Losing weight is never easy, but there are plenty of weight loss methods out there. Most of those focus on eating a low calorie, nutritious and balanced diet, as well as working out. Besides that, there is also a myriad of dieting pills out there, most of which do not work. Sometimes, however, all of these methods fail and the only available option is to turn to bariatric surgery. It is vital that you look up gastric sleeve procedure information before you have this surgery done, however. This includes looking into the potential risks, complications and side effects.
Opting for a gastric sleeve is often a truly life-changing decision. It is also often a necessary decision, particularly when you consider that:
- About half of all American men and women are currently obese or overweight and this includes children.
- Some $40 billion a year is spent on weight loss products in America.
- Being overweight can lead to various medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, arthritis and diabetes.
The Gastric Sleeve
The gastric sleeve is one of the latest types of bariatric surgery. It is officially known as a ‘sleeve gastrectomy’ and it is becoming increasingly popular. The surgery is generally performed through key hole surgery (laparoscopic), which means it is minimally invasive and doesn’t generally lead to complications or lengthy recovery period. The surgery works by restricting food intake, rather than inserting a foreign object as is done with lap-band surgery.
When gastric sleeve surgery is being performed, between 70% and 80% of the stomach is removed. What is left is a sleeve or tube that is shaped like a banana. This remains usable but does not hold as much food as the previous stomach. The intestines are no rerouted. Essentially, the surgery simply removes a large piece of the stomach, leaving you with less space to fill with food.
The gastric sleeve is not a very complex procedure, which means the risk of complications is low. However, this doesn’t mean it is completely free from risks either. Some common and unpleasant side effects include vomiting, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea and dumping syndrome. Abdominal cramping and nausea can also occur.
Usually, these problems don’t last very long and are simply signs of the body adjusting to the new stomach. By strictly following the aftercare plan prescribed to you, you should be able to avoid them from happening.
There are also a number of potential more serious complications, including:
- Stretching of the stomach leading to leakage.
- Internal bleeding.
- Infection of the wounds.
- Injury to the organs.
- Obstruction of the bowels.
- Blood clots.
- Breathing problems.
If you are considering a gastric sleeve, you must be fully aware of the risks associated with it and be prepared for any possible complications if you decide to go through with it. You should also discuss this in detail with your surgeon. Your ability to follow the aftercare plan will for a great deal determine how successful your surgery is.