4 Things to Know Before Having Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Of all the things you should learn about a gastric sleeve, what to expect may be one of the most important. Gastric sleeve surgery, or a sleeve gastrectomy, is a type of weight loss surgery that involves removing about 70% of your stomach.
As such, many patients are curious about the surgical procedure itself and potential side-effects that may arise from it.
But when you follow-up with patients who have had the surgery, concerns about the procedure are rarely an issue.
Gastric Sleeve: What to Expect
Everyone can have different reactions to different types of bariatric surgery, including gastric band and gastric bypass surgery, and you will hear different stories from those who have been through a procedure. If you’re thinking about gastric sleeve surgery, here’s some of what you can expect.
- You May Have Some Discomfort Following the Procedure – For a few days or so after the procedure, you may experience some nausea and soreness from the surgical incisions. Your doctor may prescribe medication depending on the severity of your symptoms. Later on, weeks after the surgery when you return to a more regular diet, you still may experience discomforts if you overeat.
- Your Eating Habits Will Change – As you probably know, you will feel full after eating a small amount of food. But that can lead to other changes in your eating habits that you may not realize, including eating many smaller meals throughout the day, instead of three larger meals. You’ll also have to avoid “junk” foods and carbonated beverages like pop, at least to some extent. Your stomach fills up on relatively little food and if what you eat doesn’t deliver the nutrition your body needs, it could result in a vitamin deficiency.
- Your Tastes in Food May Change – This is a positive side effect that’s only relatively recently being better documented and understood through clinical studies. Most people notice an increased sensitivity to sweetness and sourness in foods. The effect is such that you may naturally avoid many of the sorts of food that cause weight gain.
- It Can Help Improve More than Your Weight – If you suffer from sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes and/or high blood pressure, your symptoms may be reduced following the surgery.
Looking for more information? Feel free to contact our team at The Sleeve Clinic where we’ll be happy to provide you with more resources and details.