Gastric sleeve surgery is The #1 weight loss procedure in The US. With sleeve gastrectomy, patients can expect to see an average weight loss of 2-5 pounds each week and a 70% loss of excess weight within 6-12 months after surgery. If you are considering surgery with the gastric sleeve procedure, read on to get a look at what you might expect before and after your operation.
Preparing for surgery
Prior to surgery, you will want to talk to your primary physician about your current medications and any existing conditions that may affect your surgical risks. If you smoke, you should quit reducing the risk of post-operative infections and complications. You might also change your diet to boost your nutrient intake and bolster your immune system; our registered dietitian will counsel you about that in details prior to surgery.
Recovering at home
Once you return home from the hospital, you will be limited to a full liquid diet, since the stomach will take time to heal and effectively process solid foods. You may need to be out of work for a one or more weeks depending on your job needs, and you should avoid any strenuous tasks once you do get back to your work routine for the first four weeks. Checkups with your surgeon will be integral to your recovery, so you will not want to miss these appointments. Under the care of Dr. Mirza at Bariatric Care Centers, you will have lifelong support with follow-up visits to ensure a complete recovery and long-term weight loss success.
Building a new lifestyle
Sleeve gastrectomy works by reducing the size of the stomach with the creation of a narrow sleeve in the stomach. Without the lifestyle changes, however, the weight loss could plateau or weight gain could be experienced later on. Therefore, you should be prepared to make a commitment to a new lifestyle before you have surgery.
To learn if sleeve gastrectomy is the right surgery for your weight loss needs, connect with Bariatric Care Centers. Our center hosts regular seminars and offer free one-on-one consultation with Dr. Mirza to provide an overview of all your bariatric surgery options in Houston, so you can make an informed decision about your care.
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.