Sleeve Gastrectomy Becomes Most Popular Surgical Weight Loss Option

For years people who have struggled with their weight have found the gastric bypass the most popular option for weight loss surgery. That’s not the case any longer. According to a recently released study from the Cleveland Clinic, sleeve gastrectomy procedures now account for nearly half of all weight loss procedures performed in the United States.

The clinic’s findings were based on a study of some 72,000 patients who underwent bariatric surgery between 2010 and 2013. Back in 2010, the sleeve procedure amounted to only about 9.3 percent of all those performed while the gastric bypass held the lion’s share at 58.4 percent. By 2013, however, the tables turned with sleeve procedures accounting for 49 percent and bypasses only about 43.8 percent. Gastric banding was also counted, but it accounted for only 6 percent of all procedures in 2013.

The rise in popularity of sleeve procedures is being attributed to a number of factors. Firstly, this procedure has come into its own as far as research related to its safety and effectiveness are concerned. Secondly, the procedure is considered slightly less invasive than a gastric bypass. While both procedures involve the surgical removal of a portion of the stomach, the sleeve procedure does not involve the same intensity as the gastric bypass, which reroutes the digestive system a bit to promote weight loss.

The sleeve procedure involves the removal of a portion of the stomach. The remaining piece of the organ is then shaped into a sleeve with a banana-like appearance. This permanent alteration of the stomach is meant to promote weight loss by lowering the holding capacity of the stomach.

Bariatric procedures, such as the sleeve gastrectomy, are generally reserved for people who are considered severely obese or who have weight-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes. To learn more about all the options, consult with a healthcare provider.

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Tips for Avoiding Discomfort After Gallbladder Removal

Gallbladder surgery is designed to relieve chronic, often severe, pain. That, however, doesn’t mean that discomfort doesn’t go along with prospect of having this organ removal. While gallbladder surgery will stop those sharp, incredibly painful flare ups, learning to live without a gallbladder does take a little getting used to. Fortunately, there are some tips that can help.

Keep in mind the gallbladder isn’t an essential organ. It is, however, an important part of the digestive process. That means the body will have some acclimating to do when it is removed. In the process, people may find they suffer from digestive discomforts when consuming foods and drinks.  These tips can keep discomfort to a minimum:

•    Take it easy when adding foods back into the diet – It’s a good idea to avoid solid foods in the first few days after surgery. Liquids, broth and gelatin are often the best bets. This is especially so while the surgical site is especially tender.
•    Eat small – Opting for smaller portion sizes can help greatly in the days following surgery. Low-fat foods are also especially helpful since they don’t necessarily demand the bile that the gallbladder once held to digest.
•    Keep track of foods – It’s a good idea to keep a food journal as foods are reintroduced into the diet. This makes it easier to avoid foods down the road that create particular problems.
•    Take care with high-fiber foods – Adding fiber back into the diet after surgery is important, but do take it easy. It’s best to avoid these at first as they can contribute to gas, which can be especially uncomfortable right after surgery.

Gallbladder surgery is typically an outpatient prospect that delivers strong results. Even so, recovery can take a little time. If any symptoms are especially alarming, be sure to check with a healthcare provider for advice. A little discomfort is normal following surgery, but extreme symptoms are not.