A Look at the Long-Term Effects of Sleeve Gastrectomy

A sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve surgery, reduces the size of the stomach to approximately one-fourth of its previous size. This is the restrictive approach to weight loss surgery, as it significantly limits the amount of food the stomach can hold at any given time. As a result, patients are more easily satiated on less food, and can generally lose an average of 70% of their excess body weight. Patients who are considering having the surgery should consult their doctors about the long-term effects of the procedure, as well as to learn about the immediate recovery period.

Sleeve gastrectomy patients can keep the weight off permanently.

No weight loss surgery is a zero-effort approach to health. All bariatric patients must adhere to strict diet and exercise guidelines, or else they risk regaining the weight or not losing enough weight. However, for those who do follow their surgeons’ guidance, sleeve gastrectomy can shed the extra pounds, and keep the weight off permanently.

There is no risk of problems caused by foreign objects placed in the body.

Some patients choose gastric sleeve surgery after having previously undergone a failed gastric banding surgery. A gastric band is a device placed around the stomach to create a small, upper pouch. This is intended to mimic the effects of a surgically reduced stomach. Unfortunately, having a foreign object in the body is associated with a higher risk of certain complications, which is why some patients need to convert to a sleeve gastrectomy instead. Note that every surgery does have some risks, including sleeve gastrectomy.

Patients adjust to significant lifestyle changes over time.

For patients who are new to the idea of bariatrics, the thought of making significant lifestyle changes can be intimidating. But after a while, most patients find that they cease to be perceived as “changes,” and are instead simply “habits.”

Thinking of having sleeve gastrectomy and live near Houston? You can turn to Bariatric Care Centers for the personalized, compassionate guidance you need. Call (713) 339-1353 today, and take the first step toward your journey to a healthier, slimmer you.

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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