A complete guide to gastric sleeve surgery

gastric sleeve surgery

It’s different from a lap band surgery because, unlike the adjustable laparoscopic band, the surgeon doesn’t create a new small pouch below the one he already made. The old pouch is simply stitched to the newly created stomach, allowing all of its contents (except air) to pass directly into the new, much smaller stomach.

Most times, that’s what people refer to as “stomach stapling”, but that’s an outdated term given by surgeons who still perform open surgeries with staples instead of using modern laparoscopic equipment.

Surgery like that is more like “gastric plication” (pulling the stomach walls together) than stapling because staples would cause too much damage to normal surrounding tissue, losing their purpose of holding organs in place after surgery.

So why don’t surgeons just use lap bands for weight loss instead?

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Well, there are a few reasons why surgeons prefer gastric sleeve surgery overlap bands, but one of the largest is that sleeve gastrectomy also helps improve gastroparesis.

Gastroparesis (also known as delayed stomach emptying) is a condition in which contents of the stomach stagnate and are putrefy, causing nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, and bloating.

In some cases, patients might even experience malnutrition from eating too much food at once because their stomach isn’t able to empty its contents as quickly as somebody with a regular stomach would.

Although there is no cure for gastroparesis, doctors can try treating the condition with medication or, in severe cases, surgery.

Surgery is usually the last resort treatment for gastroparesis because it’s a pretty drastic measure that can cause long-term damage to your stomach.

That’s why surgeons try to avoid it by prescribing pills and other medications instead. However, many times patients are simply not responding well enough to medications because their condition is too severe.

Surgery is probably the only remaining option for people who just can’t seem to find relief no matter how many medications they try. One of those surgeries is the sleeve gastrectomy.

There are two ways surgeons perform sleeve gastrectomy:

Through an open surgery and laparoscopic/robotic one. Robotic surgery has become more and more popular over the last decade because it’s associated with less risk of complications, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery times.

However, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is still used by some surgeons worldwide who claim that their results are just as good as robotic ones without any serious postoperative problems.

Foods to have after gastric sleeve surgery

After undergoing gastric sleeve surgery, the patient needs to learn how to eat properly and avoid food that might lead to complications.

Patients who have had their stomachs shrunk down to about 15% of their original size should also drink plenty of water and stay away from carbonated drinks because they can cause bloating and discomfort.

Sugar-free or light ice cream, low-fat yogurt, and steamed vegetables are usually well-tolerated by gastric sleeve patients, just as any other food that doesn’t have too much oil or grease.

However, it’s important to remember that even a small amount of certain foods can cause nausea, vomiting, or stomach aches in some patients because their digestive system works so much slower now.

Sleeve gastrectomy is not a quick fix to weight loss. It’s just one of the tools that doctors use to treat patients with severe obesity who have already tried other diets and medications without any success.

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