For patients with significant weight to lose, a sleeve gastrectomy surgery for weight loss may be a good choice. This surgery generally achieves 60% weight loss and can have fewer complications than other bariatric surgeries.
Keep reading to learn more about this procedure.
What is a Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?
In this procedure, a surgeon removes a portion of the stomach, basically converting its shape to a tube or “sleeve.” The direct benefits of this procedure are two-fold.
First, this surgery reduces the size of the stomach, meaning that less food overall can be consumed. From 75-85% of the stomach is removed; however, no foreign object is implanted in the body.
Second, it also removes a portion of the stomach that is thought to secrete a hunger-inducing hormone. The hormone, ghrelin, is often called the “hunger hormone” and plays a part in blood sugar metabolism.
Some patients with type 2 diabetes may see a decrease in their need for oral diabetes management drugs soon after surgery.
What are the Risks of this Surgery?
The risks of a sleeve gastrectomy are similar to risks inherent to any surgery. Your doctor will speak with you regarding your specific risk factors.
After surgery and healing, the greatest risks involve managing nutrition. Patients should also keep in mind that a sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible.
How Successful is a Sleeve Gastrectomy?
While the success of any surgery depends on many factors, studies have shown sleeve gastrectomy surgery to be both safe and successful.
Many patients were able to lose as much as 60% of their excess weight. For patients suffering from weight-related health issues, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, this is significant.
Should You Have Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?
The first step to exploring a weight loss surgery is to meet with a bariatric surgeon, such as the professionals at Maryland Bariatrics. During a consultation (virtual options will be available), the surgeon will be able to assess your health needs and risk factors.
If you’re interested in discussing whether a sleeve gastrectomy would be right for you, call (301) 965-0546.