A popular option for people who want to lose weight fast
The gastric sleeve procedure removes about 80 percent of the stomach, reducing it to a thin vertical sleeve shape. The operation is done laparoscopically, meaning the surgeon makes small incisions and uses a small camera (laparoscope) and small instruments. The procedure is also known as a gastrectomy. Like other bariatric weight-loss surgeries, it restricts how much you can eat comfortably. It makes you feel full faster. Patients are usually at the hospitals for two days post-surgery.
Is the gastric sleeve right for me?
- You must commit to making lifestyle changes for gastric bypass surgery to be successful. It is a permanent and non-reversible procedure.
- The procedure is usually reserved for people whose BMI is greater than 40.
- If you have a BMI between 35 and 39.9 accompanied by a life-threatening condition such as heart disease or diabetes, you might be a candidate.
- If you have BMI between 35 and 39.9 and physical limitations are affecting your job, mobility and other quality-of-life issues, you might also be a candidate.
What are some of the benefits of gastric sleeve?
- Long-term weight loss
- Improvement of obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Better stamina and mobility
- Higher self-esteem and better mood
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