Diagnosis for Gastric Sleeve Surgery
The procedure is not recommended for everyone. The individual must meet various criteria :
Have a body mass index of 40 or more
Have a body mass index of 35 and other morbidity related medical conditions
Should be between ages of 18 and 65 yrs
Should have tried other weight loss methods
Should be healthy to have a surgery
Must be aware of the potential risks and side effects
Must be willing to make lifestyle changes
Should be psychologically healthy
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Procedure for Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Patient will be evaluated by the surgical team, clinical dietitian and a psychologist.
Complete medical and surgical history will be taken .
Series of preoperative blood tests and x-rays are performed to check fitness for surgery
If you are a smoker, you will be advised to stop smoking
You will be also advised to restrict certain medications before surgery
The surgeon will explain you regarding the benefits, potential risks , after care after the surgery .
During the Procedure
The surgery takes about an hour.
Surgeon will make a few small cuts in your stomach and insert a laparoscope to view the inside
The surgeon will then insert other medical instruments and remove 3/4 of your stomach.
The remaining stomach is reattached to form “sleeve” or tube.
The procedure cannot be reversed
Hospitalization for 2-3 days before being discharged.
The patient is shifted to recovery with constant monitoring of the vitals
There is pain during recovery , each person experiences pain differently.
Bowel movements Bowel movements may be difficult or painful. Constipation is present the first week post-operative.
Activity –Walk, Don’t lift anything heavy. You will feel fatigued and tired for up to a month after surgery due to the reduced calorie consumption.
Advised to take liquids at regular intervals to avoid dehydration.
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Factors Affecting Cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
The cost to the patient depends on a variety of factors like
The hospital, the patient chooses.
The room charges , OT , procedure charges
Fee for the surgeon and team of doctors.
Cost of medicines
Standard test and diagnostic procedures.
Cost of the follow –up care required after the procedure.
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Complications of Gastric sleeve surgery
The surgeon performing the surgery will discuss with the bariatric patients both the benefits and risks of this procedure. Sleeve gastrectomy may cause complications like :
Aversion to food and nausea
Gastroparesis a delay in moving food from the stomach to the small intestine