Many who are considering weight loss surgery may be wondering, is gastric sleeve surgery safe? The short answer is yes. But let’s dive in further.
For those struggling with obesity, bariatric surgery is the premier medical choice for significant excess weight loss, and in 2015, over 53% of all weight loss surgeries was a newer procedure known as gastric sleeve. Frequency of gastric sleeve surgery has increased by 300% since 2011, as more and more bariatric surgeons recommend this unique and simple procedure.
With gastric sleeve, the surgeon removes between 75% to 85% of the stomach pouch and then connects the stomach back together. Part of the stomach pouch that is removed is also responsible for the ghrelin hormone – the hormone that plays a role in feeling hungry. Unlike Gastric Bypass and Duodenal Switch, the gastric sleeve doesn’t require any changes to the intestines, and is a less complex surgical procedure.
Gastric Sleeve Risks
Because it is a new surgery, it’s not uncommon to be concerned about the gastric sleeve dangers and risks that could potentially affect your health. The good news about gastric sleeve safety is that there are very few risks beyond those included in any type of surgery.
Common risks include:
- Reaction to anesthesia.
- Bleeding issues and infection after recovery.
- Stress to the heart and body made worse by obesity.
Surgery has come a long way, but all surgery carries an inherent risk. Gastric sleeve does have fewer risks than other bariatric surgery procedures because it is both simpler for the surgeon and involves fewer significant alterations to the body. The only safety issue specific to gastric sleeve is leakage at the staple site. It is a very rare complication, but a small risk that can affect obese patients.
Gastric sleeve is also less likely to have long-term complications. Although it’s possible to develop food sensitivities, there are almost no food restrictions with gastric sleeve. Recovery tends to be easy, but like all bariatric surgeries it will be important you stick to a strict liquid based diet at first, and integrate other foods according to your doctor’s instructions.
You will also need to be careful of developing vitamin deficiencies, but these are less common and less severe than other forms of bariatric surgery because the digestion process is not bypassed. Your surgeon will provide you with any additional risks, but compared to other forms of bariatric surgery the risks are low.
Gastric Sleeve Safety in Mexico
Gastric sleeve is a notoriously safe procedure, and even though it is new, it was once a part of the Duodenal Switch procedure with minimal complications. Gastric sleeve safety in Mexico is no different. The procedure is identical, and those that train under the procedure are guided by strict health guidelines. Overall, gastric sleeve in Mexico is safe, and comparable to the United States.
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