The gastric sleeve process is proven to work by reducing the space for food in your stomach and the feeling of hunger between meals. The procedure removes a large portion of your stomach, reducing it to the size of a small banana or arm sleeve shape, to restrict the food you can consume in a meal. You will feel full after a much smaller meal than you may be accustomed.
This procedure is not reversible, so considerable time will be taken to ensure that this is the best option for you, but there are many perks to this procedure that will be discussed in during the pre- operative process.. People generally lose 60% of their extra weight over 12 to 18 months. Medical conditions that can be resolved due to obesity.. Diabetes, Hypertension, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Exercise and eating right are required to experience these kinds of weight changes.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery is a “Tool” in resolving the obesity health issues. This procedure demands that each person make changes to their lifestyles both mentally and physically and emotionally, in order for success to be achieved. All patients stay one night in the hospital then discharged to home with information to assist in the healing process. West Texas Bariatrics asks that all patients come see their surgeon two weeks after their bariatric surgery, and to follow up frequently to help monitor their success of weight loss surgery. During these visits we will review their medications, weight loss, and overall health.
Our free seminars are designed to meet any concerns you have and give accurate information into what you can expect from each type of bariatric surgery. This time is created for you to bring any questions you have for our physician to answer.
Gastric sleeve surgery cost can vary depending on factors such as insurance and where the procedure is performed. Our gastric sleeve prices at West Texas Bariatric in Lubbock are standard, however to get a quote you’ll need to contact us over the phone or through an appointment. We’ll be able to give you an accurate estimate of gastric sleeve surgery.
Patients are able to leave the hospital usually after one night’s stay. Patients are generally advised to take two weeks off of work to allow for recovery time. Most patients are able to return to all activities, including exercise and heavy lifting, after about 6-8 weeks. However, your doctor will be the one to tell you how long you need to take to recover as everyone’s situation is different.
Yes, many insurance providers will pay for gastric sleeve surgery. You will want to check with your insurance provider to make sure that gastric sleeve surgery is covered under your current scheme. We have a list of insurance providers that we work with, simply call us to find out if your insurance provider is on our list.
Your stomach will remain the same tube-like shape after the gastric sleeve procedure if you do not have any revision surgery. The procedure is not reversible, however revision surgery is an option for patients who are unhappy with the results of their surgery. We offer revision surgery for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and more.
Eating too much after gastric sleeve surgery can cause severe abdominal pain, gas, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It’s important that patients stick to the recommended amount of food and that they get their protein goals met.
It is possible for the stomach to increase in size after gastric sleeve surgery, however this is a slow process. Eating greater and greater amounts of food can lead to an increase in the size of the stomach. Revision surgery can be done for patients who want to have their stomach surgically re-altered to what it was before.
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