Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Are you considering gastric sleeve surgery because you’ve tried diets and exercise for years and still have a lot of weight to lose? In this type of surgery, part of the stomach is removed, leaving the remaining part in the form of a sleeve or tube, which connects the esophagus to the small intestine. The gastric sleeve helps reduce the stomach’s surface up to 70%, leaving it to approximately the size of a tennis ball. It is a procedure that does not alter the digestive system and allows for a faster recovery after surgery.
The surgery takes about an hour. Your surgeon will make a few small cuts in your belly and insert a laparoscope—an instrument with a tiny camera that sends pictures to a monitor. The surgeon will then insert other medical instruments through the additional cuts. You might be in the hospital for about 2 or 3 days. The procedure is permanent.
Pros and Cons of Sleeve Surgery
- Weight loss is greater and faster.
- Short stay in the hospital.
- It cannot be reversed.
- Increased risk of problems related to surgery.
- Shortage of vitamins and multinutrients in the body.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery it’s different from Gastric Bypass Surgery
In a gastric bypass, the surgeon makes a small pouch that skips most of your stomach, going straight to the intestine. Gastric sleeve surgery is best for people who have a body mass index of at least 40. That means you’re 100-pounds or more over your ideal weight. Some people are too heavy for gastric bypass surgery, so it may be a good alternative.
New Eating Habits after a Gastric Bypass Surgery
The first day after surgery, you’ll drink clear liquids. By the time you leave the hospital, you will be able to eat puréed foods and protein shakes and will continue to do so for about 4 weeks. Keep in mind that you have to change the way you eat forever. After the first month, you’ll switch to eating soft solid foods very slowly. Other pointers to keep in mind:
- Everything must be chewed thoroughly before being swallowed.
- Don’t drink while you eat, as this might cause your new stomach to overfill.
- Drink liquids a half-hour after finishing a meal.
- Avoid high-calorie sodas and snacks.
- Take vitamin and mineral supplements every day.
After 2 or 3 months, you can move on to regular meals. But remember, you will not be able to eat as much as you used to.