Obesity is a widespread phenomenon in today’s world. It is caused as a product of our unhealthy eating habits and considered to be a lifestyle disease. When controlled diet and regular exercise fail to bring an effect people go for bariatric surgery for losing weight. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a popular bariatric surgery method.
The main concept of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is to restrict the amount of food that the stomach can hold. This is brought about by restricting a part of the stomach thereby reducing its volume and quantity of food consumed at a time. Unlike other bariatric surgery procedures, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy does not lead to malabsorption. Thus, it does not cause deficiency of nutrients in patients.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is conducted as a standalone procedure or as a step of multi stage procedure in severe cases. The procedure limits food consumption by satisfying hunger quickly. The restricted stomach provides a feeling of fullness even with intake of small quantity of food. It reduces the production of hunger hormone as well.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a laparoscopic bariatric surgery procedure. It is minimally invasive and requires about four or five small incisions in the abdominal area for inserting the laparoscope and other instruments needed for the surgery.
The surgery is done by removing a portion (about 75%) of stomach and leaving behind a narrow portion of tube or sleeve. Intestines are not bypassed or removed. The procedure takes about an hour to complete.
The advantages of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy include a very small recovery time, improvement in obesity related ailments, lack of foreign body issues like in other forms of bariatric surgery, decreased appetite and so on. The procedure helps to decrease about 70% of the unwanted weight during the first year after surgery. This procedure does not have complications associated with surgeries as well.
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