Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, uses a variety of procedures to limit food intake, to allow rapid reduction in weight and to improve a number of health problems. The gastric sleeve technique is often recommended because patients only remain in the hospital for a few days and provides effective results. At 1st Choice Weight Loss, we offer careful measures before, during and after your gastric sleeve surgery to ensure a successful outcome.
What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
In the gastric sleeve procedure, the surgeon removes most of the stomach, leaving a narrow, banana-shaped “sleeve” that restricts the amount of food that can be eaten. No part of the intestine is removed, and no “bypass” is created. The intestine is simply reattached to the reduced sleeve. The procedure takes one to two hours, and patients are required to remain in the hospital for 2 to 3 days. After the surgery, the patient will begin to eat clear liquids and gradually build up to normal foods. At first, very little food is needed to feel full. The surgery also reduces the production of stomach hormones that regulate appetite and the feeling of fullness, so this effect also helps the patient lose weight. The rate of complication for this type of surgery is lower than gastric bypass surgery. It is often used for patients who are too heavy to safely undergo the bypass procedure.
Who Is A Good Candidate for Gastric Sleeve Procedure?
In general, individuals who have a body mass index at or above 40 are eligible for weight loss surgery. Some patients who have a body mass index of 30 or above and who have certain health problems may also be eligible. Those who have tried to lose weight over a period of time with restricted diets and exercise, without success, can often benefit from bariatric surgery. The surgery allows them to lose weight quickly, so they can engage in exercise and other activities that will help to maintain normal weight.
Make 1st Choice Weight Loss Your Houston Gastric Sleeve Surgeon
The extensive training and experience of the physicians at 1st Choice Weight Loss ensure their patients in the Houston area receive the highest quality care throughout the bariatric surgery procedure. We offer a number of weight loss related services, including nutritional counseling, personal trainers and an encouraging staff to provide support. Call 1st Choice Weight Loss today at 281-888-7767 for an appointment with a Houston gastric sleeve surgeon to discuss the benefits of this procedure for your weight problem.