Five Gastric Sleeve Benefits

July 14, 2017 — by Liza Pompa, MD
Tags: Gastric Sleeve Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Sleeve BenefitsChoosing to undergo weight loss surgery is not a decision to be taken lightly. However, if you have been unsuccessful in losing weight through traditional methods and have a BMI of 35 or higher, you may be a good candidate for one of the bariatric procedures offered at LIMARP® in Tijuana, Mexico, serving San Diego, CA and surrounding areas.

Dr. Liza María Pompa González performs a variety of weight loss surgeries, including gastric sleeve surgery for patients looking for an effective solution to losing weight and addressing severe health conditions that are a result of obesity. During your consultation, Dr. Pompa González will discuss the surgical techniques used, costs involved, and answer any questions you may have. If you are considering surgery and unsure of which procedure to undergo, below are five gastric sleeve benefits to consider.

Less Invasive Surgery

Because gastric sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically, it is less invasive compared to other weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass. During the procedure, a portion of your stomach is irreversibly removed to produce a smaller pouch. With this procedure, no foreign objects or prosthetics remain inside to limit the stomach’s intake. In addition, the intestines require no disconnection or rerouting. Because of this, gastric sleeve provides a shorter surgery time, faster recovery, reduced risk for complications, and no future adjustments or surgeries.

Reduces Hunger

Patients who undergo gastric sleeve have about 70 percent of their stomach removed. By creating a smaller pouch and removing the portion of your stomach that produces the hormone ghrelin known for signaling hunger, it significantly reduces your appetite and allows you to feel fuller faster.

Rapid Weight Loss

With the size of your stomach reduced, you can experience rapid weight loss. Most patients are able to experience dramatic weight loss over the course of the next 12 to 18 months. Because the hunger hormone is removed and your appetite is suppressed, patients are able to lose weight and keep it off. Following your post-surgical instructions and nutritional diet as directed will help you achieve a smooth recovery and desirable results. We encourage our patients to work with a nutritionist to help them achieve and maintain their weight loss goals.

No Dumping Syndrome

Dumping syndrome is a condition that often develops after other bariatric surgeries that involve rerouting the intestines. When this occurs, food moves from the stomach too quickly to the intestines, causing abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and diarrhea. Because gastric sleeve surgery allows your intestines to remain intact, patients who undergo this procedure can digest their food properly and never have to worry about experiencing dumping syndrome. 

Improved Physical Health

One of the primary benefits of having gastric sleeve surgery is the ability to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Obesity is linked to a number of medical conditions that can affect your body. By losing weight, you can sleep better, minimize joint pain, improve cardiovascular health, control or completely eliminate diabetes, increase your chances for pregnancy, and improve a host of other conditions. After experiencing rapid weight loss, patients also notice an improvement in their self-confidence, emotional well being, and overall quality of life.

Schedule Your Weight Loss Surgery

To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and the benefits it can personally provide you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pompa González at LIMARP®, our state-of-the-art surgical facility. You can reach us online or by calling (866) 585-3298.

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