Gastric Sleeve

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

A sleeve gastrectomy is a life changing operation. It is used to help people to lose weight and improve their health. Losing weight lowers the risk of developing medical problems associated with obesity. For example, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, breathing problems and asthma. The sleeve gastrectomy makes your stomach smaller and should change the amount you can eat at your meals which will help you to lose weight. It is not a reversible procedure.

How does it work?

The operation involves removing approximately 85-90% of your stomach, leaving behind a narrow tube (sleeve), which becomes your new stomach. After the surgery food will follow the normal route into the smaller stomach and then on into the small intestine.

The operation also alters some of the hormone signals from the stomach and intestine to parts of the brain that control body weight: many patients report that following this operation they feel less like eating and feel fuller sooner and for longer after a meal.

As the size of your stomach has been reduced, the size of your meals will need to be reduced to be appropriate for your new small stomach. Your reduced portion size combined with low fat, low sugar choices will help you to lose weight
and maintain the weight lost.

The surgery is done laparoscopically, commonly known as “keyhole” surgery. This means that you will be up and about soon after surgery and should make a speedy recovery. Although you will have some pain after surgery this is usually not severe and easily controlled by painkillers.

How much weight can you expect to lose?

You can expect to lose around 50% of your excess weight in the first 6 months following surgery: However an excess weight loss of more than 50% is not uncommon in patients who do intensive exercising.

Example:
If your height : 1.65 m
BMI: 50.7
Weight 138 kg
Ideal BMI : 25, so your weight should be 68 kg
Excess body weight : 138 – 68 = 70 kg
You will lose 50% of the excess body weight, that is 35 kg in 6 months after surgery.

The amount of weight you are able to lose and keep off after surgery depends also on the lifestyle changes that you make, such as increasing the amount of exercise and eating a healthy diet. It is important to remember that the operation will not stop from you from craving certain foods or eating what you fancy.

Treatment TypePrice ($USD)Price ($AUD)Duration of StaysLocation
Gastric Sleeve$7,900$11,5007 DaysMalaysia

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