Weight loss and healthy living are lifelong processes that are not always easy, especially for those who live with the disease of obesity.
Still, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is important to your overall health. It can have positive effects on:
- Blood pressure
- Heart function
- Sleep habits
- Bone health
- Skin health
- Mental and emotional well-being
Gastric sleeve surgery may be an alternative for people who have tried to lose weight with no results. The procedure often helps patients lose about 70 percent of their excess weight.
Gastric sleeve surgery, or sleeve gastrectomy, is performed at Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital. During the procedure, a portion of the stomach is removed and what remains forms a small tube. After the operation, patients feel full faster and have a decreased desire for food. This surgery also decreases the amount of hormones in the stomach that increase appetite.
In some cases, the operation may be done through small incisions with a laparoscope. Laparoscopic procedures usually mean less postoperative pain and a shorter hospital stay. However, safety, not incision size, is our primary concern for every patient. Some people are not eligible for laparoscopic surgery, especially those with a high body mass index or who have had extensive previous abdominal surgery.
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the chance of major complications from sleeve gastrectomy is 2.2 percent. You should discuss potential complications with your physician while deciding on the procedure that is right for you. The potential risks and complications of sleeve gastrectomy include:
- Pulmonary embolism (blood clot that travels to the lungs)
- Heart attack
- Leakage where staples were placed
- Wound infection (especially with a traditional open incision)
- Hernia (bulge at the incision site)
- Stricture (abnormal tightening where stomach and intestine are sewn together)
- Death (1 to 2 percent risk)
For more information about Norton Weight Management Services or to schedule a free information session, call (502) 629-1234 or (888) 4-U-NORTON.