(Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy)

Gastric Sleeve surgery involves removing the lateral two-thirds of the stomach with a stapling device. The procedure is done using keyhole or laparoscopic surgery. The remaining stomach is more like a tube or ‘sleeve’ than a sac. It is estimated that the remaining stomach has about a 100 to 200ml capacity. It works by making you feel “full” sooner, therefore you will eat less.

Is it effective?

Most people who have gastric sleeve surgery have been found to achieve long term weight loss, but it is contingent on keeping to a new lifestyle inclusive of movement and diet changes. Studies have shown that after a gastric sleeve resection procedure, patients show improvement in obesity related health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnoea.

What are the risks?

As with all major surgical procedures, gastric sleeve surgery comes with the risk of post-operative complications such as infections, pneumonia and bleeding. As the procedure involves stapling part of the stomach, leakage is always possible. If leakage occurs, it may cause infection and other health problems. The more obese you are prior to surgery, the higher the risk of complications. However, medical statistics indicate low mortality (risk of dying).

How long will recovery take?

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes one to two hours.
We anticipate your stay in the hospital for two or three days, then recovery at home for two weeks. Your recovery should be fast and smooth, provided that you follow the dietitian’s instructions. You should avoid any heavy lifting for four weeks to allow the wound to heal. You should be able to return to work after 2-4 weeks, depending on your type of work (standardly two weeks).

You will be on a fluid diet for one week post operatively, then you will slowly progress to pureed foods, soft foods, before returning to solid food at approximately 6 weeks.

Movement and regular exercise will assist in helping you return to work as soon as possible.

Gastric Sleeve

Ask Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre about a Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve surgery, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a type of bariatric surgery in which the size of the stomach is reduced by about 75% to restrict food intake. After the procedure, the stomach is about a quarter of its previous size and can hold much less food. This technique is commonly used and has a high success rate for patients with BMIs over 40.

Tips for Getting More Value Out of Surgical Weight Management on the Sunshine Coast

Bariatric surgery is major surgery. However, almost everyone who undergoes it says that they would do it again. Here are some tips for recovery that will help you get the best results and feel better sooner after your procedure.

  • Stick to your post-op diet. Don’t just skim over your eating instructions; study them carefully and follow them to the letter. Tell yourself that cheating is not an option. Now is the time to develop brand-new habits that will benefit you for life.
  • Walk every day. Start walking as soon as possible post-surgery, consulting with your doctor on how much exercise is safe. Gradually build up distance over time and make a long walk a regular part of your daily life.
  • Stay positive. It’s easy to sink into depression when you’re frustrated and in pain. However, a positive mindset can help you heal faster. Focus on small accomplishments and attend a support group for some extra encouragement.

What You Should Know about Gastric Sleeve Surgery

It’s important to understand the surgery you’ll be having and the best ways to take care of yourself afterwards. Here are some facts you should know about your procedure.

  • It’s different from gastric bypass. In gastric sleeve surgery, your surgeon will remove a portion of your stomach to form a new ‘sleeve’ that’s about the size of a banana.
  • Surgery is typically done laparoscopically. Laparoscopic surgeries require only small incisions and usually have fewer complications and shorter recovery times.
  • You’ll be on a liquid diet for a week. Followed by 3 weeks of pureed food and 2 weeks of soft. After 6 weeks, you will switch back to solid foods.
  • You can expect to lose about 60% of your excess weight. If you follow your doctor’s instructions and stick to your diet and exercise program, you will likely lose over half of your excess weight during the first 12 to 18 months.

You will most likely need to take some vitamins or other supplements permanently; your doctor will instruct you on which ones, as everyone’s nutritional needs are a little different.

Why You Should Use Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre

At Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre, we have 20 years’ experience and have helped many patients lose weight, feel better, and improve their quality of life. If you are ready to make the lifestyle changes you need to make and think weight-loss surgery might be for you, contact us today.