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Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Miami
It’s no secret that Obesity is one of the greatest public health threats in the United States. Over 72 million Americans are obese. This is particularly concerning given that obesity is also one of the primary causes of preventable death in the US.
Yet many people still struggle to keep weight off. In the case of those for whom diet and exercise is not enough, having a gastric sleeve surgery performed can be an excellent solution. Studies have consistently shown that bariatric surgery is the most effective and long-lasting treatment for obesity.
According to Robin Blackstone, MD, President of ASMBS, “Sleeve gastrectomy has proven itself to be a safe and effective option in patients with morbid obesity and this procedure should be considered a primary procedure for weight loss and obesity-related disease improvement and resolution.”
What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Performed laparoscopically in a hospital, Gastric Sleeve Surgery begins with micro-incisions in the abdomen to accommodate instruments and a camera. The surgeon inserts a sizer into the stomach, and then proceeds to staple a seam to divide the portion of the stomach, which is then excised.
The remaining portion of the stomach is about the size of a small banana, allowing the patient to consume less food in order to feel full. Over time, this provides a long-term solution to the patient’s chronic obesity. Patients can expect to see results after about a year or two, provided the patient has properly adhered to the recommended diet.
Since most gastric sleeve surgeries are performed laparoscopically, patients only receive very small incisions and gastric sleeve surgery recovery time is typically on the shorter end. Patients usually spend 2-5 days in the clinic after the operation before returning home. Some pain and nausea are common during this time. Patients are generally advised to avoid strenuous physical activity for anywhere from 3-6 weeks.
Before having the procedure performed, patients are advised to follow a gastric sleeve pre op diet. This usually just means restricting food intake to liquids for 2-3 days before the operation. A similar diet is typically recommended for about a week afterwards. After that, the gastric sleeve post op diet begins to graduate to soft foods and protein shakes, with patients able to consume things like mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs by the beginning of the third week of recovery. It is crucial that patients keep their sugar intake low throughout the whole process. The gastric sleeve diet after one year begins to normalize, with patients advised to eat smaller meals with greater frequency than they did before the surgery.
GASTRIC SLEEVE vs GASTRIC BYPASS
Patients seeking bariatric surgery have multiple options. While many patients choose to have gastric sleeve surgery, others still opt for gastric bypass surgery instead. While both procedures reduce the patient’s appetite and ability to consume higher volumes of food, the gastric bypass uses a different technique to do so, going around the stomach via a pouch attached to the intestine. The gastric bypass produces results slightly faster than the gastric sleeve, however gastric sleeve complications such as dumping syndrome are less common than those resulting from gastric bypass surgery.
Cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
The cost of gastric sleeve surgery averages over $10,000, though this number depends on where you choose to have the procedure performed. This has caused some people to seek gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Mexico and other locations where the average cost is much less. The tradeoff to the lower gastric sleeve cost is that health and safety risks associated with the surgery are greater.
Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
Gastric sleeve reviews from the patients who had them are overwhelmingly positive. Patients who undergo this minimally invasive procedure experience steady weight loss over time and improvement in conditions associated with obesity such as:
• Type 2 diabetes
• Arthritis/Joint Pain
• High Cholesterol
• Sleep apnea
• Lower risk for a cardiac event
The most noted benefit of undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss is the reduction in overall appetite, feelings of hunger, and cravings. The production of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin is reduced by removing a portion of the stomach largely responsible for its production. This leaves patients free to more comfortably pursue a healthy diet and more easily slim down to a recommended weight.
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