Gastric sleeve surgery, like other weight loss surgery, is reserved for those living with morbid obesity. This procedure reduces the risk for detrimental health problems that often arise in individuals living with obesity.
Severe obesity is a complex condition with many causes, including genetics. Diet, exercise and medication often are not enough to enable people with severe obesity to lose weight and keep it off. If you struggle with this, weight-loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) may offer a road to a healthier, longer life.
The medical team at A Better You Wellness and Weight Loss Center is committed to delivering the highest quality care with compassion and respect. We offer a complete range of surgical weight-loss options, including sleeve gastrectomy, and with more than 99 percent of our patients, we're able to use a minimally invasive (robotic) approach. This reduces postoperative pain and complications, shortens hospital stays and allows patients to get back to normal activities sooner.
Our experienced team of bariatric surgeons, nurse practitioners, cardiologists, dietitians, and OR nurses is equipped to handle the most challenging and complicated cases, including repairs of unsuccessful bariatric operations done at other hospitals.
To keep the weight off, patients must commit to lifelong dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes after surgery. To help you succeed, we offer follow-up services, such as support groups, nutritional counseling and continuing education. To find out whether you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery, please visit Eligibility for Weight Loss Surgery. We also hold regular information sessions, which are free and open to the public.
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After bariatric surgery at A Better You: Most people lose 50 to 70 percent of their excess weight in the year following their surgery. Patients lose about 75 to 125 pounds on average. In 80 to 90 percent of patients, obesity-related problems, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, arthritis and high cholesterol, improve or disappear. Long-term complications occur in only 1 to 3 percent of patients.
Dr. John Thomas and the team at A Better You Wellness & Weight Loss employ their expertise in bariatric surgery to offer weight loss services to those in need. With a reputation for successful weight loss and low rates of complications, this type of bariatric surgery is a popular choice for those who wish to overcome the health problems associated with morbid obesity.
Patients opt for gastric sleeve surgery because it offers many benefits to overall health and wellness. These potential advantages include:
- Reduction of hunger
- Shorter operation time:
- Compared to gastric bypass surgery
- Doesn’t require rerouting of intestines
- No dumping syndrome
- Adjustments aren’t necessary
- No foreign objects left in the body
- Weight loss occurs gradually over a span of 18 months
Most patients are expected to lose about 60% of their excess weight (different from your total weight). Implementing daily exercise can help the patient exceed the 60% mark, while reverting back to poor eating habits can thwart the 60% loss of excess weight. Maintaining healthy habits post-surgery is critical to keep the weight off. Following this life-changing procedure, it takes arduous effort to maintain a healthy diet, routine exercise, and a positive mindset to motivate you.
Recovery varies among patients. Some are able to leave on the same day, while others may spend a day or two recovering in the hospital.
The doctor may review expectations and recommendations that follow your discharge:
- Sipping liquids constantly to keep from becoming dehydrated
- Difficult or painful bowel movements
- Medications for pain and reducing acidity
- Monitoring your activity: It’s advised to walk but not to lift anything heavy
- Bathing in a hot tub isn’t recommended for 3 weeks after surgery, as it may increase risk for infection
- Waiting anywhere between two to four weeks after surgery to return to work: Depending on your healing process and physical capabilities