Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, otherwise known as a gastric sleeve, offers numerous benefits that patients should explore while researching their surgical weight loss options. Gastric sleeve patients who commit themselves to the necessary lifestyle changes after surgery generally lose a significant amount of weight and are pleased with the cosmetic transformation of their bodies. Equally important are the health benefits of the surgery. Attaining a healthy weight through gastric sleeve surgery will markedly reduce the risk – and in some cases fully resolve – serious co-morbidities. If you’d like to discuss the benefits of the gastric sleeve procedure with our bariatric surgeons, contact our Austin-area practice to schedule a one-on-one appointment.
Patients who undergo a successful sleeve gastrectomy – and commit themselves to a health post-surgical diet and exercise routine – experience significant weight loss and overall health-related benefits, such as the following:
Patients consume fewer calories: Their stomachs are only able to hold a few ounces of food, so patients feel fuller, faster.
Appetite and cravings are decreased: The part of the stomach that produces the hunger stimulating hormone (ghrelin) is removed through the procedure.
Obesity related health conditions are resolved: The surgery will eliminate or diminish health concerns such as sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
Digestion is unaffected: The surgery does not modify the digestive tract, and the intestines remain unchanged. The patient is not at risk for malabsorption or nutritional deficiencies.
No bands or other foreign objects: The surgery does not implant a medical device into the body to restrict eating.
Minimally invasive: Laparoscopic procedures carry less risk than traditional open surgeries; patients have less post-operative pain, and return to their daily routines quickly.