Will the Gastric Sleeve Help PCOS?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can be an extremely uncomfortable, frustrating condition to live with. Unfortunately, PCOS isn’t considered curable, but all hope is not lost. Those struggling with the condition can find relief in effective management through a variety of means, with one of those including weight loss. In this respect, any effort or steps to lose weight are positive in helping alleviate symptoms, and if you’ve been struggling to do so via traditional methods alone then medical weight loss may be the answer.

Medical weight loss can come in a variety of forms. This can include gastric balloons as well as bariatric surgeries such as the gastric sleeve or gastric bypass. These surgeries in particular are available to eligible patients with a BMI over 35. The gastric sleeve, for example, helps patients lose 70% of their excess body weight on average. It achieves this by restricting the space inside the stomach and reducing the production of the hunger hormone known as ghrelin.

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

The gastric bypass is similar, except it is also considered a largely malabsorptive procedure. The bypass doesn’t require the removal of up to 80% of the stomach like the sleeve, instead the surgeon works to restructure the ‘plumbing’ of the stomach, creating a new stomach pouch. This procedure is known as the ‘gold standard’ of bariatric surgery and many sleeve patients look to revise their surgeries and turn them into a bypass. This is known as revision surgery.

Gastric balloons are non-surgical and temporary devices used primarily to help patients change their habits. They work by occupying 60% of the stomach, delaying gastric emptying, and suppressing production of the hunger hormone known as ghrelin. Depending on balloon, patients lose an average of between 10 – 18% of their body weight. Once removed, the aim is to maintain the new weight by using the knowledge gained during your aftercare programme. All three procedures may be an option if you are struggling with PCOS and you should get in touch directly with a member of our team to learn more.

PCOS and Weight Loss

A key factor that plays into exacerbated symptoms of PCOS is hormonal imbalance and being overweight can impact this further. Typical with many problems linked to obesity, it can become a vicious cycle of one ‘feeding’ the other. Whilst it is easy to become trapped, there is help available to those that look for it, one being medical weight loss. Bariatric surgery in particular has been studied for its relationship to the easing of symptoms for PCOS. Even a small amount of weight loss can result in improved insulin resistance, hormone levels, menstrual cycles, and overall quality of life. It is reported that this can be achieved by losing between 5 and 10% of your body weight.

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