The given timeframes are approximate. The surgeon will decide on a precise plan based on an individualized assessment.
What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Gastric Sleeve Surgery, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), is a highly popular and effective weight loss procedure that enables rapid and significant weight reduction. The surgery encompasses the removal of approximately 80% of the stomach, resulting in a tubular pouch resembling a banana. This procedure reduces the production of hunger-causing hormones, leading to decreased overall hunger sensation. After the operation, patients have less appetite and feel full sooner during meals, resulting in effective weight loss. As the narrowing of the stomach encourages a reduction in calorie intake, patients often experience significant weight loss in the months following the operation. With low complication rates, rapid weight reduction, and a shorter surgical duration compared to alternative procedures, Gastric Sleeve surgery has become a popular choice for individuals seeking long-term weight loss solutions.
Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Suitable for You?
For those facing persistent challenges in achieving lasting weight loss, despite dedicated efforts in diet and exercise, Gastric Sleeve Surgery stands out as a transformative solution. If your BMI remains stubbornly above 30, impacting both your physical and mental well-being, and you grapple with issues such as chronic low back pain, persistent fatigue, shortness of breath, excessive sweating, joint discomfort in the knees and hips, low self-esteem, confidence struggles, and sleep disorders or apnea, Gastric Sleeve Surgery offers a tailored path toward a trimmer, more resilient, and healthier body. It's not just a procedure; it's a strategic step toward optimizing your overall wellness.
Before the Procedure
As this is a major surgery, it is important for patients to undergo a thorough evaluation and preparation process. This includes a comprehensive medical examination including blood tests, imaging studies, and consultation with the surgeon, dietitian, and psychologist. This evaluation and preparation process helps ensure that patients are mentally and physically ready for the Gastric Sleeve surgery. During the evaluation, the surgeon will assess the patient's overall health, body mass index, and determine if they are a suitable candidate for the procedure. The dietitian will provide guidance on post-operative dietary changes and help the patient understand the importance of following a healthy eating plan after the surgery. Additionally, the psychologist will evaluate the patient's emotional well-being and provide support to address any underlying psychological factors that may affect their journey towards weight loss. This comprehensive evaluation and preparation process aims to optimize the patient's chances of a successful outcome and long-term weight management.
During the Procedure
Endoscopy monitoring will take place as the first step of your procedure and the final step of your medical evaluation process to make sure that your stomach is in the proper condition for the procedure. Once all of your test results are reviewed and any necessary preparations are made, you will be ready to undergo the procedure.
During the procedure, the medical team will ensure your comfort and safety by administering anaesthesia and closely monitoring your vital signs. The surgeon will make small incisions on your abdomen and insert a laparoscope, a tiny camera that allows them to see inside your abdomen. With the double sealing technique, the surgeon will secure the stomach and create a smaller pouch, limiting the amount of food it can hold. In order to detect any leakage, your stomach will be filled with blue liquid at the end of the operation. Once the surgery is finished, you will be taken to a recovery room where you will be closely observed until you fully wake up from anaesthesia.
After the Procedure
After the procedure, you will be closely monitored in the recovery room to ensure your vital signs stabilise and you wake up fully from anesthesia. Our patient coordinators will be there with you to provide any necessary assistance and answer any questions you may have. They will also give you instructions on post-operative care and what to expect during your recovery period. Additionally, you will be given pain medication to manage any discomfort you may experience.
The length of your hospital stay will depend on factors such as your overall health and the surgeon's recommendations. Typically, patients stay in the hospital for a day or two after gastric sleeve surgery. During your hospital stay, the medical team will closely monitor your progress and check for any signs of complications. They will also encourage you to start moving around and walking as soon as possible to promote healing and prevent blood clots. Once you are discharged, you will continue to have regular follow-ups with our patient coordinators to ensure that your recovery is going smoothly.
Diet After Gastric Sleeve Surgery
After gastric sleeve surgery, the post-operative diet is carried out in stages, each designed to help the stomach heal and adapt to its reduced size. For the first few days, a clear liquid diet is recommended, including water, broths and sugar-free products. Then, over the next two weeks, you switch to a complete liquid diet, including protein shakes and low-fat dairy products. During the pureed feeding phase, which runs from the second to the fourth week, foods such as well-blended soups, pureed vegetables and soft proteins become staple foods.
The diet continues with soft meals in weeks five and six, incorporating moist, easy-to-chew foods such as tender meats and cooked vegetables. As the weeks progress, the gradual reintroduction of a greater variety of foods is encouraged. The emphasis is on balanced, protein-rich meals, eaten in small, frequent portions to prevent the stomach from becoming distended.
Throughout these dietary transitions, maintaining proper hydration and incorporating regular exercise is also important for overall health and well-being. Portion control remains crucial, with an emphasis on stopping eating when satisfied. Adequate protein intake is prioritized to support healing and prevent muscle loss. High-calorie and high-sugar foods are to be avoided, and any prescribed supplements, such as vitamins and minerals, should be diligently incorporated to prevent nutritional deficiencies.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will I Need to Make Permanent Changes to My Diet After Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Yes, a permanent change in eating habits is essential for success after sleeve gastrectomy. Follow a specific diet plan that gradually introduces different food textures and types, focusing on protein and nutrient-rich foods.
What Can I Do To Minimize Loose Skin After Significant Weight Loss?
Engage in regular exercise, stay well-hydrated, and maintain a balanced diet to help minimize loose skin. In some cases, additional medical procedures may be considered to address excess skin.
What Are The Body Shaping Options Available After A Successful Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery is often considered the initial step in achieving significant weight loss and body transformation. After successful weight loss, individuals may explore additional body shaping procedures, such as tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift, breast lift, etc. Our experienced team at Tour Medical can provide comprehensive consultations to help plan the next steps in your body transformation journey, tailored to your specific needs and goals.
How much weight can I expect to lose after Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Weight loss varies, but many patients experience significant and sustainable weight reduction. The amount lost depends on individual factors and adherence to postoperative guidelines.
Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery reversible?
Unlike some procedures, Gastric Sleeve Surgery is irreversible due to the removal of a portion of the stomach.
Can I still enjoy my favorite foods after Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
While the surgery reduces stomach capacity, small amounts of a variety of foods can be consumed. However, it's essential to focus on nutrient-dense choices.
What are the potential risks and complications of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Although considered safe, risks include bleeding, infection, and rare complications. Your healthcare team will discuss these in detail before the procedure.
By choosing Gastric Sleeve Surgery, you're taking a significant step towards achieving your weight loss goals and improving your overall well-being. Contact us today to start your transformative journey!
What is the recovery process like?
Our esteemed organization serves as a facilitator between patients and doctors, ensuring a seamless recovery process through comprehensive pre-operative and post-operative care guidance. Our dedicated team works closely with qualified doctors to guarantee optimal outcomes and a smooth transition towards a successful recovery.