What is a sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery)?
Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy or a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, involves removing approximately 80 percent of the stomach, leaving a tube-shaped stomach.
Weight loss is not achieved through this procedure alone, but as a sleeve gastrectomy significantly reduces the size of the stomach, this dramatically reduces the amount of food that the patient is able to consume post-surgery.
In addition to being able to consume less food, removing part of the stomach also alters the hormones that are released after eating. These hormones prolong appetite suppression between meals, further aiding excess weight loss. They also help relieve conditions associated with being overweight such as heart disease or high blood pressure.
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, suffering from extreme obesity.
- Have a BMI above 35 (obese) but are also suffering from a serious health problem as a result of obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure.
A/Prof Pilgrim will confirm your BMI score and carry out a detailed assessment before deciding if you are an eligible candidate for sleeve gastrectomy surgery. This will include asking questions about your medical history and being satisfied that you are motivated and will adhere to the new eating and exercise plans that you are required to follow post gastric sleeve surgery.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery - the procedure
da Vinci SureForm stapling technology
SureForm is a new breed of stapling technology; at its core is SmartFire technology, which monitors tissue compression before and during firing, making automatic adjustments to optimize the staple line. A 120° cone of articulation gives your surgeon the freedom to approach tissue where it naturally lies, potentially reducing the need to manoeuvre tissue during your procedure1.
Allowing for 1,000+ measurements per second, SmartFire makes automatic adjustments to the activation process as the transection is being made to help optimize a consistent staple line and prevent tissue damage across a range of tissue thicknesses1.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery - the results
Weight loss following sleeve gastrectomy surgery is a gradual process. During the first weeks post-surgery patients will see a more dramatic weight loss, which will slow down over time. The average weight loss for this procedure is 60 percent of excess weight within two years.
Following gastric sleeve surgery it is important to continue to follow the UGIRS Bariatric Program, including meeting with the Dietitian, bariatric Health Coach and A/Prof Pilgrim. Committing to new dietary and lifestyle changes long-term can be incredibly challenging for many individuals, which is why the continued support of the medical team at UGIRS is essential. .
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