A laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive surgical weight loss procedure that limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner. In this procedure, a thin,
vertical sleeve of stomach is created and the rest of the stomach is removed. The sleeve is about the size of a banana. As with any surgery, there are both risks and benefits to having surgery. Obesity is a chronic health problem that can lead to other major health issues including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes to name a few. The risks can outweigh the benefits, so you must consider both before you decide to have the surgery.
Benefits to having surgery:
• Shorter hospital stay and faster recovery than non-laparoscopic procedures
• Significant weight loss
• Cost savings over time
• Reduction in cravings for sweets
• Improvements in condition such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol
• Increased life expectancy
Risks to having surgery:
Risks of this surgery should be discuss with your surgeon during your consultation visit to
evaluate if the Sleeve Gastrectomy is an good option for you.
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