How Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Work?

27 November 2019
weight loss surgery being performed

Our bodies are amazing and adaptable machines. Over millennia the human body has evolved in response to the things it encounters – for better or worse.

It’s why our hair stands on end in the cold, why we shiver and sweat, and why we store fat.

Gastric sleeve surgery offers an effective, though irreversible, solution for people battling obesity with a BMI over 35.

Perth gastric sleeve surgery patients are able to reclaim their lives long-term, reducing risks of obesity-related health issues, increasing mobility (and activity), improving existing conditions like diabetes and adopting healthier habits.


What does gastric sleeve surgery involve?

Gastric sleeve surgery permanently reduces the size of the stomach by up to 85%. The surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach, creating a banana-shaped ‘sleeve’ with the remainder.

Afterwards, the person’s stomach has around 10-15% of its pre-surgery capacity. This means it takes less food to feel full, reduced hunger (as part of the stomach producing Ghrelin, a hunger producing hormone is removed) and greatly assisting in weight loss.


The benefits of gastric sleeve surgery

Good eating quality

A drastically reduced stomach volume reduces overeating by promoting the ‘full’ feeling with much less amount of food. You will be able to eat most food that you usually do but just in a smaller quantity.

Long term weight loss

Provided you follow the recommendations of our experienced Perth weight loss surgeon and team, you can expect around 60% to 70% excess weight loss in the long run. Keeping the weight off will require healthy lifestyle choices like a better diet and regular physical activity.

Type 2 diabetes control

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most significant health risks associated with obesity. Gastric sleeve surgery reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by reducing visceral fat levels and enabling a healthier lifestyle. It can also lead to remission of diabetes in up to 70% of people struggling with Type 2 diabetes and excess weight. It is an established treatment for select group of people with diabetes.

Gastrointestinal tract is maintained

Gastric sleeve surgery is a popular choice because the continuity of your gastrointestinal tract is maintained. That means there is no reworking of the food absorption process.

The risks of gastric sleeve surgery

Any medical procedure involves a measure of risk, and gastric sleeve surgery in Perth is no different. Our highly trained and experienced surgery team will see you through the surgery itself.

In very rare cases (1-2%), the stomach contents can leak through the staple line. Also, around 10% may experience reflux especially soon after gastric sleeve surgery.

Your surgeon will discuss these risks during pre-procedure consultations and monitor your health after surgery.

Gastric sleeve surgery in Perth

Perth Weight Loss and Surgery, led by the highly respected weight loss surgeon Mr Siva Gounder, have helped thousands of people battling obesity to find a better quality of life.

Gastric sleeve surgery is just one way we help Perth clients lose weight, improve their health and change their lives for the better.

If you are searching for an effective weight loss solution, find out whether you qualify for bariatric surgery and book a consultation today for a better quality of life starting tomorrow.

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