A Brief Introduction To Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Obesity is a disease that is affecting more and more people these days. Just a diet and exercise can’t cure obesity for every individual. A bariatric surgery is required to get a permanent solution.

There are mainly 4 types of bariatric surgery. One of them is vertical Sleeve gastrectomy, which is a quite common procedure.

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Here we will discuss Sleeve Gastrectomy method in brief.

Sleeve gastrectomy, a well-executed obesity procedure, attains weight loss by restricting the amount of the food intake. This procedure is usually performed laparoscopically. The surgeon reduces approximately 75 percent of the stomach. As a result, the stomach becomes in the shape of a tube that can only hold much lesser food.

As per statistics, the average weight loss attained by this procedure is usually 60% or more of the excess weight. Better results are obtained with good adherence to dietary and behavioral guidelines. By adopting smarter food choices, along with regular exercise and proper eating habits, patients undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy can enjoy weight loss for a lifetime.

The procedure ‘sleeve gastrectomy’, is preferred by many as it involves no foreign body implants (in contrast with the adjustable gastric band procedure) and no rerouting intestinal rearrangement (in contrast with the gastric bypass procedure). Most patients have effective and speedy recovery, while they can comfortably enjoy a wide variety of foods.

Removing a portion of the stomach also limits the hormone ‘ghrelin’, the “hunger hormone.” Thereby, many people find less consumption quite manageable. Afterall they feel much less hunger after undergoing the sleeve gastrectomy. Ghrelin also plays a role in the overall level of blood sugar metabolism. Thus, people with type II diabetes often no longer need diabetes medications after the sleeve gastrectomy.

Benefits of Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy:

The procedure results in effective weight loss. Patients often experience as much as 50% or more weight loss of their excess weight in three years. The surgery does not require implantation of a band, nor does it re-route the digestive process. Hormonal changes after the operation help patients to feel sated, eat less, as well as improve or resolve diabetes.

Sleeve gastrectomy, like other procedures, is non-reversible. If the patient does not follow the directions given by their doctors rightly, this surgery will not work properly. So, sticking to guidelines before and after surgery is recommended to enjoy every benefit provided by this procedure.

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