What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to assist individuals struggling with obesity in achieving significant weight loss and improving overall health. This minimally invasive procedure involves the removal of a portion of the stomach, reducing its size and capacity to hold food.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery DiagramHow it is done

During the gastric sleeve procedure, the surgeon removes approximately 75-80% of the stomach, leaving behind a sleeve-shaped tube or pouch that resembles the shape and size of a banana. By reducing the stomach’s size, the amount of food it can hold is significantly decreased, leading to feelings of fullness with smaller meals. Additionally, the portion of the stomach responsible for producing the hunger hormone ghrelin is often removed, reducing appetite and cravings.

Technique of the Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is typically performed laparoscopically, using small incisions and a camera-equipped instrument called a laparoscope. This approach minimises post-operative pain, reduces the risk of complications, and speeds up recovery time compared to traditional open surgery.

What to Expect After Surgery?

Patients undergoing gastric sleeve surgery can expect to achieve substantial weight loss within the first year following the procedure, with many experiencing improvements in obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. However, it’s essential to understand that gastric sleeve surgery is a tool to aid weight loss and must be accompanied by lifestyle changes, including adopting a healthy diet and incorporating regular exercise, to achieve long-term success.

It is important

Before considering this weight loss surgery, patients undergo thorough evaluations, including medical assessments and consultations with a multidisciplinary team, to ensure they are suitable candidates and understand the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.

In summary, gastric sleeve surgery is an effective and safe option for individuals struggling with obesity to achieve significant weight loss and improve their overall health. With advancements in surgical techniques, patients can undergo this procedure with confidence, knowing they have a supportive team guiding them towards a healthier future.

Izzettin Kahraman, MD
Bariatric Surgery Center

Estexper Clinic
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