure performed in the United States. It has helped countless individuals achieve their weight loss goals, while, at the same time, helped them start living a healthier lifestyle. The procedure involves removing a portion of the stomach and making it smaller.
Post-surgery, patients consume less food and feel fuller faster because they now have a smaller stomach. As a result, they notice a reduction in weight fairly quickly. Long-term weight loss can be significant and amount to between 60 and 80% of excess weight.
However, before the surgical procedure is performed, there are several steps patients must go through to determine whether they are an ideal candidate. The first step is to schedule a consultation appointment with a qualified bariatric surgeon.
During the consultation, your surgeon will discuss your prior weight loss attempts and which methods you used. They will also gather some general information about your overall health and well-being, such as your body mass index (BMI) and current medical conditions.
The purpose of this visit is to determine whether weight loss surgery is indicated for you, and to understand the major health benefits that it could provide you and also any possible risks involved. After the initial consultation, patients meet with a nutritionist to discuss how to eat healthier and start adjusting their diet.
The nutritionist may also recommend specific types of exercises, with doctor approval, or refer you to a fitness coach. The objective of these visits is to have you take the steps you will need to follow post-surgery now, so you will be well-adjusted after the surgery.
In some cases, patients will start to notice they are losing weight by simply changing their diet and exercising more. As such, your bariatric surgeon may request you continue with this type of weight loss with ongoing support from your nutritionist and/or fitness coach.
For other patients, where it is more difficult to lose weight, even when following a new diet and exercise program, then preparations will be made to proceed with the surgery as indicated. Furthermore, if patients have existing medical conditions associated with their weight, like hypertension, diabetes, or sleep apnea, then they may still be considered an ideal candidate.
It is important to keep in mind, sleeve surgery is a life-altering procedure. It cannot be reversed once it is finished. In addition, the success of patients does require making a long-term commitment to follow all requirements. Furthermore, patients must fully cooperate with their surgeon and weight loss specialists.
The sleeve surgery procedure is fairly straightforward, but it does have certain risks your surgeon will inform you of prior to surgery. Patients should expect a short hospital stay and initial recovery period for few weeks afterward. During this time, diets are gradually advanced from liquids to pureed then solid foods.
If you feel you are ready to make a long-term weight loss commitment and start living a healthier life, then gastric sleeve weight loss surgery may be right for you. Please feel free to contact 1st Choice Weight Loss at (281) 888-7767 to schedule a consultation today!
DISCLAIMER: The above is provided for general information purposes only. All individuals should consult with their primary care provider prior to following or using any advice, recommendations or surgical procedures contained in our articles, blogs, or videos. Every individual has their own specific needs and limitations of which only treating physicians will be fully aware of these.