Gastric sleeve surgery could quite literally change your life. You can achieve and maintain a healthier weight and see a whole new you begin to emerge. Spring is a great time of year to consider gastric sleeve surgery to help you feel fitter and healthier for the summer. Take a few minutes to read our guide to gastric sleeve surgery and see if it could help you.
Gastric sleeve surgery is a surgical procedure used to lose weight. The stomach size is reduced by around a quarter, with part of the stomach being surgically removed. The outer edges are then stapled, forming a sleeve shape which permanently reduces the size of the stomach, which can help clinically obese people to lose weight.
Gastric sleeve surgery is a serious procedure which has side effects, but it also has many benefits. Here are some of the most noticeable benefits after surgery:
• On average, patients lose around 55 percent of their excess weight after surgery
• Surgery can improve high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 Diabetes and sleep apnea significantly and in some people can cure these conditions completely
• Around half of patients undergoing gastric sleeve surgery will lose their cravings for sweets and sugary foods for the first year after surgery. Three years after surgery, around 20 percent of patients still had no cravings for sugar.
• Gastric sleeve surgery improves quality of life, increasing patients’ energy levels, productivity and levels of activity. Patients report that they spend more time outside taking part in physical activities and feel fitter overall.
Gastric sleeve surgery does not involve a long hospital stay. Most gastric sleeve surgery is performed using laparoscopy, which is minimally invasive. This means a shorter stay in hospital and a faster recovery period for the patient. You’ll also find it’s less painful than other surgical procedures and you will have smaller, less noticeable scars.
It takes 2-3 weeks for the incisions to heal and 6-8 weeks for the stomach muscles to get ready for exercises. Recovery is very and straightforward.
Whilst gastric sleeve surgery can be costly, some people may qualify for surgery on the NHS. Because weight loss surgery can assist with improving other conditions such as high cholesterol or type 2 Diabetes, patients found that they recouped the costs of their surgery over the following two years by saving money on prescription drugs and treatment for their obesity related conditions.
Only you and your GP can decide whether gastric sleeve surgery is right for you, but hopefully this guide will have given you something to think about whilst you make your decision!
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