Introduction to Gastric Sleeve
Gastric sleeve, or the sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical procedure often aimed at aiding weight loss by removing a portion of the stomach.
What is a Gastric Sleeve?
Gastric sleeve, or the sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical procedure often aimed at aiding weight loss by removing a portion of the stomach. A gastrectomy can range in the nature of the procedure from the removal of the entire stomach to simply the part of the stomach connecting to the oesophagus. A sleeve gastrectomy however specifically involves the removal of the left “bulge” of the stomach. The procedure is used to treat severe obesity, gastric cancers and chronic peptic ulcers.
How is a Gastric Sleeve performed?
While you are under general anaesthetic the surgeon makes an incision into your abdomen and removes the left part of your stomach. The aim of this procedure is to reduce the volume of the stomach and allow you to feel fuller faster. This procedure can be undergone via open surgery or keyhole surgery, the latter of which involves making multiple smaller incisions to reduce the invasiveness of the procedure.
How to prepare for a Gastric Sleeve?
After a medical examination you may be asked to make certain preparations for the surgery such as not eating for a specified time beforehand. You may have to make alterations to your current medication intake and stop taking certain medications before the procedure.
What happens after a Gastric Sleeve?
As this is can be an invasive operation recovery can take some time, requiring a hospital stay and intravenous nutrition for up to two weeks. After the procedure depending on your condition you may have to make lifestyle changes such as diet, physical therapy and perhaps nutrient supplementation due to the reduced digestive ability of you gastrointestinal tract.