When a person ‘s obesity gets out of control and threatens his/her healthy living, surgical procedures become the immediate solution. When severely overweight individuals cannot lose weight with medicine, diet and exercise, they can consider the gastric sleeve surgery.
What is it?
During the surgery, Better Body Bariatric surgeons make up to 5 minor incisions in the abdomen. By inserting laparoscopic instruments, they are able to remove 80% of the stomach. It leaves a sizeable sleeve which runs all the way from esophagus to small intestines.
How efficient is the gastric sleeve surgery?
The surgery facilitates 70% of weight loss in the first year. About 1/3rd of excess weight is lost within the 3rd month. 50% and 70% of excess weight is lost in 6th and 12th month respectively. It takes a year or two to hit the plateau.
Overcoming the plateau requires inducing an external change. A neat way to do that is by increasing exercise. Patient can consider some dieting tweaks like adding healthy snacks between meals, for the sole purpose of speeding up metabolism.
Long list of benefits:
Since the stomach size is reduced, it reduces hunger. Obesity related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension is cured. Minor medical conditions such as sleep acne and asthma is cured too. Cholesterol problems are combated more efficiently by the body.
Gastric sleeve maintenance:
Unlike lap bands, gastric sleeve doesn’t require band fills. However, there are three types of maintenance involved – diet, exercise and mood maintenance. Following a new and improved diet and working out at least three times a week is essential. The patient should be motivated enough to prevent falling back to old habits.
How does one qualify?
Not everyone is qualified to undergo this surgical procedure. The body-mass index (BMI) should be over 40. Additional, a BMI of over 30 combined with a serious obesity related health problem qualifies a person for the surgery. Patients who don’t meet these conditions can opt for less invasive procedure such as the Gastric Balloon.