Time and time again overweight or obese people often fail at traditional weight loss methods. Methods, such as diet and exercise have proven to only provide temporary or very minimal weight loss results when it comes to trying to lose larger amounts of weight.

However, the most successful choice for people looking to lose a larger number of pounds is weight loss surgery. Especially gastric sleeve, since it has many advantages. Let’s dive more into understanding gastric sleeve, its consequences, its expected weight loss results, and how it may help you.

Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Sleeve is a medical procedure that cuts out about 80% of a patient’s stomach to reduce its size. With such a large stomach size reduction comes a natural reduction in appetite since this surgery also reduces your body’s hunger hormones.

  • Gastric sleeve is a permanent surgery that offers patients a new healthy body.
  • Patients should remember to follow proper care and wellness instructions before and after surgery as advised by their physician to ensure their weight loss success.

The Consequences of Gastric Sleeve

The consequences of gastric sleeve are minimal. There are only a few risks related to this surgery. Gastric sleeve is a newer more streamlined surgery, but with any surgery comes a small risk of death or patients with pre-existing conditions having the risk of “dying on the table” sort of speak. Patients usually complain of vitamin deficiency from the surgery.

Gastric sleeve consequences table

Consequences Explanation
Some diseases may get worse A study found 31.8% of super (extreme) obese patients with gastric reflex disease reported it became worse after gastric sleeve.
Surgery can fail and more than one surgery may be required Re-operation due to complications and obesity coming back to patients is a risk.
Infection Surgical wound infection can be dangerous/deadly.
Death Death (although rare) can occur from gastric sleeve due to a heart attack, coma over 24 hours, breathing problems, blood clots, shock, bleeding (and needed a transfusion), kidney failure, or other additional causes that may result.
Vitamin/mineral deficiencies Vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc, copper, selenium, and more

Why choose Gastric Sleeve?

“Why choose gastric sleeve?”, you may ask. In recent years, gastric sleeve has grown very popular since it provides a speedy recovery for patients with minimal risk for consequences after surgery. Patients all over the world are choosing gastric sleeve.

Just take a look at the many real patient transformations in the gastric sleeve before and after photos! The surgery involves small surgical cuts to the body while using a tiny camera instead of other more traditional open surgery techniques.

The Expected Weight Loss Results

The expected weight loss results of gastric sleeve can be life-changing! A patient with a height of 5’8’’ can go from weighing over 400 pounds down to 260 pounds in less than two years!

  • Many people weighing around 280 pounds go down to around 130 pounds in just under a year after surgery!
  • After just three months, gastric sleeve patients have gone from weighing 265 pounds to 180 pounds! The results are truly remarkable!

Final Thoughts

Final thoughts on the expected weight loss of gastric sleeve come down to patient self-care. If patients fail to follow the nutritional instructions given to them, they may not experience the same expected weight loss results as other people who follow instructions. This is because there is a step-by-step patient diet required after surgery to slowly re-introduce food groups.

Expected weight loss results may also differ person-to-person due to physical health factors such as pre-existing conditions that may limit a person’s ability to live an active lifestyle. Overall, gastric sleeve has been proven very successful at helping many people lose hundreds of pounds fast. Maybe it’s time you asked your physician about gastric sleeve today! 

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