The long-term results of gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy) surgery are good, but optimal weight loss can be maintained through smart diet and regular exercise.
Hiatal hernias can complicate bariatic surgery. These occur when part of the stomach pushes past the hiatus, an opening in the diaphragm separating the abdomen from the chest.
Many gastric sleeve patients can take NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) after surgery, but gastric bypass and banding patients cannot.
Acid reflux (GERD) can sometimes be made worse by gastric sleeve surgery. Find out why heartburn may be more serious following sleeve gastrectomy.
If a gastric sleeve surgery does not work as planned, it can be converted to a gastric bypass or duodenal switch. Revision can improve results.
Gastritis is a potential side effect/risk after gastric sleeve is performed, but it can be treated by your bariatric surgeon with relative ease.
Blood clots may occur after a gastric sleeve surgery has been performed. Bariatric surgeons and patients can prevent clots through various means.
Smoking negatively effects the results of gastric sleeve and other bariatric procedures. Patients should avoid tobacco before and after surgery.
Gastric sleeve patients can drink alcoholic beverages after fully healing, but such beverages should be reintroduced to the diet slowly and gradually.
Women can get pregnant after gastric sleeve or any kind of weight loss surgery. That said, bariatric procedures will require patients to be especially attentive.