How Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Work?

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Every weight loss journey is unique.

We’re all different. From our body shapes and health, to our metabolism and diet. So, why should all weight loss solutions be the same? We all lose weight and keep it off differently, which is why it’s so essential to complete in-depth research while seeking a solution. This solution should be one that you’re comfortable with, and can be easily adapted to your lifestyle. One of those possible solutions might just be gastric sleeve surgery.

Keep reading to find out more about this effective and long-term weight loss solution!

What is the Gastric Sleeve?

The gastric sleeve is a procedure that is performed to help you lose weight through controlled portion sizes. Your stomach is reduced in size, which helps you to feel full sooner and to stay full for a longer amount of time. This has been shown to be the most successful way to lose weight and keep it off.

Since gastric sleeve patients simply aren’t as hungry as they once were, it’s much easier to adapt to new and healthy behaviours. For instance, it’s much easier to stick to a healthy and nutritious diet when you aren’t constantly hungry. After a gastric sleeve patient has finished a meal, chances are they aren’t going to be hungry enough for seconds, or even dessert for that matter.

During the procedure, a part of the stomach is removed that produces the hunger-inducing hormone known as Ghrelin. This hormone makes you feel hungrier between meals, even though you’ve most likely eaten enough food and drank enough liquids. Eliminating the production of Ghrelin can ultimately help reduce snacking between meals, especially on unhealthy foods!

How is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Performed?

Gastric Sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically and using general anaesthesia. This means that it’s less invasive and offers a quicker recovery time than traditional surgery. During the procedure, your stomach is divided into two parts. The first is a narrow “sleeve”, which is essentially the size of a banana. The rest of your stomach is removed, including the part of the stomach that produces Ghrelin.

The thin, banana-sized sleeve is your new stomach! It offers just enough space for you to consume sufficient food to maintain a nutritious and well-balanced diet, one that is geared towards weight loss and living a healthier lifestyle.

This minimally-invasive technique allows the procedure to be performed without making large incisions, so patients can benefit from:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery
  • Smaller scars
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection

The procedure usually takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete, followed by an overnight hospital stay. Full recovery takes one to two weeks, so patients can get back to enjoying life in practically no time at all!

Lose Weight with SmartShape™

Gastric sleeve patients lose an average of 70% of their excess weight, most of which occurs in the first year. This can result in a wide variety of health benefits that can last a lifetime. Our experts at the SmartShape™ Weight Loss Centre will encourage you to lose roughly two to three pounds each week, through a healthy diet and regular exercise in combination with your new and improved portion control.