- Reduced stomach size makes you feel full sooner.
- Normal functions of the stomach are retained.
- Simpler than other bariatric surgeries.
- Can be performed laparoscopically
- Shorter hospitalization stay
- Less operative time
- Minimal post-operative pain and discomfort.
- Shorter recovery time
- Need for second surgery in highly obese patients
- Exposure to surgical risks twice in the case of 2-stage procedures
Your doctor will prescribe pain relieving medications to keep you comfortable following the procedure.
- You will be advised to take medication to reduce the amount of acid produced by your stomach.
- Avoid strenuous exercises and lifting heavy weights until approved by your surgeon
- For the first month after the procedure, eat only small amounts of soft foods
- Sip water throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
- Eat a highly nutritious diet, rich in proteins with a low fat content.
- Your dietitian will tailor a new diet regimen for you to follow.
Risks and Complications
As with any surgery there are potential risks and complications involved. The risks include blood loss, infections, problems associated with anaesthesia, and deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg).
The major complication following sleeve gastrectomy surgery is occasional leakage or breakdown of the gastric contents from the staple line that secures the divided stomach.