A gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) is a type of weight loss procedure that is restrictive in nature. By that we mean that it restricts the number of calories that can be consumed in a single sitting and reduces sensations of hunger. This is contrasted from malabsorptive weight loss surgeries (i.e., procedures that reduce calorie absorption during digestion) and procedures that mix restrictive and malabsorptive approaches.
To achieve this restrictive weight loss, the size of the stomach is reduced, shrinking it so that only so much food can be eaten. We at Tijuana Bariatric Center believe in the immense potential of this procedure, which is why we'd like to consider general notes on candidacy and then consider its numerous benefits.
Good candidates for gastric sleeve surgery are people who are obese and morbidly obese and would like to lose weight quickly and safely. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from conditions that would make a surgical weight loss procedure a risky proposition.
In many cases, candidates for the surgery are experiencing health problems associated with obesity, such as diabetes, hypertension, or serious joint and back pain.
One of the great qualities of gastric sleeve is that the procedure is safe and rather easy. A bariatric surgeon simply reduces the size of the stomach. There is no need to alter more of the digestive tract, and no need to band part of the stomach and make necessary adjustments. The stomach is simply reduced in size. Easy as that.
Malabsorptive and mixed restrictive/malabsorptive weight loss surgeries can be quite invasive. This could involve rerouting the small intestine and creating separate pouches of the stomach to serve different purposes with regard to digestion. These kinds of procedures can be quite invasive, leading to greater risk of complications. Thankfully the gastric sleeve eschews these issues. It's one procedure and addresses just the stomach.
While gastric banding may seem to be a good alternative to the gastric sleeve procedure, it does come with some downsides. During a gastric band procedure, part of the stomach is cinched off with a silicone band to reduce stomach size. The biggest downside is the need for potential band adjustments. By that we mean that the band might slip and require an additional adjustment procedure. The cost of this comes in excess to the upfront cost of the gastric banding. This is simply not an issue with a gastric sleeve.
The most important benefit of gastric sleeve surgery is that it can help you lose weight and feel great about yourself. This can prevent major health problems down the road, and prolong your life in the process. There's a reason we feel so strongly about the gastric sleeve's potential, and why our patients feel the same way we do.
To learn more about gastric sleeve and if it's the right option for you, contact our weight loss surgery center today. We look forward to your visit and helping you lose weight quickly and safely.