Who Is a Good Candidate for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Jul 30, 2016 — by Daniel Huacuz, MD
Tags: Gastric Sleeve

A woman on her couchHere at Certified Bariatric Surgeons, our team of surgical weight loss specialists always aim to achieve the best possible results. Our Tijuana bariatrics clinic offers many options for patients seeking fast and safe weight loss.

Gastric sleeve surgery is an effective bariatric procedure, and one that has increased in popularity over the years. Let's take a moment to cover the basics of the surgery and then see who might benefit from the gastric sleeve procedure.

What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve surgery is a type of restrictive weight loss surgery. This means that it involves a restriction on the amount of calories a person can consume in a single meal. Patients have the overall size of their stomach surgically reduced. This causes patients to become full at a much faster rate.

By restricting calorie consumption and reducing sensations of hunger, the gastric sleeve allows people to lose weight rapidly and safely. It's similar in some ways to the gastric band procedure, though the gastric sleeve involves a permanent surgical change to stomach size, whereas the gastric band simply cinches off part of the stomach to reduce size.

General Candidates for Gastric Sleeve

The best candidates for gastric sleeve surgery are people who are obese or morbidly obese, and who need to lose weight in order to address health problems associated with their current body mass. They should be healthy enough to tolerate a weight loss surgery without putting their overall well-being at risk.

Good for Treating Obesity-Related Conditions

In general, gastric sleeve surgery is ideal for helping address obesity-related illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Weight loss procedures such as gastric sleeve surgery can also prevent issues with joint pain and arthritis later in life since losing weight puts less stress on the joints in the long run.

Patients Looking for Simplicity and Safety

While the gastric bypass is one of the more well-known bariatric procedures around, the gastric sleeve is a far more simple and effective surgery. There is less rerouting and alteration of the digestive tract, which means a much lower chance of complications and severe side effects.

In addition, the gastric sleeve tends to be less complicated than a gastric banding procedure. Sometimes additional surgeries need to be performed to adjust the band that cinches the stomach. This is not a concern for gastric sleeve surgery.

Patients Looking for Excellent Results

The results of gastric sleeve surgery can be quite remarkable, allowing patients to look their absolute best and feel great as well. Patients will lose weight quickly in the first year or so, achieving a far more ideal body mass with results that can last for many years with proper diet and regular exercise.

The Importance of Realistic Expectations

As with all bariatric procedures, it's important that patients have realistic expectations about the result of their surgery. This will allow them to experience optimal patient satisfaction, and it will help them understand that the recovery process will involve work and commitment on their part. Realistic expectations mean achievable health goals.

Learn More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

For more information about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can benefit you, be sure to contact our team of weight loss surgery experts today. The team here at Certified Bariatric Surgeons looks forward to you visit and helping you achieve a healthier life.

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