What is a gastric sleeve?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in FAQ

You are sitting here, considering gastric sleeve weight loss surgery or gastric banding. You have been obese since childhood and have suffered the shame and humiliation in silence for all these years. People think you are the friendly, fat person who always has a joke to tell at your own expense. Meanwhile, you are dying inside, both physically and emotionally. While you are getting more and more depressed about being trapped in a huge body, you heart is starting to show signs of rapid deterioration due to the excess weight you are carrying around. You are a walking time bomb.

If you have tried every fad diet on the market and no diet or exercise regime has ever helped you shed the excess weight, Dr Candice Silverman and her team can give you specialist advice regarding options like gastric sleeve surgery and gastric banding.

For some people normal dieting just doesn’t work. When it comes to the point where being overweight is endangering your life, you may have to consider a surgical procedure to help you lose weight. The most common of surgical procedures are Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery and Gastric Banding.

What is a gastric sleeve?

Gastric sleeve surgery is a non-invasive, permanent procedure during which 80-90% of a patient’s stomach is removed. It is done laparoscopically and under general anaesthesia. With gastric sleeve surgery being done laparoscopically, it significantly reduces recovery time.

After gastric sleeve surgery, the stomach can only hold about 200ml (a normal person’s stomach holds up to 1500ml). Having such a small stomach capacity makes it impossible for the patient to eat big meals, forcing them to only have 4 to 6 very small meals each day. This causes quick and effective weight loss. Most patients will lose 60-70% of their excess weight within 12 months after a gastric sleeve procedure.

How does gastric banding work?

Like all weight loss surgeries, gastric banding (commonly known as lap band surgery) works on the principle that you will lose weight if you eat less. The gastric band is inserted around the stomach and restricts part of your stomach. This results in a patient eating less and losing weight. If weight loss isn’t satisfactory, the surgeon can adjust the level of restriction applied by the band on the stomach. Other than is the case with gastric sleeve surgery which is permanent, gastric banding can be completely reversed.

Gastric banding is done laparoscopically and under general anaesthesia. A few stitches may be inserted to ensure that the band does not slip and stays in place. Gastric banding takes around an hour to perform.

After gastric banding surgery, the average patient loses about 56% of their excess weight.

If you are overweight and need help fighting your obesity, contact Dr Candice Silverman today for a private consultation.