What To Know Before Getting a Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Miami

What To Know Before Getting a Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Miami

Many people struggle with weight loss. For some, losing weight with just diet and exercise may not be enough. To tackle obesity, patients have the option to get gastric sleeve surgery in Miami. The procedure involves removing a portion of the stomach to resize it to about the shape of the banana. Because the stomach is smaller, the patient’s food intake is reduced resulting in weight loss and a healthier diet. This may be the perfect solution for weight loss but there are things patients should know before getting gastric sleeve surgery.

First off, how do surgeons resize the stomach? The surgery is done laparoscopically which means it uses a laparoscope, a tool that allows the surgeon to see organs in the abdomen. The surgeon makes micro-incisions in the abdomen then uses instruments to remove about 80 percent of the stomach. Because the incisions are so small, there is little to no scarring, and patients are able to go home after 2-3 days.

A gastric sleeve surgery can be a long-term solution for patients with chronic obesity however, the results are not immediate. Patients can expect to lose 50-70 percent of excess weight within 18-24 months. The surgery is effective because it limits the patient’s appetite, therefore, limiting their caloric intake which has a direct effect on their weight. It can also reduce the patient’s probability of getting type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, and many other conditions tied to diet. 

For patients to lose weight, they must change their diet. If not, they can experience complications such as stretching their stomach. The postoperative diet after surgery is essential. Patients must begin on an all-liquid diet. After a week, they can begin eating soft foods and eventually move up to solid foods. This allows patients to get accustomed to their new stomach and new diet.

Gastric sleeve surgery is targeted towards obese patients who have strongly attempted to lose weight with diet and exercise. Patients must have a certain body mass index (BMI) to qualify for surgery. Occasionally, the procedure can be performed on overweight patients who have significant health conditions related to their weight. To learn more about Miami gastric sleeve surgery, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of the professionals at the Miami plastic surgery center at Seduction Cosmetic Center. 

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