Good Candidates for Gastric Sleeve Surgery
By Tijuana Bariatrics on January 31, 2014
There are many options out there for losing weight through bariatric surgery, but we feel that the gastric sleeve is certainly one of the best to consider. There are many benefits to the gastric sleeve that make it an ideal option for treatment in our minds. We're sure that after comparing gastric sleeve to other types of surgeries, patients will agree and will opt to undergo a gastric sleeve if they are in fact good candidates.
With that in mind, the team here at our bariatric surgery center would like to take a few moments right now to consider candidacy for gastric sleeve surgery. Some people are more ideal for the surgery than others, so this blog post should give you some idea if it's ideal for you.
About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve (also known as a sleeve gastrectomy) involves the reduction of the stomach size through surgical means. Rather than having a normally sized stomach pouch, the patient will have a stomach pouch that is the size of a banana. This reduces feelings of hunger and also reduces the amount of calories that a patient consumes.
General Candidacy for Weight Loss Surgery
The best candidates for gastric sleeve surgery are people who are morbidly obese (BMI of 40 or greater) and have been unable to lose weight naturally through diet and exercise. These patients should be at least 18 years old and generally no older than 65. It's important that patients not suffer from drug or alcohol addiction as both can have a major affect on the health of the patient and the patient's viability for any weight loss surgery.
Understanding Risks and Benefits of Surgery
While gastric sleeve surgery has been proven safe an effective at our practice time and again, it's important that patients understand both the risks and the benefits that are involved in the procedure. This will help patients understand the basics of recovery and provide realistic expectations about what the surgery entails (e.g., side efffects, potential complications, etc.).
Realistic Expectations About Life After Surgery
More than anything, undergoing bariatric surgery is a major lifestyle change that shouldn't be taken lightly. Patients will need too adjust their diet and take all of our instructions for care seriously. A gastric sleeve surgery is a real commitment to wellness and to your body, so patients need to understand all of what surgery involves and be willing to commit to the various lifestyle changes that come along with the procedure for the years ahead.
Helping You Make the Right Decision
During your consultation process, we will be sure to answer all of your questions and address your concerns so that you can make the most well-informed decisions about your weight loss options. We are here for you and want you to succeed in losing weight and becoming healthy.
Learn More About Your Bariatric Surgery Options
If you would like to learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and your many other options for surgical weight loss, be sure to contact our Tijuana bariatric surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best decisions with regard to all of your weight loss goals.