gastric sleeve patient post-op thinking

The Health Benefits of Having a Gastric Sleeve

When it comes down to it, patients tend to have gastric sleeves in order to lose weight and positively impact their health. Whilst a gastric sleeve can come with its own risks and complications, the myriad of health benefits and having the chance to turn your life around tends to outweigh the negatives. Why? Long-term a gastric sleeve procedure could save or extend a patients life, removing the impact that one or more associated comorbidities are having on the body.

What are Comorbidities?

Comorbidities are when one or more weight-related health issues combine with obesity to create further complications and risks for an individual. These may include, but are not exclusive to heart disease, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, mobility issues, sleep apnoea, excessive fatigue, and fatty liver. More comorbidities include type 2 diabetes, hypoventilation syndrome, and cancer. These factors can increase the overall risk of mortality, and thus addressing them is highly important. Unfortunately it is weight that can be a defining factor in many of these cases.

So, What is a Gastric Sleeve?

A gastric sleeve is a surgery performed under anaesthetic and is also known as the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Incisions are made on the abdomen, usually laparoscopically, and the consultant surgeon will endeavour to remove up to around 80% of the stomach. Doing this, the surgeon leaves behind a slim, sleeve like structure to the sleeve, reducing feelings of hunger and ability to consume the same amounts of food as before. Success with the gastric sleeve means an excess weight loss of up to around 70% in the first two years.

A gastric sleeve differs fundamentally to a gastric bypass, and is often performed before a person is eligible for a bypass.

gastric sleeve diagram showing full stomach and then stomach post-op which is reduced by 80%

Could a Gastric Sleeve be Right for Me?

Mr Periyathambi Jambulingam
Consultant Surgeon Mr P Jambulingam

If you have a BMI of 35 and above, or a BMI of 30 and above as well as existing comorbidities, the gastric sleeve might be an option for you. Speaking to a member of our team and consultant will provide further clarity. In the meantime, you can check your BMI using our online BMI calculator.

A gastric sleeve is a permanent, surgical procedure, and all patients must have tried traditional forms of weight loss prior. We encourage all patients to do as much research as they can in order to come to an informed, measured decision. Ultimately, your eligibility to have a gastric sleeve will be assessed by one of our Consultant Surgeons.

Cost and More

There are no extensive waiting lists with Allure Weightloss, only preparation time. Get in touch to learn when you could have the procedure, as well as receive your free no-obligation quote. Call our team today on 0345 512 0094, or email info@allureweightloss.com. Alternatively, use our enquiry portal.

As a CQC registered provider of bariatric surgery and gastric balloons, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality patient experience.

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