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Sleeve Gastrectomy

    About the Treatment

    Sleeve Gastrectomy aides in weight loss for obese patients. The surgeon removes a large portion of the patient's stomach, hence causing the patient to eat lesser quantities of food. This surgery is advised to patients whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is above 35. All patients who suffer from obesity and are unable to lose weight through any other means may have to undergo a Sleeve Gastrectomy.

  • The treating doctor will advise the patient to undergo extensive testing and screening, to ensure that the patient is healthy.
  • The surgeon shall also study the patient's medical history.
  • Restrictions will be imposed on the patient's food intake.
  • The inclusion of physical activity and exercise.
  • The treating doctor will also monitor intake of medication.
  • Consultation with a nutritionist.
  • Blood thinning medications may also need to be stopped before the procedure.
  • Intake of Nicotine should also be stopped.

Sleeve Gastrectomy is done with the help of a camera called laparoscope. The surgeon makes 2-5 incisions and inserts the laparoscope through these incisions. The major portion of the stomach is removed, and the remaining parts are joined using surgical staples. The procedure approximately takes 60-90 minutes for completion.

  • Discharge from the hospital in 2-3 days.
  • The patient should stay on liquids or mashed food for approximately three weeks post – procedure.
  • The patient may experience nausea and vomiting.
  • Regular consultation with a doctor is essential for a quick recovery.
  • The patient may have to take pain killers even after discharge.

Specialized healthcare provisions and experienced doctors, minimize the risks and complications associated with the procedure. However, a patient should be aware of all possible risks and complications, before undergoing the procedure:

  • Adverse reaction to anaesthesia during the procedure.
  • Post procedure infections
  • Fluid collection or blood clotting, which may affect the lungs.
  • Irregular bowels, vomiting and nausea, may be experienced.
  • Body parameters like blood sugar may get affected adversely.
  • Damage to the stomach and ulcers can be the long-term side effects.
  • Malabsorption syndrome

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