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Gastric Sleeve Surgery: Newcastle patients

The following information is for residents of Newcastle or the surrounding area, Maitland, Singleton, Hunter Valley, Nelson Bay who may be considering getting a Gastric Sleeve, otherwise known as a sleeve gastrectomy.

Dr Ken Wong has performed surgery on many patients from Newcastle.

For Visitors from Newcastle and the Hunter region, the Central Coast is a wonderful place to visit and recover, removed from the bustle and stress of a big city. For those travelling for gastric sleeve and other weight loss surgery, Newcastle is not far at all from the Central Coast and offers comfortable accommodation and a very relaxed and beautiful environment for you to recover in.

How Gastric Sleeve Surgery works

A Gastric Sleeve can make your stomach two thirds smaller by removing a portion of it. Small incisions made to the abdomen ensure quick healing and minimise scarring. Under general anaesthetic, laparoscope and other surgical instruments are then passed through the incisions in order to perform the surgery, which is classified as keyhole or laparoscopic, following which your stomach will be sealed using staples. With a smaller stomach post-surgery, you will find yourself consuming smaller amounts of food before you are full. In a matter of weeks you will be able to carry on with your usual activities. This procedure is irreversible and permanent.

The usefulness of a Gastric Sleeve

The procedure can be useful to people who want to limit the amount of food they must eat in order to feel full and can make weight loss a much easier endeavour. Because parts of the stomach will be removed, the production of Grehlin, the hormone that causes feelings of hunger, is reduced, thereby reducing the likelihood of binge eating and overeating.

Is Gastric Sleeve a possibility for you?

Suitable candidates for the procedure tend to be suffering from high levels of obesity and have BMIs of 35 or over. Such high levels of obesity place patients at high risk of life threatening health conditions. This surgery can bring your weight down to a safer level and ensure that you are able to maintain a lower weight through decreased eating.

The benefits of Gastric Sleeve

If you are morbidly obese, you can benefit from having a Gastric Sleeve as not only will the degree of your obesity be reduced, but you may also be at a lower risk of contracting life threatening illnesses or having your life prematurely shortened. Feelings of depression and social awkwardness can also be reduced.

Gastric Sleeve can also make weight loss through natural methods easier by reducing the amount of food needed to satiate you. Consulting a team of experts including not only surgeons but dieticians and other health and nutrition professionals can help you to reclaim your life.