What Is Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery

Are you considering gastric sleeve surgery because you’ve tried diets and exercise for years and still have a lot of weight to lose? You’ll want to know the risks and benefits, what makes someone a good candidate for the operation, and what long-term commitments you need to make to keep the results.In this operation, surgeons remove part of your stomach and join the remaining portions together to make a new banana-sized stomach or “sleeve.” With just a small sack (about 1/10th the size of your original stomach), you’ll feel full a lot quicker than you did before. You won’t be able to eat as much as you used to, which helps you lose weight. Plus, the gastric sleeve surgery removes the part of your stomach that makes a hormone that boosts your appetite.

It’s Different From Gastric Bypass

In gastric bypass, the surgeon makes a small pouch that skips most of your stomach, going straight to the intestine.Gastric sleeve surgery is best for people who have a BMI (body mass index) of at least 40. That means you’re 100 pounds or more over your ideal weight. Some people are too heavy for gastric bypass surgery, so it may be a good alternative.

What Happens

The surgery takes about an hour. Your surgeon will make a few small cuts in your stomach and insert a laparoscope — an instrument with a tiny camera that sends pictures to a monitor. The surgeon will then insert other medical instruments through the additional cuts and remove 3/4 of your stomach. Finally, he’ll reattach the rest of your stomach to form the “sleeve” or tube.You might be in hospital about 2 or 3 days. The procedure is permanent.

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