As the number of obese population continues to rise there is a renewed interest in surgical cure for obesity. Doctors involved in bariatric surgery are continuously using advanced techniques in performing surgeries that will help patients lose considerable weight in short period of time. Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is favored by many doctors since it offers more stable results after surgery. A person is expected to lose around 50% to 70% of his excess weight after Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery.
It is relatively a newer process of bariatric surgery. The greater curvature of the stomach is removed through the operation to create a tube or sleeve like structure and hence, the name. Sleeve Gastrectomy gives better results than Lap Band surgery and its results are more permanent. It can be performed as a standalone process or as a part of staged operation during gastric bypass.
Sleeve Gastrectomy offers certain advantages over the other forms of bariatric surgeries.
- During the process the nerves and the pylorus aren’t altered and therefore, the surgery doesn’t interfere with the normal functioning of the stomach.
- Further, most of the gastrointestinal tract anatomy remains the same so the food can pass through the intestinal system. It lowers chances of malnutrition and vitamin deficiency in the patient. Calcium and iron are also properly absorbed and therefore, there is lower risk of developing anemia and osteoporosis.
- Since the greater part of the stomach is removed patients report of significant decrease in their food intake ability.
- Reduce chances of developing stomach ulcer and other post surgery complications and unlike lap band surgery, it requires fewer follow ups with the doctor.
- Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy involves minimal invasive process where the surgery is performed through small incisions on the patient resulting in little loss of blood and lesser pain.
- The laparoscopic method also ensures speedier recovery post surgery. Normally, the patient can return to normal course of life and work within two weeks time.
The laparoscopic surgery is performed through five small incisions in patient’s body. The surgery, however, is irreversible and therefore, promises of better weight loss. It permanently reduces one’s food intake capacity and therefore, there is little chance that the patient will put on weight again in the future.
Tummy tuck as a part of body contouring surgery post weight loss operation is popular with patients. It helps patients get tauter abdomen and better and fitter body. The weight loss surgery may not interfere with tummy tuck afterwards but it’s advisable to consult with the doctor prior committing to the treatment.
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