A sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery may not be suitable for extremely overweight individuals as the surgery itself can be life-threatening. In some cases, it’s best to wait and lose some weight under physician supervision and with the help of well-planned diet and exercise program before undergoing surgery.
Discharge From Hospital
Patient is required to stay 4 nights in the hospital
The patient should stop using blood thinners such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E at least 2 weeks before the gastric sleeve surgery. At least 3 weeks before the surgery, the patient should stop smoking as it can interfere with the anesthesia and then the recovery period.
How It Is Performed
The patient is administered general anesthesia, and the surgeon may begin to work on removing part of the stomach and the fundus. Since gastric sleeve surgery is a laparoscopic procedure, around 6 incisions are created around the abdomen area. During the gastric sleeve surgery, the surgeon removes most of the stomach. The remaining part of the stomach is joined together using surgical staples. A long tube or banana-shaped stomach has been created when this process completes and the small cuts(incisions) used are stitched closed. The entire surgery takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
At the end of the operation, around 25% of the stomach will remain and function as normal, still connected to the small intestine and the esophagus.
Patients usually spend around 4 days in hospital after the surgery and the whole recovery period lasts about 4 weeks, after which they can safely return to work and their daily activities. Patients need to follow a special sleeve gastrectomy diet during the recovery period, effectively avoiding solid food for a few weeks.In this way, the recovery will be more comfortable and the adaptation of the "new" stomach to the body and the systems can be achieved more smoothly.
Gastric sleeve complications are rare, but they can happen. The frequency of complications depends on the patient’s state of health, the technique used by the surgeon and the general situation of the recovery period. Gastric sleeve complications can include:
● Leaking of the sleeve ● Bleeding ● Infection ● Formation of blood clots ● Gastroparesis ● Pain in the esophagus ● Vagus nerve damage
● Sleeve dilation
● Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD):
Around 3% of patients suffer from any gastric sleeve complications in the first 30 days after a sleeve gastrectomy.
Gastric sleeve side effects can include: ● Nausea from the anesthesia ● Aversion to foods ● Vomiting
Gastric sleeve has a 99% success rate according to patients’ reviews on their surgery results. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery can help patients live a healthy life and improve eating habits according to the reviews.
Before And After
The amount of weight the patient loses after gastric sleeve surgery or sleeve gastrectomy depends on the patient’s determination to follow the doctor’s post-op instructions. A proper diet needs to be followed regularly and kept following consistently.
What Are the Other Benefits Of A Sleeve Gastrectomy? Gastric sleeve surgery can help patients suffering from: ● Diabetes ● High blood pressure ● High levels of fat in the blood ●Obstructive sleep apnea ●And any other conditions patients suffer due to the excess weight. Gastric Sleeve Vs. Gastric Bypass – What Is the Difference? In gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is divided into two parts and the smaller stomach gets connected to the small intestine. The procedure can be performed either open or laparoscopic, and the laparoscopic surgery being the more preferred choice among two.
Which Foods Should I Avoid in My Sleeve Gastrectomy Diet? Patients should avoid the following foods and drinks during their post-op diet: ● Sodas ● Honey ●Sugary foods ● Alcohol ● Ice cream ● Any fried foods
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content teamin July, 2019.