The Results of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
By Fernando Garcia on February 28, 2014
Gastric sleeve surgery is a great option to consider if you are morbidly obese and would like to achieve a more ideal body weight for your frame. By visiting our bariatric surgery center, you will be able to learn more about all of your options for surgical weight loss and which might be most helpful to you and your needs.
Many patients wonder about the results of gastric sleeve surgery and what those are like. We'd like to take a moment right now to consider the results of gastric sleeve surgery and what you can expect from care.
About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Some basics about gastric sleeve first. Gastric sleeve surgery is a procedure in which the overall size of the stomach is permanently altered. This reduces the stomach to the size of a banana.
In reducing the stomach size in this way, the presence of the Ghrelin hormone is reduced, meaning diminished sensations of hunger. This combined with the reduction of stomach size allows patients to lose weight.
How does gastric sleeve compare to LAP BAND surgery?
With gastric sleeve surgery, there are no secondary surgeries or adjustment surgeries required as there are with LAP BAND surgery. This means that results of surgery are generally more convenient overall.
How does gastric sleeve compare to gastric bypass surgery?
The gastric bypass surgery is far more invasive that the gastric sleeve surgery. Since there is more revision of the digestive system, healing times tend to be longer. In general, though, comparable results are possible with gastric bypass surgery.
How much weight loss can I expect?
The rate of weight loss and total amount of weight loss will vary from patient to patient. The height and pre-surgery weight of the patient will have a major affect on the overall effectiveness of care.
On average, people tend to lose about 60% of their excess weight from the surgery. If patients are serious about their diet and exercise, it is likely that they will lose more than 60% of the excess weight.
Aesthetic Results of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
In terms of appearance, patients will notice that their skin will seem loose or saggy due to the weight loss they experience. This is normal given the nature of skin laxity. The skin will shrink back a certain degree, but the only sure way of removing the loose and drooping skin is to undergo body contouring surgery with a plastic surgeon. This can be discussed in greatly detail during the consultation process.
Long-Term Results of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Long-term results of gastric surgery are great overall, with patients losing a considerable amount of excess weight, reducing the chances of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and so on.
As patients become accustomed to their new dietary habits and lifestyle changes, the difficulties of adjustment will pass, allowing them to experience better self-esteem and an improved sense of wellness.
Learn More About Weight Loss Surgery
If you would like to learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can be of great benefit to you and your needs, be sure to contact our Tijuana weight loss surgery center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make smart decisions about you surgical weight loss options.