Gastric sleeve surgery can reduce the size of the stomach to help patients lose weight. Because a minimally invasive technique is used, sleeve surgery typically takes less than an hour and recovery is about 15 days. While this surgery can help patients lose significant weight in about four to six months, long-term results require serious dedication to a healthier lifestyle.
A gastric sleeve is a bariatric procedure that involves the removal of 80% of your stomach, leaving a sleeve-like portion behind, reducing the amount of food you are able to eat, but nutrients will still be absorbed as your food is digested. Patients need to be aware of that for this form of bariatric surgery, it is important to know the success rate is high with long-lasting results but is also dependent on your commitment to losing weight, keeping it off, eating right, and leading an active, healthy lifestyle.
The procedure takes about 45 minutes in patients who haven't previously had surgery on that side of the stomach. One of the benefits of having the laparoscopic gastric sleeve is that you will recover faster and be able to walk four hours after surgery with minor discomfort, and drinking fluids 24 hours after surgery as well. And the recovery takes about 15 days to return to work and resume normal activities within a month. It is a life-changing procedure because, in most cases, patients will reduce their body weight by more than half in just four to six months, giving you a great advantage to get your life back.