Gastric sleeve (also known as sleeve gastrectomy) is recognised as the gold standard of weight loss surgery.
During a gastric sleeve procedure, a section of your stomach pouch is removed making your stomach significantly smaller. That means you feel comfortably full after eating a much smaller portion of food. You also feel full for longer, reducing the temptation to snack between meals.
A gastric sleeve operation is usually performed laparoscopically (meaning keyhole surgery). Keyhole surgery uses much smaller incisions, aiding your recovery.
Generally speaking, you’re eligible for obesity surgery if:
There are several different types of weight loss surgery, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. If you’re considering a gastric sleeve, then it’s important to understand the pros and cons before you decide.
The advantages of a gastric sleeve are:
The main disadvantage of a gastric sleeve operation is the risk of leakage from the suture (stitches) line where the section of your stomach was removed. If that happens, you’ll need further surgery to repair the leak and will stay in hospital for monitoring.
That sounds scary but it’s very rare. New technology and improved surgical techniques have addressed this problem, reducing the risk of this complication to a miniscule number of cases. Dr Durmush has performed more than 2600 primary sleeves with a complication rate of less than 0.5%, over 2000 operations with no leak in the last 7 years.
Research shows that a gastric sleeve consistently achieves greater weight loss than the gastric band and also has significant impacts on the reduction of other obesity-related medical conditions such as diabetes. Patients that proceed with the gastric sleeve lose between 30-40% more weight than patients who undertake the gastric band surgery. Failure rate of gastric band is 70%, complication rate 30%.
A gastric sleeve reduces the size of your stomach but makes no other changes to normal digestion. It’s purely a restrictive surgery. Also, patients do not lose some of the micronutrients and proteins as they do with the gastric bypasses.
A gastric bypass reduces the size of your stomach and removes the first part of your small intestine which changes how your body absorbs food. It’s both a restrictive AND a malabsorptive surgery. Patients are likely to lose micro-nutrients as a result.
Life Weight Loss Centre’s medical director, Dr Durmush, has pioneered unique methods in the gastric sleeve. These techniques have allowed Dr Durmush to achieve significantly lower complication rates of less than 0.5% (far better than the 2.6% leak rate that is considered acceptable internationally). Dr Durmush teaches his technique to surgeons around the world.
Disclaimer: All information is general in nature. Patients should consider their own personal circumstances and seek a second opinion. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.
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