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Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical weight loss procedure designed to help individuals achieve substantial and sustainable weight loss. It involves permanently reducing the size of the stomach to create a smaller, sleeve-like shape. This transformation limits the amount of food the stomach can hold, resulting in reduced calorie intake and promoting weight loss.


During the procedure, the surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach, leaving behind a narrower tube or "sleeve." This reshaped stomach not only holds less food but also produces fewer hunger-inducing hormones, helping patients feel full with smaller portions and experience decreased appetite.

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Before and after

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Step-by-step procedure

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Potential risks

While these risks and complications exist, most individuals experience successful outcomes.

As long as you follow the pre-operative and post-operative guidelines, attend follow-up appointments, and make the necessary lifestyle changes, you too will have a successful surgery.

1. Surgical Risks:

  • Infection: Incision sites or within the abdomen.

  • Bleeding: Bleeding can occur during or after surgery and may require additional intervention.

  • Leakage: There is a small risk of leakage along the staple line that connects the remaining stomach.

  • Blood Clots: Blood clots can form in the legs or lungs due to reduced mobility after surgery.

  • Adverse Reaction: Anesthesia carries a small risk of adverse reactions, although complications are rare.


2. Complications During Recovery:

  • Nausea and Vomiting: Due to the body adjusting to the new stomach size.

  • Dumping Syndrome: Characterized by symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and rapid heartbeat after consuming high-fat or sugary foods.

  • Dehydration: Limited food intake can lead to dehydration if fluid intake isn't sufficient.

  • Constipation: Changes in diet and reduced food intake can lead to constipation.


3. Nutritional Deficiencies:

  • Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies: Reduced stomach size can impact the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals, leading to deficiencies over time.

  • Protein Malnutrition: Inadequate protein intake can lead to muscle loss.


4. Long-Term Considerations:

  • Weight Regain: While gastric sleeve surgery can result in significant weight loss, it's possible to regain weight over time if lifestyle changes aren't maintained.

  • Stomach Stretching: Overeating or not following dietary guidelines can lead to the stomach stretching over time.

  • Gallstones: Rapid weight loss can increase the risk of gallstones forming.


5. Psychological and Emotional Impact:

  • Body Image Issues: Some individuals may experience body image issues or difficulty adjusting to their changing appearance.

  • Emotional Changes: Adjusting to a new relationship with food and managing emotional eating can be challenging.

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