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There are a few stomach surgery procedures that are designed to help limit the intake of food and thereby facilitate significant weight loss in obese patients. Gastric sleeve is one example of a Anaheim stomach surgery intended to help patients lose weight.
During gastric sleeve surgery, part of the stomach is surgically removed, and the remaining stomach is reconfigured – typically in the shape and size of a banana. The smaller stomach holds less food, and thus the patient feels fuller faster. This feeling of fullness results in less food consumption.
Gastric sleeve surgery can be performed open or laparoscopically through smaller slit-size openings in the skin. Depending on whether your surgery is laparoscopic or open will determine the degree of discomfort you will experience after surgery. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided after surgery and until your doctor feels that your body has healed sufficiently to partake in physical activity.
Post-surgery you will have to follow rigorous eating regimen until you can tolerate solid foods well. Your doctor may have you on a liquid diet and progress to soft foods and more solid foods as time goes on and you can tolerate these foods. Getting the best results from your surgery regarding weight loss and regarding a speedy recovery will depend in large part on how well you can follow your doctor’s instructions and adopt a new lifestyle based on healthier eating and physical exercise.
Patients have reported a loss of up to 50% of their excess weight following this stomach surgery. It is, however, not without risks including blood clots, infection, peritonitis, gallstones, anemia and osteoporosis caused by lack of nutrients. Other problems associated with the procedure include dumping syndrome, nausea and vomiting. These conditions can be well-managed by limiting food consumption and avoiding certain foods.
The most successful patients are those that follow their physician’s diet protocol and who adopt some form of regular exercise program to keep the lost weight off throughout their lifetime.
Stomach surgery may be indicated for obese patients with a BMI (body mass index) of over 40 or for those with a BMI near 35 who have significant health problems and must lose weight. Some health conditions, such as diabetes, may improve after surgery as weight decreases. And while no surgery is without risk, the benefits of gastric sleeve stomach surgery may outweigh the risks and lead to a healthier and more active life.