A Look at Stomach Stretching After a Sleeve Gastrectomy

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When you are considering types of weight loss surgery, one question you may have about the sleeve gastrectomy procedure is whether your stomach will stretch after surgery. Your weight loss surgeon will review all of your options and help you weigh the pros and cons of each option. If you are considering gastric sleeve surgery in Houston, here is what you need to know about the risk of stomach stretching.

What is stomach stretching?
During gastric sleeve surgery, a portion of your stomach is removed, so that it is able to hold less food. In doing so, your doctor is able to curb your appetite and also help to restore balance to the hormones that control hunger and satiety. Together, these effects of sleeve gastrectomy help you to lose weight quickly and achieve your weight loss goals. However, because your stomach is lined with folds of tissue that expand to accommodate the food you eat, it is possible to stretch your stomach after surgery. When your stomach tissue stretches for a brief time, a hormone signal is released to tell your brain you are full. However, if you binge frequently and stretch your stomach on a regular basis to the point of pain, these signals will become skewed, and your appetite will increase. Further, it will take more food to satisfy your hunger. These factors can decrease the effectiveness of your weight loss surgery and lead to weight gain.

How can stomach stretching be avoided?
To reduce your risk, closely follow the diet recommended by your weight loss surgeon after your sleeve gastrectomy. Avoid carbonated drinks, which put pressure on your stomach and can stretch the tissue, and instead, drink water one hour before or after you eat, so that there is just enough room in your stomach for your food during mealtimes. Practice portion control for all meals and snacks. If you do overeat, keep in mind that you haven’t ruined your weight loss surgery results. Get back to your plan as soon as possible so that stomach stretching doesn’t occur, or even to reverse in stretching that started, booking an appointment with Dr. Mirza, or your weight loss surgeon, if you feel any stomach stretching could be very helpful to educate you of many ways we could address that issue, before it is too late.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

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