Gastric Sleeve Surgery (gastroplasty) is a new form of bariatric surgery that helps fight obesity in an effective manner. Sleeve surgery works by reducing the volume of your stomach by cutting a major portion of it, almost near 60% to 85%. This restricts your appetite by controlling the amount of food your body can take in and removing the hormones that enhance appetite…
As opposed to other bariatric surgeries, gastric sleeve surgery (gastroplasty) is quite effective in weight reduction and control. However, as with every other thing, there are certain pros and cons associated with the process that is reviewed below:
Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
The major advantage of going through a gastric sleeve surgery is that it reduces weight fast. Within the first year after the surgery, you can have up to 60% of extra weight loss quite easily and it has a relatively less restricting diet than that in other bariatric surgeries.
Gastric Sleeve surgery (gastroplasty) is also less invasive and ensures that the natural nerves of the stomach and intestine are not altered or damaged in any way. The process does not require any foreign device to be inserted into the body such as lap band. For better results, gastric sleeve surgery is often followed by a duodenal switch which can be highly effective for highly obese patients.
Gastric Sleeve Complications
As with every other medical course of action, gastric sleeve surgery also has its fair share of disadvantages, which should be understood by you before going through the process. The process is a permanent change in your body and absolutely irreversible, which in itself is a major drawback. Moreover, it is not a malabsorption process and can result in an inadequate level of weight gain or loss.
With time, the ‘sleeve’ that is created in place of your stomach can stretch and you may have to face leakage where the stapling is done. Additionally, you may be required to follow up the surgery with the further procedure and an exercise regime. Since gastric sleeve surgery is relatively new, it is still difficult to predict its long-term results and therefore, it is not mostly covered under insurance.