What Does the Gastric Sleeve Procedure Involve
What Does the Gastric Sleeve Procedure Involve?Gastric sleeve surgery is done through a small incision in the abdomen and uses very small instruments and a tiny camera to view the stomach and perform the procedure. More than half of the stomach is removed, leaving a vertical, sleeve-like tube of stomach tissue that is then stapled closed. The smaller volume means you will require much less food, facilitating weight loss. Side effects can include diarrhea, nausea or acid reflux problems. Your physician will provide instructions for self-care after surgery, which should be followed carefully.
Why Are Requirements Needed for the Gastric Sleeve Procedure?Like any surgery, the gastric sleeve procedure, part of a category known as bariatric surgery, involves certain inherent risks. Being obesity can involve conditions that increase the risks of surgery. Therefore, physicians carefully screen their patients to ensure that they can undergo the procedure safely and with an expectation of a successful outcome.
What Are the Requirements?A number of special criteria are used to determine whether gastric sleeve or other bariatric surgery procedures are indicated:
- Body mass index (BMI) over 40, BMI may be 35 if certain health conditions are present
- The individual is 80 to 100 pounds overweight
- The individual has tried to lose weight unsuccessfully on multiple occasions
- Between the age of 14 and 75
- Individuals have realistic expectations and are motivated
- The individual understands the risks of surgery and required actions after surgery
- The individual is committed to following a diet, vitamin supplementation, exercise, and required follow-up after surgery.