Today, there are more weight loss surgery options than ever before. The most common in the U.S. is laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy.
Wondering if sleeve gastrectomy or another bariatric surgery might be right for you? Attend one of our many free weight loss surgery seminars to learn more.
The Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy
Sleeve gastrectomy patients lose an average of 66% of their excess weight within three years.
In addition to helping with weight loss, sleeve gastrectomy can reduce chronic conditions that often accompany obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and obstructive sleep apnea. As a result, in the years after the procedure, you may save money on prescription drugs, doctor visits and hospital stays.
How Sleeve Gastrectomy Works
A sleeve gastrectomy is a permanent weight loss surgery that has grown in popularity in recent years.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy removes about 80% of the stomach. Your surgeon creates a thin, vertical stomach pouch that is roughly the size of a banana.
Like other weight loss surgeries, sleeve surgery reduces the amount of food that your stomach can hold. The surgery may also impact hormones in the gut that trigger hunger, fullness and blood sugar control.
After surgery, your body still digests food naturally. Food passes through the entire digestive track and is absorbed into the body.
This surgery cannot be reversed. Once a large portion of the stomach is removed, the procedure can't be undone.
Why Choose Luminis Health
We use laparoscopic techniques, which means minimal scarring, less pain and shorter hospital stays.
And, because this is a lifelong journey, we continue to offer support after your surgery is complete. We help set you up for success by teaching you about:
- Making healthy choices when away from home.
- Reading food labels.
- Staying hydrated.
- Identifying low-fat foods.
Our Bariatric Optimization Program (BOP) is a personalized, medically supervised fitness program designed with your needs in mind. It ensures you're able to work exercise into your life in a safe, sustainable way.
We also offer support groups so you can talk to other people who understand what you're going through.
Plus, if you're dealing with any other medical concerns, we provide access to a wide range of specialists within Luminis Health to make sure you're getting holistic, comprehensive care. For instance, if you develop loose skin after weight loss, the Luminis Health Plastic Surgery team can talk with you about options for body contouring.
What to Expect: Before and After the Procedure
We offer nutrition classes before and after surgery that arm you with the resources you need. You're paired with a dietitian who creates personalized diet plans and meal-planning strategies based on your condition and surgery date. You also receive exercises to do through BOP.
After your surgery, your stomach needs time to adjust — it's undergone a lot of changes. You won't be able to eat solid foods until around five weeks after surgery. Your doctor provides you with specific instructions on what to eat and drink.
Once you've moved on to solid foods, you still need to stick to guidelines for eating. These might include:
- Following the 30/30 rule: Do not drink 30 minutes before a meal or 30 minutes after a meal.
- Eating only the amount listed as "one serving size" on the food label.
- Eating only foods low in fat and sugar, or that contain no sugar.
- Portioning your meals on dessert-sized plates rather than dinner plates.
- Drinking plenty of noncarbonated beverages. Be sure to take small sips.
- Drinking at least 64 ounces of water or other sugar-free beverages every day.
- Not skipping meals. Eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and one snack.
- Eating a lean protein with each meal.
- Eating fiber-rich foods.
- Avoiding fried foods.
How to Learn More About Sleeve Gastrectomy
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