gastric sleeve

overview

If you struggle with weight loss and have a considerable amount to lose, your doctor may recommend the gastric sleeve procedure. It was developed for those who struggle with serious obesity and haven’t been successful with other weight loss options. 

Gastric sleeve surgery permanently reduces the size of your stomach to help you lose weight.

what to expect

During gastric sleeve surgery, doctors remove part of the stomach and the remaining stomach resembles a slender tube (sleeve). After the process, people have a smaller appetite, so they eat less and feel fuller longer. This helps encourage slow, steady weight loss. In most cases, people are able to lose 55 to 65% of their extra weight after a gastric sleeve procedure.

Usually, Aurora surgeons perform gastric sleeve surgery laparoscopically with very precise instruments. This means you’ll have only a few small incisions, so you’ll spend a shorter time in the hospital and heal faster with less scarring. The process takes about 2 hours, and most people go home 2 days later.

recovery

You’ll be on a liquid diet at first, then gradually return to eating regular foods. Generally, people go back to work a week or two after gastric sleeve surgery. You’ll need to avoid anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and steroids for a month. Your doctor can also give you tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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