Gastric Sleeve surgery, also known as a Sleeve Gastrectomy, is an option if you’re facing the challenge of managing your weight in the long term.
It cannot only help patients lose weight but also manage heart conditions, type 2 diabetes and infertility.
Time in Theatre
1 - 2 Hours
Return to Work
Expected Within 6 - 8 Weeks
Gastric Sleeve surgery falls under the category of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery). It involves the removal of around 80% of the stomach, creating a 'sleeve' shape.
This alteration reduces the amount of food you consume while preserving nutrient absorption, resulting in gradual and safe weight loss.
It's important to be aware that cosmetic surgery costs are subject to change and are dependent on the patient's physical requirements and desired outcome.
Patients will be given a guide price during their eConsult and a fixed cost during the surgeon consultation.
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For those struggling with losing weight, Gastric Sleeve surgery offers numerous advantages, including:
Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
Lower blood pressure
Reduced strain on weight-bearing joints
Enhanced heart health
Increased energy levels
Benefits specific to gastric sleeve surgery include:
Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure
Sustainable, long-term weight loss
Suppression of appetite-inducing hormone (ghrelin)
Potential loss of 62-63% of excess weight
Like any type of surgery, Gastric Sleeve surgery carries risks and side effects, such as:
Low blood sugar
It's important to note that Gastric Sleeve surgery is irreversible and involves its own anaesthetic-related risks and side effects.
After a full health assessment, your MYA surgeon will run through all possible side effects during your consultations, and highlight how likely you are to experience them, so you know exactly what to expect.
It's important to be aware that mild side effects will be expected due to such a big change internally. However, if you're worried about how you're feeling post-op don't hesitate to call your local MYA clinical hub for some guidance.
Prior to your Sleeve Gastrectomy, you'll be given general anaesthesia to ensure you remain unconscious and comfortable throughout the procedure. Here's a glimpse of the process:
Surgeons create small incisions in the upper abdomen
A laparoscope(small tube), equipped with a camera, is inserted through one incision, providing a visual guide
A portion of the stomach is removed, and the remaining part is shaped into a long, sleeve-like tube
The whole process takes around 1-2 hours depending on physical requirements and the desired/most suitable outcome.
If your body mass index (BMI) exceeds 40 or is above 35 with weight-related ailments like type 2 diabetes, Gastric Sleeve surgery could be a solution. Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery is also used to resolve conditions like:
High blood pressure
Severe sleep apnea
Gastric Sleeve surgery doesn't mean you'll experience rapid weight loss. In order to achieve the best results and lose weight effectively, you need to be ready to adopt a new lifestyle and dietary habits post-surgery is essential. This includes regular and high-intensity exercise habits, as well as a healthy, balanced diet.
Following the procedure, a night's stay in the hospital ensures a smooth recovery. You may experience initial discomfort and swelling in the stomach, which is manageable with suitable pain relief.
You're also likely to experience:
Hair loss and thinning
These symptoms are likely to reduce after the first 6 months and are just your body reacting to a sudden change in weight.
Guidance on your post-surgery diet will be provided, starting with a liquid diet for the first two weeks, followed by pureed food in week three and soft food in week four.
To maintain your health, you will need to take a multivitamin twice a day and calcium supplements. To help with your body's blood and nerve cells, a B-12 injection is also recommended once a month.
Expect some discomfort and fatigue initially, gradually improving as your body adapts to the digestive system changes. Plan for up to 2 weeks off work, with a return to your usual routine, including exercise, after 6 weeks.
Take the first step in your MYA journey by having a video eConsult from the convenience of your own home with one of our eConsult advisors.
Gastric sleeve surgery is not reversible due to the alteration in stomach shape. However, it can be converted into an alternative procedure if necessary.
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