There is no doubt that surgery has changed humankind. Nowadays surgical treatments allow us to live longer, healthier lives and look better.
Obesity is currently considered to be a global health problem, with one person in three being overweight. When classical nutritional and behavioral approaches fail, bariatric surgery can help.
Gastric Sleeve surgery is a proven safe and effective procedure for weight loss. While gastric sleeve surgery is the newest of the “approved” surgeries for weight loss, it has quickly gained favor from physicians and patients alike. The surgery may soon surpass Lap Band and gastric bypass in popularity.
Being overweight carries an increased risk of heart disease, an increased risk of developing diabetes, higher risk of complications from diabetes, increased risk of cancer, high blood pressure, higher levels of cholesterol, sleep apnea, and much more. The diseases caused or commonly associated with obesity and are referred to as co-morbidities.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach along the greater curvature. The result is a sleeve or tube like structure. The procedure is generally performed laparoscopically and is irreversible.
Why choose sleeve gastrectomy surgery?
- It’s quicker and technically easier than gastric bypass surgery.
- It results in an average of 60% excess weight loss.
- More weight loss than Lap Band and slightly less than gastric bypass.
- Reduces hunger.
- Does not produce dumping syndrome like gastric bypass.
- Does not require band adjustments like Lap Band surgery.
- Weight loss is rapid. The majority of weight loss occurs in the first year after surgery.