Sleeve gastrectomy is a weight loss procedure that works by reducing the size of your stomach in order to help you to stick to a healthy diet. If you are considering gastric sleeve surgery, it is important to know what kind of weight loss to expect after the procedure.
Gastric sleeve surgery can make it easier for you to lose weight, but it won’t do the hard work for you. You will need to make some significant long term changes to your diet and lifestyle after the surgery in order to reach your weight loss goals. The surgery will make it easier for you to commit to these changes by:
– Reducing the size of your stomach so that it takes less food to fill it up when you are eating. You should feel satisfied with smaller meals as long as you don’t overeat and stretch your stomach.
– Reducing the amount of appetite stimulating hormones that your stomach is producing, so that you feel less hungry even though you are on a restricted diet. Having less of an appetite should help you to resist the temptation to cheat on your diet, although you will still need lots of willpower to reach your target weight.
Although the amount of weight that is lost after gastric sleeve surgery will be different for everyone, it is possible to get an idea of how much you can expect to lose. It is important to have realistic expectations of how much weight you could lose and how long it will take. Sleeve gastrectomy is generally a reliable tool for weight loss. Most people who follow their diet correctly after the surgery will be able to lose 50-60% of their excess weight within two years. You should then be able to lose the rest of your excess weight, at a slower rate.
However, the amount that you lose will depend on how much excess weight you have, what you eat, how much exercise you do and how your body reacts to the surgery.