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Many diseases and conditions consume the lives of Americans every day, but one has taken a stronger hold in recent years: obesity. With extensive physical complications, obesity can make life difficult. Many people struggle to lose the weight on their own. If you struggle too, you have options. Gastric Sleeve surgery is a safe and effective way to lose weight and begin a healthier lifestyle.
What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
The sleeve gastrectomy is performed laparoscopically and usually requires one night in the hospital. About 85-90% of the stomach is resected, changing the metabolic status of the patient resulting in a loss of about 70% of the extra body weight.
Who Receives Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Not everyone who has weight issues is eligible to get gastric sleeve surgery. Typically, Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to determine when weight loss surgery is necessary. If you have a BMI between 35 and 40, you don’t need any pre-existing conditions to have the surgery done. If your BMI is between 30 and 35, you must have significant comorbidities, which is the presence of two chronic diseases or conditions. These diseases include diabetes, Parkinson’s, and heart disease. Obesity can make these conditions worse, and even life-threatening, which is why taking proactive action is important.
Before Weight Loss Surgery
Before getting gastric sleeve surgery, there are multiple things you should do beforehand to ensure a safe surgery and swift recovery. It’s ideal to start preparing for the surgery six months in advance. You should schedule tests and examinations before the surgery. This will ensure that you don’t have a condition or issue that could negatively affect the surgery. Also be sure you are prepared financially and mentally. This is the time to get educated about what life will look like after the surgery.
Two weeks before gastric sleeve surgery you should take multivitamins, quit drinking or smoking, watch your coffee intake, and control your portion sizes. This will help the surgery go more smoothly while also helping you prepare for recovery. Usually, you’ll need to make a lot of lifestyle changes after the surgery, and you want to be sure you eliminate any temptations beforehand.
At El Paso Specialty Hospital, we care for each patient who comes through our doors. If you think weight loss surgery may be a good option for you, contact us today. We’ll explore your options so you can get on the right track to a healthier future.