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Weight Loss Using Gastric Sleeve Surgery

By Estelle Larsen

Obesity and overweight can be surgically treated in a way that is not the same with cosmetic surgery. This is a form of weight loss where part of the digestive tract is removed in order to control absorption. Restrictive and Malabsorptive are types of surgery that can be done. Restrictive removes portion of the stomach in order for it to take in less amount food which cuts the over intake. Malabsorptive is a bypass in the tract where food no longer goes to either the gastric tract or the stomach.

Malabsorptive surgery has a lot of complications when done as a stand alone procedure. The cost for a gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico starts at forty six hundred dollars while in the United States it would be around fifteen thousand to around twenty five thousand dollars. This can be a stand alone procedure.

Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is the full terminology. It removes eighty five percent of stomach leaving only a tube or small sleeve. The stomach can originally hold 3 pints or so of food, but after surgery it can only take just a couple of ounces. Although it will increase slowly and stretch after a few weeks and months.

An open procedure is done via several small incisions on the abdomen. A few instruments are slid inside to do the incisions and cuts. Also, a special tiny camera would be used as guide for the entire duration, hence it is called a Laparoscopic procedure.

Having this approach is a huge step for treatment in obesity. This should be considered when the methods for medicine, exercise, and diet have no effect on the patient anymore. This surgery type is actually part of an overall procedure called the duodenal switch. Is is later on included as part of the gastric bypass procedure. The bypass is no longer done in a stand alone process due to a lot of risks and complications.

This takes about one and a half hours. The patient needs to stay in for two to three nights for recovery. The healing process is surprisingly fast and most patients are able to go back to their normal activities after three weeks.

A few complications may arise. Infection, blood clots, appetite loss, sleeve leaking, nausea, stomach pains due to esophageal spasms, and vomiting are what would likely to happen. Diarrhea is also possible due to dumping syndrome which dumps the food too quick towards the small intestines.

Your doctor will assist you and give you instructions what to do for the entire duration of the process of healing. It would either take a month or maybe two for it to fully heal, and during this liquid or soft foods would be the only food that can be handled by the stomach. Keep yourself hydrated for the whole day and bowel movements end up less often although this is entirely normal. Avoid being constipated as well.

The recorded success rate on the weight loss of most patients is about sixty six percent. That is more than half of their initial weight compared to the loss of other procedures which goes from forty one to sixty two percent. It is important to follow the instructions of the doctor as well to maintain safety of recovery. A realistic approach and added methods for weight loss would definitely help as well.

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