Gastric sleeve surgery is also known as a sleeve gastrectomy or tube gastrectomy. This surgery helps people with massive or morbid obesity lose weight.
Unlike the gastric band, there is no need to have adjustments made to get the sleeve working well.
You will need to have regular and comprehensive blood tests to check your nutritional well-being. You will also need to take vitamin and mineral supplements because removal of part of the stomach does impact on your nutritional health in both the short and long-term.
In November 2014, I am going to the annual conference of Obesity Surgeons Society Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ). I will keep you updated on any news from the event.
What is it? Part of the stomach is cut away and removed. Staples reconnect the cut edges to create a very small stomach that holds barely 1/3 cup when first created. The volume the stomach holds depends on your surgeon's technique but 1/2 cup is typically the volume the sleeve settles to after a few weeks. Over the first year, this tiny stomach does stretch and can hold 1 cup or more at a time.
Straight after surgery, hunger and appetite disappear.
Most of the excess weight is lost during the first 6 to 9 months and by 12 months the rate of weight loss slows. That may be partly explained by the fact the stomach has stretched and hold more. It could also be due to a return in appetite and hunger.
Trudy's new book The Gastric Sleeve Guide: food, nutrition and lifestyle solutions before and after your sleeve gastrectomy has arrived (Oct 2014) and orders are being delivered now.