Gastric Sleeve – For Insured & Uninsured Patients
What is a sleeve gastrectomy?
A sleeve gastrectomy involves reducing the size of your stomach to a short tube shape. It works by making you feel full sooner so that you eat less.
Is a sleeve gastrectomy suitable for me?
Your BMI (body mass index) is a measurement used to find out if your weight is within a healthy range for your height. A BMI score of over 30 means that you are obese. This puts your health at risk and you will benefit from a programme of healthy eating and exercise aimed at long term weight loss.
If your BMI score is over 40 (morbid obesity) surgery may help you to achieve long term weight loss goals. Surgery may also help if you have other medical problems such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea, breathing problems or heart disease. Your surgeon will confirm your BMI score and carry out a detailed assessment before deciding if the surgery is suitable for you. Your surgeon will discuss the changes you need to make your lifestyle to achieve your long term weight loss goals. They will need to be satisfied that you are motivated to make the changes, including keeping to a new eating plan and exercising regularly.
What are the benefits of the surgery?
You should be able to achieve long term weight loss but this depends on your ability to keep your new lifestyle. Long term weight loss should improve most obesity related health problems you may have.
What does the operation involve?
The healthcare team will carry out a number of checks prior to surgery. Your surgeon will remove excess stomach and the bougie. They may use stitches to reinforce the staple line and may test for leaks using dye injected down a small tube. For about 1 in 100 people it will not be possible to complete the operation using keyhole surgery.
Our team will work with you to develop your individualised weight loss program and support you through it. You will receive expert guidance on:
- Nutrition with an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)
- Fitness with a qualified personal trainer or exercise physiologist
- Behaviour and habit changes with a registered psychologist
- You will also have access to patient support groups and extra counselling sessions with clinical staff if desired or deemed necessary.
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Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.
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