A lot of people are becoming aware of gastric sleeve and all the stories circulating it, and this got a lot of people excited, wanting to try it out, with all the testimonies they see about it, but do they know the hidden truth about gastric sleeve surgery? like me asking if this is actually safe and with no side effects?.
So we decided to do a personal before and after gastric sleeve surgery analysis on it. You know, I literally saw a friend of mine who was weighed 120 kg go through gastric sleeve surgery and lose close to 50kg of fat.
That would be a bit easier on my end because I know two of my friends who have actually undergone gastric sleeve surgery and I was able to document the gastric sleeve before and after the saga.
About Gastric sleeve:
Gastrectomy is an important surgery because it can help people lose weight more easily. It is a second step after losing weight through diet and exercise, so it fine-tuning the person’s lifestyle to get them to their target weight. The Surgery also removes part of the stomach, which makes it easier for people to digest food and lose weight faster.
The surgery reduces the size of your stomach. But sometimes, in later life, there is some dilatation (widening) of the stomach. The surgery is usually done laparoscopically which means that it can’t be undone.
A gastric sleeve changes your stomach so that it only holds a small amount of food. This way, you will feel full after eating less and be less hungry between meals which can facilitate weight loss.
Reasons for Gastric sleeves surgery:
Sleeve gastrectomy is usually carried out for some reasons especially loss of excessive weight and to reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems in the future, including:
- High blood pressure.
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
- Type 2 diabetes.
- High cholesterol.
- Heart disease.
How does it work:
Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of surgery that was originally done as a modification to another operation, the duodenal switch. Later on, it became one of the first steps in performing two-stage gastric bypass surgery on extremely obese patients.
Some patients lost a lot of weight in the beginning, and it was considered an independent procedure.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of surgery that can be very effective at weight loss. It’s usually as good or better than gastric bypass surgery, in terms of improving glucose homeostasis before substantial weight loss has occurred. This weight-loss benefit is related to the decrease in gastric volume, changes in gut peptides, and the expression of genes involved in getting glucose into our bodies.
This means that losing weight can help you lose some extra pounds (even if you don’t change your diet), have better digestion, and have more energy because your genes are working better.
Gastric Sleeve Before and after surgery: What to do
Undergoing surgery is a huge decision and everyone about to embark on an operation deserves to know what they are likely up against. They need to be properly informed as to what to expect and what is expected of.
- BE MENTALLY PREPARED
Firstly, don’t get yourself worked up with a lot of thoughts here and there, these are everyday things that you could just adjust to.
Before you have gastric sleeve surgery, make sure to talk to your family and friends about it. This way, you’ll be prepared for the emotional roller coaster that may come afterward. You may also want to talk to a healthcare professional like your doctor or GP so that you’re mentally ready for surgery.
After surgery, you will have different habits that need to be followed. These changes include what you eat, how active you are, and how your live your life in general. It’s important to be mentally prepared for these changes so that they don’t disrupt your life too much.
- BE PHYSICALLY PREPARED
There are things you can do to lower the risks that might emanate as a result of the surgery. Quitting smoking will help you before your surgery. You’ll also need to lose weight in order to keep your blood sugar in check.
Before having surgery to remove a large amount of weight, your doctor will give you specific guidelines for what foods you can and cannot eat. They will request that you stop smoking, as smoking increases the risk of infections, pneumonia, blood clots, slow healing, and other life-threatening complications after surgery.
In order for the operation to be successful and for you to reach your weight loss goals you must be able to make major changes to your lifestyle after surgery including keeping to a healthy diet and partaking in regular physical activity.
Before the operation, you will be given a general anesthetic that makes you unconscious. This way, you won’t feel any pain during the surgery.
UNDERSTANDING THE TYPE OF SURGERY YOU WILL HAVE TO UNDERGO
There are two ways to do sleeve gastrectomy surgery: the open method (where we make a few small cuts) or the laparoscopic method (with a “laparoscope”). With the laparoscopic method, we can see what’s going on inside your stomach without making any big cuts.
What happens during the surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery is normally carried out using a keyhole or minimally invasive surgery. It has many benefits, including a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery time, and less pain and bleeding. However, one of the advantages of open surgery is that it can be done without having to go through the risks associated with traditional surgeries like scars and long recoveries.
Your surgeon will make 2-5 small incisions in your stomach. They’ll use a laparoscope to see what they’re doing inside there.
A laparoscope is a small tube that has a light source and a camera and is connected to a video monitor in the operating room. It relays images of the inside of your stomach to the television monitor so that your surgeon can see what they’re doing during the operation.
After your surgery, a large part of your stomach will be removed. The surgeon will then join together the remaining portions of your stomach with surgical staples to create a long, thin tube that will form your new stomach.
The surgeon will then remove the laparoscope and operating tools and stitch the incisions closed.
Typically, gastric sleeve surgery takes between sixty minutes.
After Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery: What To Expect
PAIN AND DISCOMFORT
After gastrectomy surgery, you will have pain in your belly and on the surgical site. You’ll need to take pain medication for a few days after the operation.
NEW EATING HABITS
Since you’ve had weight loss surgery, it may take some time for your stomach to adjust and process food the way it used to. So as long as you follow these general guidelines, including eating slowly and gradually adding solid foods back in overtime, you should be just fine!
To put it simply, your diet and eating habits will need to change drastically, or you’ll risk stretching out your stomach again which turns all the efforts futile. Here are some gastric sleeve diets you should be eating after surgery
ACTIVITY: TAKE IT EASY
After recovering from surgery, you are instructed by your doctor to limit your activities to keep your health as healthy as possible.
However, you’ll want to keep moving — engage in slight and simple exercises, easy walking is a good way to get some exercise in the meantime.
Effects of Gastric sleeves surgery
Surgery is never easy, but Gastric sleeve surgery (Gastrectomy) is considered a relatively safe procedure. There are risks and complications with any surgery, but there are also benefits.
- Excessive bleeding.
- Perforation of the stomach to the intestine
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia.
- Blood clots.
- Lung or breathing problems.
- can lead to stomach leakage