The Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
By Fernando Garcia on December 30, 2013
When it comes to undergoing weight loss surgery, there are plenty of options out there to consider. Many people are familiar with gastric bypass surgery and gastric banding surgery, but there is another surgical weight loss option that can also be very effective: gastric sleeve surgery.
By meeting with a bariatric surgeon, you will be able to learn more about your many options for surgical weight loss. Right now, we'd like to consider the many different advantages of gastric sleeve surgery and why it may be just the procedure you need for effective surgical weight loss treatment.
What is gastric sleeve surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive weight loss procedure, meaning that it restricts the amount of calories that a person can consume thereby causing the person to lose weight. This is achieved through the reduction of a patient's overall stomach size. A normal stomach is pouch shaped, though following gastric sleeve surgery, the stomach becomes banana shaped.
Reduced Sensations of Hunger
In addition to reduced calorie consumption, patients will actually experience reduced sensations of hunger as a result of gastric sleeve surgery. When the stomach size is reduced, it removes the part of the stomach that's responsible for the Ghrelin hormone, which causes sensations of hunger. By reducing hunger, patients will also not feel the need to consume as much food, also contributing to reduced calorie consumption.
Relatively Quick Surgery
The gastric sleeve surgery is relatively quick. In general, the procedure takes only one hour to perform. This is great since there is not has much time under general anesthetic and the surgical recovery time is a little shorter than other weight loss surgeries.
Comparatively Less Invasive Than Some Weight Loss Surgeries
The gastric bypass surgery is effective and yet quite invasive, requiring revision of the stomach as well as the intestines. By comparison, the gastric sleeve surgery only involves the revision of the stomach, meaning a less invasive means of surgical weight loss.
Low Maintenance Compared to Certain Weight Loss Surgeries
While gastric banding surgery is quite popular, it often requires multiple adjustment procedures in order to alter the fit of the gastric band. By comparison, gastric sleeve surgery requires no adjustment procedures after the initial surgery, meaning lower maintenance for surgical weight loss.
High Rates of Success
The success rates of gastric sleeve surgery are high, with patients achieving successful weight loss at a comparable level as gastric bypass surgery. This is yet another important benefit to consider with regard to gastric sleeve surgery.
Making the Best Decision for Your Needs
Given that there are multiple means for achieving your ideal weight, it's important to us that patients understand all of the advantages of each surgical procedure while also considering the risks. During the consultation process, we will be sure to go over all of these matters in full detail so that you can make the best decision for yourself with regard to all of your weight loss goals.
Learn More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and your many options available for surgical weight loss and weight management, we encourage you to contact our Tijuana bariatric surgery and center today. By meeting with members of our team, you will be able to get all of the information that you need to make well-informed decisions to meet your weight loss goals.