What are the benefits of a sleeve gastrectomy?
A sleeve gastrectomy is the most common weight loss procedure performed in the United States. It is typically performed as a robotic laparoscopic surgery. During surgery, about 80% of your stomach is removed leaving a tubular shaped stomach about the size of a medium banana.
The benefits of this surgery for those who meet the requirements for surgery are many.
Significant Weight Loss
The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is restrictive which requires you to eat less food. In addition, the portion of the stomach that produces the hunger hormone – ghrelin – is removed so your hunger tends to be lower. The surgery results in an average loss of 50-75% of your excess weight. So, if you are 100 pounds over your ideal body weight you can expect to lose 50-75 pounds or more.
Improvement in Other Obesity-Related Conditions
With significant weight loss, other health issues associated with being obese tend to improve or be eliminated entirely such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. This can reduce your need for medications and lowers your risk of complications associated with such conditions.
Reduced Risk of Other Health Issues
With significant weight loss, your risk of other health issues such as stroke, cancer and infertility are reduced.
The recovery period after a sleeve gastrectomy is relatively short compared to more extensive weight loss surgeries. Most patients can return to normal activities within a few weeks.
Improved Quality of Life
While weight loss surgery does require permanent lifestyle changes, we see our patients embrace their success and enjoy these benefits along with many non-scale victories such as a more active lifestyle, less joint pain, more energy and more. The transformation is truly amazing.