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Gastric Sleeve – 10 Common Questions You need to Know

Jun 8, 2020 4:32:07 PM

More than hundred thousand people undergo Gastric Sleeve surgery each year.

It is important to be informed about any surgery before you have it, especially when the surgery is a complicated one.

Tell you what, all surgeries have risks and benefits –whether it's an open or minimally invasive operation. It's important to understand them before deciding whether the procedure is appropriate for you.

The following are important questions to review with your healthcare provider before you undergo Gastric Sleeve surgery.

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What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Sleeve is a type of bariatric surgery for patients who are overweight at the level of morbid obesity. In simpler terms, you can think of it as an operation that aims to reduce one’s weight by surgically reducing the size of the stomach by 75%.

The Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery are as follows:

  • Overall improved quality of life
  • Excess weight loss of about 60-70% within one year of surgery
  • Remission or improvement of obesity related health conditions such as diabetes mellitus type II, hypertension, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, joint pain, and hyperlipidemia
  • Desire to eat decreases
  • Reduction in hunger sensation

It takes 40-70 minutes to complete this surgery. Most people stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after gastric sleeve surgery and return to normal activities within 3-5 weeks. This can also be considered as the healing time of incisions.

Am I an ideal candidate for Gastric Sleeve surgery?

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for gastric sleeve procedure. You are more likely to be turned down from having this procedure if you are not in good healthy condition. This means that doctors will first have to examine your health status before proceeding with the surgery. Diabetic people, or individuals addicted to surgery foods, alcohol or acidic beverages can be turned down by doctors.

Generally, gastric sleeve surgery is recommended for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40. Even after having this surgery, you’re recommended to do some exercises and dieting so that the surgery becomes more effective.

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What are the potential risks of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Just like any other complex surgery,  gastric sleeve surgery also comes with its own set of possible risks. And these include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Leakage of digestive contents
  • Injury to adjacent organs
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Trouble of absorbing certain nutrients

Although the risks can be rare when the surgery is performed by a certified-surgeon, it’s important to know that it might come with side effects sometimes.

What is the cost of Gastric Sleeve surgery in Turkey?

The cost of Gastric Sleeve surgery in Turkey varies from one clinic to the other. But when you are having the surgery at Dr. Serkan Ayhan’s clinic, expect to save 60% of what you could have paid in countries like the US, Canada, Australia, Germany and the UK. This doesn’t mean that the quality of treatment offered by Dr. Serkan Ayhan is compromised, but the price is low because Turkey has a low-cost-of-living.

How can I choose the right clinic for a Gastric Sleeve?

Choosing the right clinic for a gastric sleeve surgery is no easy feat –especially considering that there are more inexperienced surgeons out there. Asking for recommendations from co-workers, neighbors, and friends is a good way to start, but you will have to decide which clinic is best suited to your needs and situation.

To help you choose the right clinic for a gastric sleeve surgery, you can contact one of our experienced personal healthcare consultants. No need to worry about any fee, the online consultation is free.

Can I still get pregnant after a Gastric Sleeve surgery?

Yes, you can!

Most women can get pregnant after a gastric sleeve surgery. But before you consider getting pregnant, you should wait at least 18 months for your weight to stabilize. This way you will have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

What will my life be after surgery?

When you undergo gastric sleeve surgery, 75% of the stomach is removed. Because of this, your body will go through a lot of demanding changes.

Considering that your stomach size will be greatly reduced, your food intake will be limited. You will feel full very quickly after eating a small amount of food.

In some instances, Gastric Sleeve may also cause a decrease in appetite. The amount of "hunger hormone" produced by the stomach which may contribute to weight loss after this procedure will be reduced.

How much weight can I expect to lose?

Of course, this varies from one patient to the other. The amount of weight you lose after having gastric sleeve surgery depends on one’s preoperative weight. But it is estimated that you can expect to lose between 40% to 70% of excess body weight in 12 months. Some patients may be recommended to undergo bariatric surgery in order to see notable weight loss.

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What does a gastric sleeve leak feel like?

Because a gastric sleeve leak results in digestive fluids escaping from your stomach, pain is one of the most noticeable and telltale symptoms of gastric sleeve leak. Symptoms include abdominal pain, chest pain, and even pain in the shoulder. More noticeably, the pain will intensify every day, rather than resolve itself. If you experience pain like this after your gastric sleeve surgery, we recommend that you get hold of your doctor or surgeon immediately.

How quickly can I get the surgery?

When you decide to undergo gastric sleeve surgery, FlyMedi can help you quickly schedule a consultation with a doctor and we will make sure that you undergo the surgery ASAP. Our team will help plan your trip so that you don’t have to undergo the hassle of making travelling arrangements.

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This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in June 2020

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