Gastric sleeve is the process of surgically altering the size of the stomach by removing a portion of it creating a sleeve. This provides less physical holding space of food and makes it harder to eat a great deal of food. This reduction in the area means that you are going to eat less food at one time and should lose weight doing so. After a time the body will reduce the production of Ghrelin, a hunger hormone that tells you that need to eat.
Although, gastric sleeve surgery (as known as, vertical sleeve gastrectomy) promises significant expected weight loss, the procedure does carry potential complications. One of the difficulties that worry many individuals fear is the possibility of leakage from the staple line.
What is a Gastric Sleeve Leak?
Gastric sleeve leaks are typically a small seam or hole in the newly formed stomach pouch. This hole or leak will usually cause digestive fluids to flee the stomach and end up inside the abdominal cavity, exposed to internal organs and tissues.
Those that may have a gastric sleeve leak could experience increased heart rate, an overwhelming sense of anxiety, a fever and a consistently worsening shortness of breath. These signs could indicate that you are experiencing a gastric sleeve leak, and it is important that the patient contacts the surgeon immediately if this is the case. Making sure that you are getting help right away could mean the difference between successful gastric sleeve surgery and failure. You will want to make sure that you pay close attention to the way that you are feeling in the weeks after the surgery.
What had Causes Gastric Sleeve Leaks?
Gastric leaks are typically caused by three scenarios:
- Mechanical misfiring of the stapler device.
- Stitches or staples may loosen.
- Damage to the tissue at the staple line.
Symptoms of a Gastric Sleeve Leak:
- Increased heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
- Chest pain
- Shoulder pain
- A sense of ill-ease or illness
How Mexico Bariatric Center Treats Leaks?
The quickest, best way to treat a leak is to perform emergency abdominal surgery to seal the leak in the pouch. Another benefit of surgery will typically address any issues that cause concern during surgery.
How Mexico Bariatric Center Reinforces Staple Line?
Mexico Bariatric Center surgeons dedication to patient care means we take every precaution with our patients.
- Reinforced Staple Line With Sutures, done after three lines of staples.
How Leak Tests Are Performed:
To detect any leaks after surgery, our surgeons perform leak tests. If a leak is detected, the doctor will treat the leak BEFORE a patient is sent home.
Mexico Bariatric Center typically presents two leaks tests for all of our gastric sleeve patients.
- During Surgery: The new stomach pouch is filled with methyl blue dye, and the surgeons observe the stomach from the abdominal cavity ensure no blue color is seen.
- After Surgery: The day after surgery, patients will be asked to drink a hydrosoluble contrast solution. Then the stomach will be viewed via radiology to ensure the solution does not escape the stomach into the abdominal cavity. Patients are sent home with a copy of these results.
Gastric Sleeve vs. Other Bariatric Surgeries: Complications
Gastric sleeve is a rapid results treatment for most patients and is met with some significant advantages such as a lack of Dumping Syndrome that is common with other types of weight loss surgeries. Also, the weight loss surgery does not require that you have any foreign body issues, and the weight loss is more natural. Your body will stop requiring that you eat more to become full so you will use only what you have for nutrients and will not store very much.
Compared to other bariatric surgeries, gastric sleeve potential risks are minimal compared with other surgery types.
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While a gastric sleeve can help those in need of weight loss to accomplish their goals, there are some potential complications such as a gastric sleeve leak that can cause problems with the recovery process. These difficulties need to be dealt with immediately to avoid more damage. There are several symptoms that you can relate to gastric sleeve leaks, and you will want to make sure that you talk to your surgeon about them before you agree to the surgery.
Contact our helpful, patient care coordinators today to learn more about the potential risks and complications following gastric sleeve surgery.