What is a gastric sleeve?
A gastric sleeve is created during sleeve gastrectomy. This is a weight loss surgery to make the stomach smaller and promote weight loss. Sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery (as it is also known), reduces the stomach in size by about 75%. Successful gastric sleeve surgery can help patients lose substantial weight that is long-term.
How does this surgery help people lose weight?
During sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery the stomach is made smaller, the way that it functions remains unaltered, unlike with the gastric bypass, so side effects are reduced. Because only a small meal can be eaten weight will be lost, especially if a low fat, low sugar diet is complied with. The reduced stomach size following a sleeve gastrectomy helps to keep a feeling of fullness for longer. This surgery is not reversible.
Who qualifies for this weight loss surgery?
Typically patients that qualify for this surgery are at least 100 lbs overweight and have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or above. In some cases patients with a BMI of between 35 and 39.9 may qualify for this surgery if they are suffering from weight related health problems (such as high blood pressure or diabetes).
Is gastric sleeve available at BMI Healthcare?
This procedure is available at several BMI Healthcare hospitals. To find a hospital near you that offers this surgery, make an enquiry with us now.