There are certain people who despite immense diet and lifestyle changes, still cannot lose weight or maintain weight loss. This is where bariatric surgeries are recommended; especially for patients who have serious health problems caused by morbid obesity. One of the most popular procedures is Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
Laparoscopic Sleeve gastrectomy differs from the traditional since patients experience less pain, less scarring, and a faster recovery rate.
What makes a procedure laparoscopic is the use of a laparoscope, a slender medical device that has a tiny camera and a built-in light attached to it. The instrument is inserted through a tube from a small incision near the pelvic area. Images are then projected to a monitor from which the surgeon can refer to when performing the surgery.
It makes an otherwise invasive surgery to a minimally invasive one- this means lesser incisions and cuts are done. To further shed light on this procedure, here are 5 facts about Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
Several studies have proven that Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has led to as much as 60-80% weight loss for patients within 2 years. What causes faster weight loss for patients is the combination of a healthy and sustainable diet and an active lifestyle.
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Unlike lap band surgery or gastric balloons, there is no foreign object or mechanism inserted in the stomach. There is no risk of the lap band slipping or hitting nearby vital organs, and the gastric balloon eroding or being perforated, effectively eliminating the risk of infection caused by foreign objects inserted in the body.
Like most bariatric surgeries, Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is permanent. Since the procedure is irreversible, it is a lifetime commitment for the patient, which will mean creating positive permanent changes in their diet and lifestyle.
It will be difficult to adjust for the first few weeks, but as your body becomes accustomed to the changes, it will become easier for you to manage your eating habits and control your meal portions.
Patients who have undergone Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy spent less time recovering versus patients of the traditional sleeve surgery. Compared to open surgery, there is a significant amount of difference in postoperative side effects and complications.
Since the operation is minimally invasive, there is minimal scarring, unlike open surgeries that involve wider incisions.
To make it even safer, sleeve gastrectomy surgeries are divided into two parts, especially for those high-risk patients, or the ones who have a BMI relative to or higher than 50 or 60. One thing with bariatric surgeries are, they are often insured.
The majority of medical insurance providers have the surgery covered as it is considered as a long term investment for the patient and the insurance company as well.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy involves the removal of a large portion of the stomach. This is the part that produces Ghrelin- the hormone responsible for making us feel hungry. Subsequently, the reduced production of the hormone, leaves the patients feeling less hungry than usual.
For patients considering to undergo Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in Dubai, our experts at Al Taie Center can guide you with the process from preoperative evaluation and consultation, right down to aftercare and postoperative recovery.