Learn about Gastric Sleeve? An overview of what gastric sleeve is, and why so many patients are willing to have this newer bariatric surgery?
Gastric Sleeve is the new kid on the block when talking about bariatric surgery. With so many happy and satisfied patients I think this could become the most common form of bariatric surgery.
Obesity has developed into a gigantic portion in the United States. According to the CDC, more than 33 % of American are obese. Medical cost related to obesity was projected to be 147 billion dollars. Because of the rising incidence of obesity, the significance of bariatric surgery is being extensively recognized.
A Brief Summary of Gastric Sleeve Surgery.
The Gastric Sleeve also has many other names which sometimes can be confusing. Here are a few of the names so we have a better understanding. Vertical Sleeve, Gastrectomy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, partial Gastrectomy, VSG. Gastric Sleeve Surgery is the removal of a large portion of the stomach. After surgery, it looks, like a banana or a tube. The portion that is removed contained the hormone named ghrelin which is the hunger hormones. This is one of the reasons this surgery is so successful.
This surgery is performed on persons with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more. If your BMI is 35 or greater and you have 2 or more co-morbidities then you also can qualify for Gastric sleeve surgery. The Co-morbidities can be as follows, Hypertension, Sleep apnea, heart disease, Diabetes, Asthma, Gerd.
Advantages of Gastric Sleeve
• No changing of the digestive system
• Can be performed by laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgery.
• Changes the size of the stomach to limit the amount of food that can be eaten.
• Low risk of having dumping syndrome compared to Gastric by-pass.
Disadvantages of Gastric Sleeve
• The procedure is irreversible, a portion of the stomach is removed.
• It does not always produce the weight loss the patient is expecting.
• The sleeve can be stretched out and you could gain some of your weight back.
• Hand the most life threatening disadvantage would be a leak. During the first 3 months, you are at increased risk for the leak. My Bariatric surgeon was very particular about what food you eat during that time frame. If you have a leak, fluids leak out of the stomach and you can get a serious infection.
Gastric sleeve surgery is safe, but with any surgery, there are risk and benefits. Having an experienced surgeon will ensure you have a greater chance of success. Being your own patient advocate, and educate yourself is one of the best things for yourself and your family. Find some great information and supplies from Amazon
Gastric sleeve surgery article by CNN