Why this procedure?
You may have gotten to a point where you’re not even trying anymore, and we understand. Obesity is not only exhausting for the body, but for the mind and spirit as well: it makes you prone to other diseases, crushes your self esteem and makes you feel constantly tired. Even though you want to get out of it, these symptoms keep getting in your head and making it really hard for you to make a change. We want to help you with that, so we decided to bring you an option to end obesity, as well as the certainty that you won’t go back to it ever again: our gastric sleeve procedure.
This procedure will eliminate a big part of your stomach, which will guarantee that you’ll change your eating habits immensely: not only how much you eat, but the type of food you eat. Of course, we’ll tell you everything there is to know about how to deal with your new stomach and food regime.
What happens during the gastric sleeve procedure?
During the gastric sleeve procedure, our surgeons permanently remove approximately 85% of the patient’s stomach by making a large incision in the abdomen and inserting a camera through that incision to be able to have a clear vision throughout the whole procedure. Then, they cut a big part of your stomach, giving the belly a new shape like that of a tube or a sleeve (hence the name).
The patients are left with a much smaller stomach that will help them feel satisfied with smaller food portions while at the same time allowing a normal digestion and nutrient absorption.
- Rapid weight loss.
- Requires a radical and positive change in the quantities and kinds of food you eat.
- One-time procedure only.
- Surgical fees
- Hospitalization expenses
- Anesthesia and Anesthesiologist
- Preoperative Analysis: Laboratory tests and EKG- Cardiologist Evaluation- (the EKG is perform in patients that are 40 years old and older)
- Medical Care (Nurses)
- Three months of free consultations and follow up visits after surgery
The following are consider extra expenses:
- Special compressive garment (if applicable)
- Medication (antibiotics and analgesic treatment)
- Overnight stay in Clinic or Hotel (if applicable)
Men and women who:
- Are at least 18 years old
- Have a body mass index of 32 or over.
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The recovery of this procedure is easier than you’d thought. You will have to stay a few nights in the hospital after you’ve had it done, but it’s mainly for observation purposes.
Regarding the eating part: your doctor will give you specific instructions as to what you should eat after the surgery, and it is very important that you listen to him. For example, for the first weeks after the surgery, you’ll have to eat only soft foods and liquids. We also recommend that you see a nutritionist to ensure better results.
Bowel movements may feel a little weird, but it’ll go back to normal within the first days after the surgery.
You must be aware that discomfort, pain, bruising and/or swelling may appear during the first days after the surgery, but the medication prescribed by your doctor will help you control it. Also, if any suture, bandage or compression garment were applied, a) they’ll dissolve naturally, b) they’ll have to be removed by your cosmetic surgeon or c) you may remove them yourself when he says it’s time; it depends on the case.
Don’t forget to follow your doctor’s instructions and to attend every one of your appointments. We need to work as a team to achieve the ultimate results.
(It is important to note that recovery specifications may vary depending on the procedure and the patient; your doctor will walk you through the details of your recovery process.)
When can I go back to work and resume my normal activities?
You’ll be able to return to your normal activities 1 or 2 weeks after the surgery.
Can I get a tan?
It is very important to avoid long sun exposure for a considerable amount of time after the surgery to prevent pigmentation on the scars. Depending on the procedure, you’ll doctor will tell you exactly for how long you you must avoid this.
Should I consider a specific time of the year to do my procedure?
Depending on the chosen procedure, some recoveries do better on winter, while others do better on the summer time. Ask your doctor for the option that better suits your case. You should also consider periods of time in which you’ll have time to relax, like the holidays, for example.
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