What is this procedure?
One of the most popular bariatric surgeries across the globe, the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is an irreversible procedure that curtails the size of the stomach by surgically removing approximately two-thirds of it, making it roughly the size and shape of a banana. The procedure also eliminates most of the cells that produce ghrelin, the hunger-inducing hormone; thus, reducing your eating capacity post surgery and helping you lose weight quickly.
Main features of Surgery
The Gastric Sleeve surgery is done laparoscopically. Hence, recovery period is quicker than an open surgery. Laparoscopic surgeries also leave minimal scars as compared to the scars of an open surgery. The nerves of the stomach and the outlet valve (pylorus) are not altered, preserving the function of the stomach. The rest of the gastrointestinal tract anatomy is also not altered, so the food ingested follows the normal course. This results in a lesser chance of vitamin and mineral deficiencies and decreases the possibility of dumping syndrome
Who is it recommended for?
This procedure is the preferred choice for younger patients suffering from morbid obesity. It is helpful for patients suffering from various side-effects of obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and PCOS. While the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a great first-stage procedure for patients falling under the super super obese (BMI more than 60-70) category, it is not recommended for patients suffering from severe gastroesophageal reflux disease or large hiatus hernia.
Every patient undergoing a bariatric surgery at Digestive Health Institute has to follow a 7-day liquid diet routine before the surgery. Liquid diets are prescribed by the bariatric nutritionists and can also be provided to you from the SoulFuel Healthy Cuisines at the DHI centre.
Post-surgery, we take complete care of you through our Win-Life Club sessions. The WL Club is a group session, which our bariatric nutritionists conduct. They educate each and every patient, at a specified time period post surgery, on how to take care and get the best results out of your weight loss surgery. Every patient has to follow a transitional diet process which spans from a liquid diet to a semisolid diet to a complete solid diet over a span of 30 days post surgery.
Advantages of the surgery
- Reduction of co-morbidities
- Reduces caloric intake
- Great weight loss results
- Recovery period is less as done laparoscopically
- Keeps you satiated even by eating less
- Due to removal of hunger-producing hormone Ghrelin, feeling of hunger is reduced