If diet and exercise aren’t working towards your weight loss goals, weight loss surgery can be an option to help you lose the amount of weight you want. Bariatric surgeons Daniel Wool, MD, and Daniel Hoeltgen, MD, specialize in performing many various weight loss procedures, including sleeve gastrectomy, at Barrington Surgeons, LTD, in Barrington, Illinois. If you’re interested in this surgery, call the office schedule an appointment for a consultation.
A sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric, surgical procedure in which approximately 85% of the stomach is removed. This normally includes the large, curved portion of the stomach. The area that is left behind looks somewhat like a long sleeve or tube that extends from the esophagus to the duodenum.
By reducing the size of the stomach, the amount of food eaten during each meal will be much smaller and will be digested much faster. Unlike other bariatric procedures that just section off a portion of the stomach, a sleeve gastrectomy actually removes a large portion and reduces the risk of stretching or widening the section of the stomach that remains.
Individuals who undergo a sleeve gastrectomy can look forward to a recovery period that is at least six weeks long. If complications arise, the recovery time may be longer. Most patients leave the hospital between 48 and 72 hours after surgery.
While they may be able to return to their job within a few weeks, it will be at least six weeks before weight restrictions will be lifted. Most normal activities can be resumed in one to three weeks as long as the activities are not overly strenuous. A weight restriction of no more than 10 pounds will remain in place for at least six weeks.
In most cases, the doctor will want to examine the incision and meet with the patient before the weight restrictions are lifted.
A good candidate for sleeve gastrectomy is someone who has at least 100 pounds of extra weight. Doctors often look for patients who have a BMI that is at least 40. Patients who have chronic health conditions may require at least a 35.
The sleeve gastrectomy procedure should only be considered after the patient has tried and failed using other methods of weight loss. Because of the physical toll this type of surgery can take on a person, doctors require a person to be mentally stable and psychologically ready to deal with the stress of weight loss.
Patients should strive to be in the best physical condition possible prior to their procedure. To learn more about sleeve gastrectomy, call the office at Barrington Surgeons, LTD, or schedule an appointment online.