Overweight and obesity are among the greatest health problems facing Americans today. Excess weight brings with it a host of other conditions, including high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and increased risk for diabetes and fatty liver disease, which can also lead to cirrhosis. Many people find it difficult to lose enough weight on their own to be considered healthy. People who are overweight or obese and who have not been able to lose enough weight through diet and exercise now have the option of gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy.
What is gastric sleeve surgery, and how does it compare to gastric bypass and lap band surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery reduces the stomach to about 25 percent of its original size by removing a large portion along the outer curve; what remains resembles a “sleeve,” hence the name of the procedure. As with gastric bypass and lap band surgery, this procedure results in a smaller stomach and a reduced storage capacity. With a new stomach that is roughly the size of a large banana, the patient will only be able to eat small portions of food at one time.
This is normally a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) outpatient procedure, meaning that you will be able to go home on the day of your surgery. Unlike other bariatric surgery options, the sleeve gastrectomy cannot be reversed.
What are the benefits and risks of sleeve gastrectomy?
As with other bariatric procedures such as gastric bypass and lap band surgery, the patient will have a reduced capacity for consuming food. Following the procedure, patients are generally able to lose the desired amount of weight. However, complications are more likely to occur in people who do not eat a healthy diet, adhere to portion control guidelines or exercise following the surgery.
Though uncommon, certain post-surgical complications may occur, including sleeve leaking, blood clots, nausea and delays in movement of digested food from the stomach to the small intestine. As with any other surgical procedure, the risk for blood clots is higher in patients who are inactive following surgery. At a minimum, the patient should get up and walk around for short periods while recovering from surgery at home.
Dr. Ramy Awad at Desert Surgical & Bariatric Specialists is one of the top bariatric surgeons in Palm Springs and specializes in gastric sleeve and all other bariatric procedures. Let Dr. Awad perform your gastric sleeve in the Palm Springs area so that you can achieve your weight loss goals.
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