Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery: The 5 Things You Should Know

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Tue, Jul 29, 2014

The journey to weight loss can be a long winding road. Making dietary changes and maintaining an exercise regimen will produce substantial changes, but you can hit a weight-loss plateau. Woman stretching resized 600This is a speed bump that will make you wonder if you’ll actually reach your destination.  

If you experience a sudden halt in your journey, and no matter what you try progress seems impossible. You should consider sleeve weight loss surgery to give you the boost you need to make the once impossible, possible. Before you can speed off into the sunset, here are some of the things you should know:

5) Who is sleeve surgery best for?

Eligibility is determined based on having a BMI (body mass index) over 40, or someone who is at a BMI of 35 (or over) paired with obesity-related conditions.  This procedure is designed to help someone lose excess weight. So, If you’ve made efforts to improve your overall health and reduce fat, but were unsuccessful, you may be an ideal candidate for the vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

Sleeve gastrectomy is extremely effective in reducing the amount of food you consume and your BMI. The surgical procedure helps to reduce chances of experiencing dumping syndrome and nutritional deficiencies. With the sleeve gastrectomy there is significant weight loss of over 60 percent of excess weight in 2 years, which is typically maintained for years.

4) The cost

The price of gastric sleeve surgery can range from $12,000 to $20,000. Private insurance companies can help cover the cost, most require a physician-assisted weight loss program prior to the procedure. The value of the gastric sleeve is worth far more than the price. Imagine a healthy year of your life, what price would you put on that? There really isn’t a price you can put on how this can change your body and your life. The cost of extending your life is immeasurable.

3) How it works

This surgery removes 85% of the stomach, without altering the gastrointestinal tract. The stomach then becomes more of a small tube, which drastically reduces the stomach’s capacity. In this process, Ghrelin, the hormone that produces the feeling of hunger, is removed. This cuts off the urge to eat until you aren’t hungry anymore. This means that smaller portions of food will leave you full and satisfied.

2) Recovery

After the surgery, you’ll have to recover for a relatively short time. But requires many lifestyle changes along the way to maintain the results. After a couple of days in the hospital, you’ll be released and the next 3 - 6 weeks will be healing and allowing your body to adjust. The first week you’ll be placed on an all-liquid diet, and in the next couple of weeks you’ll transition pureed food. Eventually you’ll be able to eat solid food, this period will be a strong test of your restraint and commitment to your weight loss goals. Without the dietary restrictions, you’ll have to stick with portion control and consistent exercise to make your weight loss a success.   

1) The importance of exercise

A major major component  in your sleeve gastrectomy surgery is a lifestyle change that can improve your quality of life. Making the changes necessary for to achieve the best results from your procedure. Once you’ve fully recovered you’ll be able to start incorporating exercise into your daily routine. It is important to make (seemingly minor) adjustments that have a huge payoff, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking whenever possible to burn calories.

With 30 - 40 minutes of exercise that includes a range of activity to increase your aerobic conditioning, strength and flexibility. You can also involve activities you enjoy like salsa dancing, swimming, or volleyball to add a fun element to your workout. A consistent exercise routine coupled with a balanced diet will ensure that your vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a complete success.

In you need help determining if the sleeve weight loss surgery is the right option for you, schedule a personal consultation with Riverside Surgical & Weight Loss Center. Our team is prepared to answer all of your questions and share our knowledge and experience.

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