Dr Mario Camelo and Dr. Luis Cazeras

Gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) is a surgical procedure used to treat obesity. Obesity is not only growing in vast numbers through the United States but affects people worldwide. The main concern is the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of people around the globe.  Many people suffering from obesity have major health risks and this is why gastric sleeve surgery is an ideal tool for so many people. Obesity health risks can include the following:

  • Diabetes (type 2
  • Joint problems (e.g. Arthritis)
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart diseases
  • Gallbladder infection
  • Incontinence
  • Problems with infertility and pregnancy
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Certain types of cancer (e.g breast, uterine, colon)
  • And more…

This surgical option serves as a lifesaver for many with obesity challenges, but how does it work?

Gastric Sleeve Surgery works because…

Gastric sleeve surgery is known as a restrictive surgical procedure because the size of the stomach is reduced to about 15% of its normal size. The stomach becoming smaller allows for restriction of food intake and this means fewer calories are digested allowing one to lose weight. This procedure is carried out laparoscopically and it involves stapling of the stomach after removal of the larger portion of the stomach.

This procedure is relatively safe. Regardless, this is still surgery we are talking about here. There are pros and cons to all surgical procedures, here we uncover the pros and cons of the gastric sleeve procedure.

Pros of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

This procedure has a number of advantages, some of the advantages include:

  •  Less post-operative monitoring as no adjustment is required.
  • This procedure removes most of the ghrelin- secretory area of the stomach and hence reduces hunger.
  • It also reduces appetite as a large volume of the stomach has been removed, thereby reducing the volume of food intake.
  • A large percentage of excess weight loss can be achieved rapidly.
  • There are no malabsorption issues compared to other gastrectomy surgeries.
  • No intestinal bypass and its associated risks.
  • Performed laparoscopically.
  • There is no dumping syndrome because the pyloric portion of the stomach is not affected.
  • In addition, there are no foreign bodies used as in the lap band procedure.

Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Despite the numerous pros of gastric sleeve surgery over other bariatric surgeries, there are few disadvantages. These disadvantages include:

  • Staple line leakages are a risk; however, Lighter Dream does leak tests for preventive measures.
  • Expansion of the sleeve over time, which may lead to serious health risk. Lighter Dream does perform bariatric revisions if you should need.
  • There is a higher potential for inadequate weight loss or weight regain compared to intestinal bypass surgeries.
  • It is irreversible.

Gastric sleeve surgery is very popular among patients, and preferred by many surgeons, as this is a pretty safe surgery to perform and great results are expected and found. Contact Lighter Dream to see if this procedure is right for you.

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