Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Worth It?
Gastric sleeve surgery is a weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced and formed into a tube-like shape. As the stomach becomes smaller, a patient requires smaller portion of food, therefore he consumes less calories and loses weight.
No matter which weight loss surgery you choose, the procedure will require that you make big changes in your life. To make the best decision, be sure to talk to your surgeon about your quality of life after weight loss surgery.
Life after gastric sleeve surgery isn’t always what patients expect. Sometimes, the changes come as a surprise to those who hoped that the gastric sleeve might offer an easy way out of their weight struggles. Many studies indicate that patients enjoy an improved quality of life the surgery. However, many physicians and patients will tell you, gastric sleeve surgery has advantages and disadvantages that carefully though through:
1. Satisfaction with Smaller portions
2. Less invasive that other weight loss surgeries
3. No risk of dumping syndrome
4. No foreign devise are introduced into the body
1. Gastric sleeve is irreversible
2. Stomach may stretch
All surgeries have risks and benefits to consider. For many patients, gastric sleeve surgery is an effective tool for:
1. Weight loss.
2. Reducing risk for type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and heart disease
If you are considering surgery, learn as much as you can about the procedure itself and the changes you’ll have to make to your life. Talk to friends and family, your primary care provider and a board certified surgeon before making a final decision.