You are overweight and have tried literally everything to get rid of that extra flab, but of no use. But don’t lose hope as there is still an option left for you, the weight loss surgery. This surgery is generally recommended for men who are 100 pounds overweight and for women who are 80 pounds overweight. Also referred to as Gastric Sleeve, the weight loss surgery is growing high in demand due to its high success rate.
What is the Process for the Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Well, during this procedure, the bariatric surgeon will remove 85 percent of the stomach so that the stomach takes the shape of a tube or sleeve. But instead of making large incisions, the surgeon makes small incisions laparoscopically. The tube-shaped stomach is then sealed and closed with staples.
Sometimes, the gastric sleeve surgery is pursued by a gastric bypass surgery, which is less risky now. Had it been the first and only procedure, it would have been more risky. This takes place once the patient has lost a considerable amount of weight, but generally occurs within six to 18 months after the first surgery. Weight loss surgery limits the quantity of food you can eat. It is seen that most people who have this surgery lose weight quickly. But you have to keep an eye on what you eat and follow a daily exercise routine to keep the weight off.
But before you go for the weight loss surgery, you need to prepare your body for it. You will be asked to quit smoking, as it raises risks for pneumonia, other infections and many serious complications post surgery. Ideally speaking, you should give up smoking if you really want to lead a healthy life style. But you must give up smoking at least a month before the gastric sleeve surgery. You may also be asked by the surgeon to go on special diets before the procedure.
A couple of the risks and complications involved in Gastric sleeve surgery may include hernias, infections and blood clots. After the weigh loss surgery, your abdomen may remain sore and swollen for several days. You will be given medication for comfort and ease any pain. There may be some scarring but this can be easily hidden by your clothing. You will remain on healthy liquid-only diet for the first two weeks, followed by two weeks of semi-solid and then finally the solids.