Anyone who has explored the potential of weight loss surgery to help them shed pounds and adopt a healthier lifestyle knows there are lots of options available. One particular surgical procedure, however, is continuing to gain ground in popularity. The gastric sleeve procedure, or sleeve gastrectomy, is beginning to overtake gastric bypasses for a few very good reasons.
The gastric sleeve procedure involves the surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach. Roughly 70 percent of its volume (holding capacity) is removed. The stomach is then reshaped to resemble a banana or “sleeve,” to complete the procedure. In addition to shrinking stomach holding capacity, the sleeve procedure also involves the removal of the portion of the stomach that creates hunger-causing hormones.
Although similar in concept to the bypass, the sleeve procedure does have some distinct differences. This operation does not involve the rerouting of the digestive system. That means concerns about vitamin deficiencies are not necessarily present, which is seen by many to be a huge benefit. There are others though, including:
• Effectiveness – Over the course of roughly three years, people tend to lose about 80 percent of their goal weight. They will generally see a stabilization of weight after about five years, but the weight loss benefit tends to continue to assist with maintenance.
• Somewhat less invasive – The sleeve procedure is considered less invasive overall than the gastric bypass simply because the small intestine isn’t rerouted. This, as mentioned, can be a big benefit for those worried about postoperative nutrition. What’s more, the procedure is often performed laparoscopically, which tends to be much less invasive and has a faster recovery time.
For people who are obese, losing weight can dramatically improve health while lowering the risks of serious complications. The gastric sleeve procedure may offer the solution required. To find out more about bariatric surgery and its benefits, consult with a licensed healthcare provider.