Gastric Sleeve Surgery – Benefits, Risks, Pictures and Videos

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The term “gastric sleeve surgery” is more synonymous with loosing weight. The first result in Google would be about “Sleeve gastrectomy” which is another word for this kind of surgery. This surgical procedure involves reducing stomach to about 25% of it’s original size.

This YouTube video is a slide-share presentation of some of the gastric sleeve surgery patients and their experiences. How they look before and after surgery, what clinic did they prefer, change in weights with time are shown typically.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery – Before and After Pictures

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The below pictures show the image of Stephanie before, after 1 month, 3 month post-op of gastric sleeve surgery. 

Stephanie before gastric sleeve surgery in 2011

After 1 month op, gastric sleeve picture

After 3 month gastric sleeve pictures

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sA patient before and after gastric sleeve surgery Reduction in weight from gastric sleeve surgery

How this is done?

This is generally done by a bariatric surgeon. He initially gives some anesthesia to keep your pain under control. The next steps are as follows:

  • To insert the laparoscope, several small incisions on the abdomen are made. (So what is a laparoscope – It’s a small tool with light and camera which sends pictures to a nearby computer).
  • Then the surgeon removes about 3 quarters of your stomache along the outside curvature
  • A new stomache is created in the shape of a tube or “sleeve”.

So are they going to be any changes to the stomache?

The new sleeve spans the original distance from the oesophagus to the small intestine. The pyloric valve, which is a normal outlet that controls the release of food from the stomach to the small intestine, continues to function normally.

This gastric sleeve surgery video shows, before and after pictures of a patient who has done her surgery in Korea with Dr. Kim. The patient is initially 227 kgs and lost to 117kgs.

What are the Gastric Sleeve Surgery Complications ?

Some risks of bariatric surgical procedures include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Anesthesia-related risks
  • Chronic nausea and vomiting
  • Dilation of esophagus
  • Inability to eat certain foods
  • Infection
  • Obstruction of stomach
  • Weight gain or failure to lose weight

The risks associated also vary with the type of procedure adopted. When compared to other procedures like gastric bypass and laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, the complications are less.

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As you can observe, the probable risks associated with gastric sleeve surgery are blood clots and leakage. It’s better to consult your bariatric surgeon prior to gastric sleeve surgery for all the complications and risks associated with the operation.

Other gastric sleeve risks that can occur well after your surgery include weight regain, heartburn and vitamin deficiencies. The foremost downside of gastric sleeve surgery is that it is irreversible. It is a permanent procedure.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Videos –

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) also known as Gastric Sleeve Surgery performed and narrated by Dr. Guillermo Alvarez [Source : http://www.endobariatric.com]

Part A – 8 months since gastric surgery. Learn things about the patient’s diet (calorie intake), her weight, issues with acid reflux and her thoughts on having surgery. [Source : YouTube user – GastricSleeveReviews]

Part B – What happened to hair loss? Amount of calories taken and more on after 8 months of gastric sleeve surgery

Complications under-gone by a patient – She was back in hospital for dehydration.

Costa Rica Bariatric Surgeon talks about the minor risks associated with Gastric Sleeve Surgery.

There are certain bariatric surgery benefits also, once you are strong and have completely recovered from the operation. Those include weight loss, improved health, improved mood and quality of life etc.

In summary, while the gastric sleeve procedure markedly reduces your capacity for food, it is still important to exercise discipline in food choice and to make lifestyle changes including regular exercise.

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