Also known as the vertical sleeve gastrectomy, this procedure has become the most popular weight loss surgical procedure over the last 8-10 years. This procedures involves removing approximately 85% of the volume of the stomach leaving a sleeve shaped stomach which is going to significantly decrease the amount a person can eat.
Gastric Sleeve Q & A
What is a gastric sleeve procedure?
Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a popular weight loss procedure in which a large part of the stomach is removed. The remaining part of your stomach is about the size of a banana. This new, smaller stomach is called a “sleeve” and is only about one tenth the size of your stomach before surgery.
Because of your smaller stomach, you feel full a lot faster than you did before. Over 12-18 months, people usually lose about 60% of their extra weight.
What happens during the gastric sleeve procedure?
There is a pre-op diet you need to follow for two weeks before your surgery. On the day of your surgery, you receive general anesthesia. Dr. Hargroder then performs the gastric sleeve procedure laparoscopically, meaning it’s minimally-invasive, and only goes through tiny incisions in your stomach. He inserts instruments through these incisions, removing about three-fourths of your stomach, and then re-attaches the remaining parts of it.
Overall, the procedure takes about an hour, and you may be in the hospital up to two or three days.
What is gastric sleeve recovery like?
The first day after surgery, you should drink clear liquids only. About four weeks after your procedure, you can eat pureed foods or things like protein drinks. After the first month, you can slowly begin to eat solid foods.
It’s also critical to be committed to a healthy diet and plenty of exercise post-procedure. Dr. Hargroder and his nutritionist offer diet and lifestyle counseling to help you stay on track.
Am I a good candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?
Patients with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 are good candidates for gastric sleeves. That means that you’re probably 100 pounds or more over your ideal weight. Some people are too heavy for gastric bypass surgery, so gastric sleeve surgery may be a good alternative.
If you’re interested in gastric sleeve surgery or have questions about it, Dr. Hargroder can help you determine whether it is a good fit for you. Schedule a consultation today to learn more.
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