Gastric sleeve surgery is a simpler procedure to perform than gastric
bypass, resulting in lower complications and faster recovery times. Because we are not changing the gastrointestinal track, it decreases the chances
of complications like vitamin deficiencies that occur with gastric bypass surgery. Patients can lose weight similar to gastric bypass surgery, over
a significantly shorter time.
Also, the section of your stomach that is responsible for producing the hormone Ghrelin is taken out. This hormone stimulates feelings of hunger,
so after the procedure, you can be confident that your hunger levels and thus your food intake will decrease. The surgery also reduces the volume of
your stomach, thus making you feel full more quickly.
Another benefit of this surgery is that your stomach will continue to function normally. As a result, you can still eat most of your favorite
foods with no worries about suffering from dumping syndrome, which is characterized by abdominal discomfort and other related symptoms. You also do
not have to worry about foreign bodies being implanted in you, as is the case with lap band surgery.
One reason the gastric sleeve results are so positive, is when we do the operation, we take out a section of your stomach that produces a hormone
called Ghrelin. Ghrelin is known as the hunger hormone. It stimulates feelings of hunger, so when we remove this portion of the stomach, our
patients find their hunger levels drop, and it is easier to eat less. Additionally, we are removing about 70 – 80% of your stomach, so the stomach
is able to hold a smaller volume of food. For this reason, patients tend to eat less and feel full more quickly.
Another reason patients like the sleeve surgery is that the stomach will continue to function normally. Because of this, you can still eat most of
your favorite foods with no worry about suffering from a side-effect called dumping syndrome, which sometimes happens after gastric bypass surgery.
Dumping syndrome is characterized by abdominal discomfort and other related symptoms.
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