5 Advantages of the Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) Surgery
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, also referred to as the Gastric Sleeve surgery, has become the fastest growing bariatric procedure in North America. In addition to helping patients achieve their weight loss goals, it has shown success in improving and even reversing obesity-related health risks such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. Of the three most common bariatric procedures, the Sleeve Gastrectomy combines the highest weight loss results with the lowest maintenance and potential for complications. Here we outline five main reasons why patients continue to choose the Gastric Sleeve:
1. Maintenance-free Permanent Solution
The Sleeve Gastrectomy is a permanent procedure in which the stomach is reduced to approximately 25% of its original size. This new smaller stomach is only able to comfortably hold around 3 oz of food. After this is done, the newly stapled stomach will heal rapidly and there is no need for maintenance.
2. Short Recovery
The Sleeve Gastrectomy is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. This means that patients look forward to a faster recovery time and a shorter hospital stay.
3. Pain Reduction
For the same reason outlined above, patients experience much less pain and smaller scars that can vanish in time.
4. Cost Savings
Due to the high rate of improvement in obesity related co-morbidities and lower spending on dining out and grocery shopping, patients can expect to recoup their initial investment in as little as 2 years.
5. Craving reduction
When the stomach is reduced in size, a portion biologically responsible for secreting hunger-inducing hormones such as ghrelin, is eliminated. Patients will experience decreased levels of this and other diet-sabotaging culprits after surgery.
These are only a few of the benefits of the Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery and how it can help patients achieve their weight loss goals. In a study published earlier this year, 5-year Gastric Sleeve post-op patients lost an average 57.4% of excessive body mass index (BMI). This and other scientific findings continue to show the long-term benefits of this minimally invasive surgical weight loss procedure.
Only you and Dr. Shillingford can decide whether the Sleeve Gastrectomy/Gastric Sleeve is the right surgery for you. Call the office for a COMPLIMENTARY consultation today at (561) 483-8840.