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Gastric Sleeve is a procedure to remove part of the stomach and connect the remaining portions to make a new sized stomach or “sleeve.” It is a type of bariatric surgery to treat obesity. The surgery will make a person feel full faster, which leads to weight loss. Furthermore, the surgery gets rid of the part of the stomach, which makes a hormone that boosts the appetite. It is a laparoscopic procedure performed under general anesthesia. Small incisions are made in the upper abdomen to insert a laparoscope, a tiny camera that sends a picture of the belly to a monitor. Then, additional cuts are made to insert other medical instruments, and the surgeon will remove ¾ of the stomach. Finally, the surgeon will join the rest of the stomach to form the “sleeve” or a banana.
The procedure takes around one hour to complete. After the procedure, the patient is moved to a recovery room where their vitals are monitored. The patient will need to stay in the hospital for two to three days. After being discharged, plan to stay in the Sarawak for 14 days to attend follow-up checkups. The stitches are removed after five to seven days and the recovery period takes around six weeks. Patients may suffer from a sore and swollen stomach for several days, but the surgeon will prescribe medicines to deal with the pain. Keep in mind to strictly follow the surgeon’s aftercare instruction at home, such as following a proper diet, take multivitamins, and to change the bandage regularly.
The success rate of this procedure is around 92%, and patients can lose 65% of their excess weight in 12 to 18 months after surgery. There are some possible risks to be aware of, such as infection, bleeding, or a leak along the staple line. There are non-surgical or minimally invasive alternatives, including weight loss drugs and VBLOC therapy.