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 :
- Sleeve leaking
- Blood clots
- Wound infections
- Bowel obstruction
- Aversion to food and nausea
- Gastroparesis a delay in moving food from the stomach to the small intestine
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)