Gastric Sleeve Surgery and Anesthesia
By Fernando Garcia on February 20, 2014
We've spoken at length on our blog about various facets of the gastric sleeve procedure, including its various benefits, risks, candidacy, and the way that the surgery itself is performed. One aspect of this weight loss procedure that we haven't covered involves the use of anesthetic. We actually receive a number of questions about anesthesia and gastric sleeve surgery from prospective patients.
The team at our bariatric surgery center would like to take a few moments right now to consider questions regarding anesthetic and gastric sleeve surgery. This should give you some perspective regarding the surgical procedure itself and what it involves.
Anesthetic and Gastric Sleeve Surgery
During gastric sleeve surgery, it is customary to use general anesthesia. This renders the patient unconscious during the full duration of the surgical procedure. Usually it takes an hour to perform gastric sleeve surgery.
Why general anesthetic?
General anesthetic is used during gastric sleeve surgery given the nature of the surgery and the work that is involved. It helps keep patients' minds at ease if they are unconscious during the surgical process rather than merely sedated with local anesthetic used.
Is general anesthetic safe?
Yes, it is, and we make sure of that.
When you undergo gastric sleeve surgery with our team, we take all necessary precautions to ensure that your safety. This means making proper checks before surgery, monitoring your vitals during surgery, and making sure that you are going well in the days after your surgery.
Full-Service Hospital Care
We perform all weight loss surgery procedures in a full-service hospital with advanced equipment. This means that we are always able to monitor for potential complications, avoid said complications, and address issues quickly should any urgent care needs arise that affect patient wellness. It's just one of many ways that we ensure a positive experience for every patient.
Pre-Operative Checks Before Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Prior to your weight loss surgery, our team will look at your medical history to determine if there are any potential contraindications with regard to anesthetic, such as allergies, potential adverse side effects when it comes to medications you are taking, and if you suffer from a medical condition that may make general anesthesia potentially harmful. If any issues are found, we will adjust your treatment accordingly and discuss these matters with you before proceeding with the procedure.
Monitoring Your Condition After Gastric Sleeve Surgery
After you undergo the gastric sleeve surgery, you will remain in the full-service hospital for roughly two days before being discharged to your local hotel to recover there. (We should note that we will arrange for you accommodations at a fine hotel in the area, and also use our private driver to shuttle you there when you are cleared.)
This two-night stay at the hospital will allow us to monitor your recovery in those crucial 48 hours after surgery. Not only will be make sure that you come out of the effects of general anesthetic okay, but we will also test the new, smaller stomach pouch to make sure that there are no complications as you heal.
Learn More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
If you would like more information about gastric sleeve and your many other options for advanced 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 achieve excellent health.