How does the Gastric Sleeve work?
The Gastric Sleeve allows you to lose weight by helping to control portion size. Not only will you eat less but you will also feel full sooner. The food you eat passes through the digestive tract in the usual manner, allowing it to be fully absorbed in the body. Digestion and absorption of food and nutrients is not changed.
During the Gastric Sleeve procedure, a thin vertical “sleeve” of stomach is created (1) and divided from the rest of the stomach. The sleeve is about the size of a banana. The rest of the stomach (2) is removed.
The Gastric Sleeve procedure is performed using laparoscopic surgery. This is a minimally invasive technique that allows the procedure to be performed without making large incisions. Laparoscopic surgery results in shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures.
The procedure takes 60 to 90 minutes and is performed using general anaesthesia. On average, you will stay in the hospital for one to two days, usually returning to normal activities in 5 to 7 days and enjoying a full recovery in about 2 weeks.
The Gastric Sleeve procedure will ensure that small meals will satisfy you. You will gain control of your hunger; be able to go longer between meals, and the constant craving for food will subside. With that control, comes immense freedom!