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Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

If you are considering weight loss surgery, you might be wondering what is meant by a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. The sleeve gastrectomy, which is also known as gastric sleeve surgery, is an operation that reduces the size of your stomach. A gastrectomy is an operation to remove part of your stomach.

What is a Sleeve Gastrectomy? 

Gastric sleeve surgery is also known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because of the shape of the remaining part of your stomach. After the rest of your stomach has been removed, the remaining section will be shaped into a vertical tube or sleeve about the same size as a banana. The sleeve will be sealed using surgical staples so that your stomach can function as normal. The only difference is that your stomach will be much smaller after a vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

How Can Gastric Sleeve Surgery Help You Lose Weight? 

A vertical sleeve gastrectomy can help you to lose weight in two important ways. Reducing the size of your stomach changes the messages that it is sending out to you about how much you have eaten and how hungry you are.

The first effect of the surgery is that it will leave you with a much smaller stomach. Your stomach will fill up faster when you are eating. It is important to recognise the feeling of fullness so that you know when to stop eating. If you keep eating too much after the surgery, your stomach can stretch out again. However, if you listen to what your stomach is telling you, it should become easier to eat the right size portions while still feeling satisfied at the end of the meal.

The second effect of the vertical sleeve gastrectomy is that it can reduce your appetite. Your stomach produces the hormones that make you feel hungry. Once the size of your stomach has been reduced, it won’t be able to produce such large quantities of these hormones any more. You won’t get so many messages telling you that you need to eat, which should make it easier to eat less.

Weight Loss After a Sleeve Gastrectomy 

The effects of the gastric sleeve procedure should help you to stick to your weight loss plan. Two of the most common reasons for failing on a diet are hunger and feeling unsatisfied at the end of a meal. By reducing these problems, the sleeve gastrectomy can make it easier for you to achieve your weight loss goals. You should see a significant reduction in your weight after the operation, as long as you follow your diet. The aim will be to lose weight gradually over the next two to three years, while learning the healthy eating and exercise habits that will help you to maintain your weight loss in the future.

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Weight-loss results vary from person to person and is not guaranteed after surgery.