Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy
Choosing to have Sleeve Gastrectomy is a decision that is not made lightly...
Choosing to have Sleeve Gastrectomy is a decision that is not made lightly but it can have so many benefits including increased fitness and health, an enhanced sense of wellbeing, an improved body image and an enriched quality of life. Sleeve Gastrectomy is a procedure that should only be considered after traditional exercise, diet and medication have failed to result in long term weight loss.
What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?
A Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss procedure that permanently removes and reduces the size of your stomach by two thirds. Sleeve Gastrectomy is keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery which is small incisions made in your abdomen - reducing scarring and minimising post-surgery recovery time. The surgeon will pass the laparoscope and the instruments needed to perform the surgery through these openings.
After the part removal of your stomach, the remainder of your stomach is closed with staples. The operation limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic. Patients can usually resume normal duties within a few weeks. Unlike other weight loss procedures like stomach banding, the operation is not reversible.
How Sleeve Gastrectomy can help?
The Sleeve Gastrectomy reduces the stomach capacity and limits the amount of food that is needed to be consumed for the stomach to feel full and satisfied. The removal of the majority of the stomach also results in the reduction of the Grehlin hormone which stimulates hunger and thus patients feel less hungry between meals. This contributes to weight loss as the patient eats smaller portions, less often.
Who are good candidates for Sleeve Gastrectomy?
If you are morbidly obese and have a body mass index (BMI) of 40, have a BMI of 35 and over and are at a high risk to develop life threatening health problems and have exhausted all options to lose weight, you may be a good candidate for Sleeve Gastrectomy. Each patient is evaluated to determine their suitability for surgery and whether they understand the risks and commitment associated with the operation.
Why have Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Morbid obesity can not only result in health problems and premature death, it is a huge cause of depression, increased anxiety, reduced social acceptance and negatively impacts on the quality of life. The aim of Sleeve gastrectomy is to bring your weight down to a safer range where most of these associated conditions are reduced in severity and many completely reversed leading to a more fulfilled and complete existence.
If you are morbidly obese and you have not been able to control your weight through conventional means, Sleeve Gastrectomy can help you get your life back. We take a holistic approach to weight loss and have experienced surgeons, dietitians, physicians and psychologists who collaborate together to help patients achieve their long-term weight loss goals through Sleeve Gastrectomy.