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Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy at ILS Hospitals: A Transformative Step toward Healthier Living

Sleeve gastrectomy, commonly known as gastric sleeve surgery, is a pivotal procedure that serves as both a standalone weight loss solution and a crucial initial step before other surgical interventions. This procedure involves the removal of approximately 80% of the stomach, leaving a slender tube or sleeve that resembles the shape of a banana. The reduced stomach size brings about a sensation of fullness, curbing hunger, and contributing to significant weight loss along with notable health improvements.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Procedure:

  • Laparoscopic Approach:
  • Gastric sleeve surgery is conducted laparoscopically, employing advanced laparoscopic staplers. This minimally invasive technique ensures precision and quicker recovery.
  • Removal of Stomach Section:
  • More than half of the stomach is removed, creating a thin vertical tube or sleeve approximately the size of a banana.

Risks Associated with Sleeve Gastrectomy:

  • Dumping Syndrome:
  • Rapid food movement through the stomach and intestines can lead to dumping syndrome, characterized by symptoms like sweating, nausea, diarrhea, and dizziness. Dietary modifications, guided by a nutritionist, can effectively manage this condition.
  • Staple Line Leak:
  • A discussion with the surgeon is advised to address concerns related to staple line leaks.
  • Potential Weight Regain:
  • Non-compliance with post-operative dietary and exercise recommendations may result in slight weight regain.
  • Long-term Nutritional Deficiencies:
  • Patients not adhering to post-operative nutritional supplements may experience long-term nutritional deficiencies.

Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy:

  • Favourable Changes in Gut Hormones:
  • Sleeve gastrectomy induces positive changes in gut hormones, suppressing hunger by eliminating the portion of the stomach that produces the hunger-stimulating hormone (Ghrelin).
  • Food Intake Restriction:
  • By restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, the surgery facilitates effective weight loss.
  • Irreversible Procedure:
  • Sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible, as a portion of the stomach is permanently removed from the body.
  • Improved Quality of Life:
  • Patients often experience an enhanced quality of life with improved stamina, mood, self-esteem, and body image.

Pre and Post Gastric Sleeve Surgery Instructions:

  • Pre-Surgery:
  • Restriction of alcohol and tobacco is advised for the pre and post-operative period.
  • Adherence to prescribed medications and essential tests is crucial.
  • Post-Surgery:
  • Patients typically begin walking on the same day as the surgery.
  • Hospitalization lasts 3-4 days, with discharge occurring when oral fluid intake reaches 1.5 – 2 litres per day.
  • Dressings are removed during the first follow-up, scheduled between the 7th to 10th days after surgery.

Important Considerations:

  • Admission and Follow-up:
  • Patients are admitted one day prior to surgery after comprehensive pre-operative investigations.
  • Follow-up appointments and adherence to a written diet plan are essential post-surgery.
  • Regular follow-ups in the first year are advised, with an average expected weight loss of 70% of excess body weight per month.
  • Health Improvements:
  • Significant improvements are observed in obesity-related medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
  • Medication adjustments, if needed, should be done under the guidance of a physician.

Sleeve gastrectomy at ILS Hospitals is a life-altering surgery, offering individuals a transformative path to healthier living. Prospective patients are encouraged to consult with our experienced team for personalized guidance and support on their weight loss journey.

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