Gastric Sleeve Operation and Surgery
The gastric sleeve surgery uses the latest innovation in weight loss surgery and is our most popular option for our those struggling with obesity and in particular those who suffer from morbid obesity (co-morbidity).
You can expect to see a reduction in excess body weight of at least 70% over a 12 month period* with this type of surgery.
Medically referred to as the Sleeve Gastrectomy, this surgery works by reducing your stomach size by 75%, thus restricting the amount of food you can eat to help you achieve good long-term weight loss.
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How Much Weight Can I Lose With Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
You Can Expect To Lose Up To 70% of Excess Body Weight In 12 Months.*
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*Individual results may vary. Refer to our disclaimer
What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Originally gastric sleeve was used as the first stage of a two stage operation with the second part being performed at a later date. However the results have been so encouraging that the first stage in most people is enough to achieve good long term weight loss.
The gastric sleeve, also known as Sleeve Gastrectomy, helps you lose weight effectively by restricting the amount of food you can eat through the removal of 75% of the stomach via simple and non-invasive keyhole surgery.
This type of surgery is reserved for those considered to be morbidly obese with a BMI usually over 40 – not sure of your BMI? Check here.
Gastric Sleeve surgery is most often performed to potentially save a patients’ life.
How Does Gastric Sleeve Help Me Lose Weight?
The sleeve gastrectomy helps you lose weight in these ways:
- By limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at any one time to less than ⅓ of what you can eat now.
- By limiting the amount of fluid you can drink at any one time.
- By decreasing the level of a gut hormone called Ghrelin making you feel less hungry.
There are also less complications with a Gastric Sleeve than those of a Gastric Bypass while still allowing for significant loss of excess weight. In patients with a high BMI and inadequate weight loss, the Sleeve can be converted to a Gastric Bypass in a second operation with much less risk (after initial weight loss has occurred).
Pros of Gastric Sleeve:
- Stomach volume is reduced in size, but it functions normally so food can be eaten in only small amounts. The types of foods eaten are not altered
- Minimizes the chance of an ulcer occurring in the stomach
- Has only a small risk of bowel blockage or vomiting from a blocked stomach. Much less risk of food intolerance than after a gastric band
- Very effective as a first stage procedure for high BMI patients (BMI >55 kg/m2)
- If there are problems with the small bowel that make it impossible to perform a gastric bypass, this is another option (along with the Gastric Band) for surgery
- Can be performed via keyhole surgery much more easily than the gastric bypass
- Short hospital stay
- Early return to work
- Less pain than for open surgery (large cut necessary)
Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery:
- This surgery is not reversible because the stomach is partly removed and thus cannot be replaced.
- Patients with a high BMI may need further surgery (Gastric Bypass) if weight loss is inadequate
- As with all the restrictive types of operations, soft foods and fluids that are high in calories are not restricted, and inadequate weight loss may result. Foods such as ice cream, cheeses, dips, soft drinks, chocolate must be taken sparingly
- During this procedure, part of the stomach is removed. The remainder of the stomach that is left, must be closed. This is done with a stapling instrument which in some cases, has been known to create holes where the staples have been inserted. This is known as a ‘leak’ and may have an impact on your recovery
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What Does Weight Loss Surgery Cost?
The costs of having weight loss surgery are made up of a number of sources:
- Hospital charges for bed stay
- Hospital charges for operating theatre session
- Equipment used in the operating theatre session. This includes the gastric band itself or for other weight loss operations, the stapling devices.
- Professional fees charged by the surgeon, anaesthetist and assistant
Am I A Good Candidate For Weight Loss Surgery?
Guidelines for obesity surgery are fairly rigid. They are established by obesity surgical societies (OSSANZ and IFSO) and government bodies (National Institutes of Health) to ensure the safety and efficacy of the operations.
You may be a candidate if:
- You are more than 40kg above your ideal weight
- Your BMI is above 40kg/m2 or,
- Your BMI is above 35 and you have a medical condition associated with obesity (co-morbidity)
Check with our BMI Calculator to see if you qualify for weight loss surgery.
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Results From Weight Loss Surgery
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