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Sleeve Gastrectomy Explained

08/09/2014

Anyone who has tried losing weight will tell you that it’s not easy – and that’s a fact! However, for some people it’s not just a lack of willpower that prevents them from losing weight and oftentimes the only answer is a surgical procedure.

But if you’ve been recommended to undergo sleeve gastrectomy what can you expect?

Historically, sleeve gastrectomy was actually performed as a prerequisite to a duodenal switch procedure. This is because many patients were too obese to undergo the latter right away and needed to lose weight first.

The weight-loss seen in some patients was so successful that the possibility of carrying out sleeve gastrectomy was investigated as a standalone procedure. Nowadays, sleeve gastrectomy is considered a routine weight-loss procedure

This surgery can be performed as an open procedure (large incision) or using several small incisions and a camera (laparoscopic surgery). Whichever method is best for you will ultimately be determined by your surgeon.

Regardless of the way it’s performed, sleeve gastrectomy sees a large proportion of your stomach being removed (usually more than 50%). Your ‘new’ stomach is inevitably banana-shaped and looks like a long, thin tube. The incision in your stomach itself is closed with staples and, due to its nature, the procedure is irreversible.

Your recovery period will totally depend on your individual circumstances and whether you had more traditional open surgery or laparoscopic. Either way, France is a fantastic place to recover – although the plethora of culinary delights may prove problematic because you’ll inevitably be on liquid food immediately after your procedure.

Contact France Surgery today to find out how you can benefit from our range of sleeve gastrectomy procedures.
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