A gastric sleeve is a type of bariatric surgery that is performed in an effort to combat obesity and the comorbidities associated with it. If you are looking into the gastric sleeve, one of your first questions will probably be how exactly does a gastric sleeve result in weight loss? As with many surgical procedures there is usually more going on than meets the eye, leading to an interesting set of answers that we are able to provide prospective patients.
The gastric sleeve is known to facilitate an average weight loss of around 70% of an individuals excess weight over a two year period.
Reduction in Size
Also known as the vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a surgeon will look to reduce the size of the stomach by around 80%. What is left resembles a ‘sleeve’ shape, hence the name of the procedure itself. This newly sized stomach significantly restricts the amount of food a patient can eat, also restricting the way a patient thinks and approaches eating. Our dietetic support will help you to understand how and what you can eat with your new stomach in order to best facilitate weight loss.
Reduction in the Hunger Hormone
The hunger hormone, ghrelin, is responsible for regulating our appetite. Alerting our brains to make us feel hungry, the amount of the hunger hormone produced varies from person to person and often adjusts with what is expected. By reducing the stomach by 80%, a surgeon isn’t only removing your ability to physically consume a certain amount of food, but it also restricts the stomachs ability to produce ghrelin, thus leaving you feeling fuller for longer.
For more information regarding the hunger hormone, you can read our dedicated blog on the subject.
Alternatives to the Gastric Sleeve?
When researching medical weight loss, it is good to understand all of your options. Allure Weightloss are providers of the private gastric sleeve in the UK, as well as the gastric bypass, Orbera 365 gastric balloon, and Allurion Swallowable Gastric Balloon.
More Questions About the Gastric Sleeve?
Speak to an advisor today. Send a message, drop us a line, or make use of our enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible. The gastric sleeve is a powerful, lifechanging and saving form of surgery. At Allure Weightloss, patients experience high levels of care that are supported by an experienced and talented team.
Allure Weightloss is a CQC registered provider of bariatric surgeries in the UK.