Gastric sleeve operation is quite a popular operation for those who need to get bariatric surgery. While the procedure may look intimidating, it has very few risks when done in a professional and experienced clinic. Also, the recovery time of the operation is very easy and comfortable.
Getting a Gastric Sleeve
Gastric sleeve operation is one of the bariatric surgeries which aim to help patients lose weight easily. The stomach of an obese person is mostly bigger than the usual, and that’s why people who suffer from obesity have difficulties following their diets. With a gastric sleeve operation turkey, this process becomes much easier than before, thanks to removing a part of the stomach and making it able to take in less food.
Cost of Sleeve Gastrectomy
While most of the sleeve gastrectomy operations cost around 17.000$ in the US, different country options offer a much better service which is also much cheaper. As an example, it usually lowers to around 4.000$ in Turkey.
Bariatric sleeve is an operation type that aims the same goal as other bariatric surgery, helping patients lose weight. The procedure contains the removal of around %80 part of the patient’s stomach. This way, the patient won’t need to consume an excessive amount of food.
Sleeve operation’s recovery time can be rapid and easy as long as the patients follow their doctor’s instructions. The process is also very comfortable if done correctly under the right circumstances. This is why choosing which clinic you’ll get the surgery in is essential.
A gastric sleeve means removing the excess part of the patient’s stomach and helping them follow their diets and lose weight more accessible than before the operation. The operation and its recovery process are very comfortable thanks to developed techniques in our times.
Surgeries to treat obesity are called as major surgeries, and although no so common, as after all surgical procedures, they pose a number of risks. These risks get higher in direct proportion to the patient’s weight and age. The risk of fatality of these techniques ranges between 0.1 – 0.4%. But then again, this risk of 1-4 per thousand is an acceptable rate if the issue is considered in terms of profit/loss rate.
All surgical operation of today carry some risks; naturally, there are also risks in obesity surgery. However, an obesity surgery candidate should be examined for the operation in detail; after all examinations, patients should be operated by a professional surgical team and aftercare should be proper; this way bariatric surgery can be safely performed and the risk would significantly decrease.
All surgeries carry small or large risks; like there is some risks in gastric sleeve surgery. The age or weight of obese patients are the factors that affect this risk.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
The death risk of patients who had gastric sleeve surgery is between 1 to 4 per thousand. This rate can be decreased to zero when the surgery is performed with a professional surgery team benefits from the latest technologies and techniques.
On the other hand, this risk is much higher if obesity patients are not treated. If any consequences of significant cardiovascular disease or liver disease occur before the surgery, the patient cannot have gastric sleeve surgery although the operation is done with laparoscopy which means small incisions are created in the abdominal wall during the surgery.
After operation, incisions should be regularly cleaned by following the hygienic rules. Otherwise, the surgical site cannot be protected from infection. Infection of the incisions causes healing of the wound to prolong. It is also possible to encounter conditions like clots or lung embolism; however, thanks to air pressure socks, the clots problem of in the legs can be reduced.
After Gastric sleeve, body loses weight very quickly starting from the 1st week. Because of the major weight loss, the body also weakens and becomes lack of minerals and vitamins. Especially vitamin D loss is experienced a lot. As a result of all these, different problems can happen; most commonly, hair loss occurs. To minimize the harm of the reactions caused by the change of the body, the body should be supported with vitamins which are used under the supervision of a doctor. Digestive system conditions can occur as well in some of the patients who had this operation.
Although all these problems can change from patient to patient, they may appear as constipation or diarrhea. 80% of the stomach is taken out with gastric sleeve surgery, these problems which are experienced during the period of adapting the body to the new state go away in a few weeks. Sagging skin problem is also one of the problems experienced by almost every patient after gastric sleeve surgery. However with cosmetic excessive skin removal surgery, tummy tuck, droopy skin can be repaired.
Embolism risk can be fatal, and this risk continues for 3 weeks after surgery. After obesity surgery, it is less than 1%. It is the most significant and serious complication and can cause sudden death. To minimize the risk of embolism, blood thinners and embolism socks are necessary, and the patients are advised to walk as soon as possible.
Pneumonia, aspiration and lung extinction are some of the complications caused by general anesthesia and possible to be experienced after all operations. In order to lower these risks, the patients are strictly advised to quit smoking, to start walking as quickly as possible after the surgery and to practice breathing exercises. Folding around scar tissue after open bariatric surgery can stop the small bowel transitions. Another reason of intestinal obstruction is incisional hernias.
However, possible problems can be fixed again laparoscopically. Wound infections can happen after all surgeries. This rate is 5% in open surgeries. While treating these infections bandages, antibiotics, drainage, or reopening of the wound site may be required. In infected wounds, outpatient treatment is usually enough. Patients who are smoking are at bigger risk for infections.
Damage to the spleen and other organs; the spleen is situated in the upper part of the stomach and may be injured during surgery although not so common. The rate of spleen damage during laparoscopic bariatric surgery is less than 1%. If a spleen injury happens, the operation can be turned into open surgery and the spleen may need to be fixed. Pancreatitis is a rare but possible complication as well. However, these do not usually require surgical intervention.
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The first and most important mistake made by patients is consumption of acidic carbonated drink after Gastric Sleeve Surgery. When drinking drink with sugar inside, it may feel good for a moment; however, thirst and hunger feelings are inevitable in the following. Instead of drinks with sugar inside, it is better to prefer natural drinks such as milk, mineral water, lemonade, home-made sugar-free drinks.
Drinking water 2-3 liters per day support the burning of body fat; body cannot match its needs when with any less water. Body holds even a glass of water; makes edema, blocks urination and therefore losing weight becomes difficult.
When urine color is yellow and dense, this means that the person drinks inadequate amount of water. It is important to follow the nutrition plan not only for that is compulsory but actually patient make that their lifestyle and drink at least 2-3 liters of water every day.
If patients do not pay attention to their nutrition after Gastric sleeve surgery they will not be able to lose weight as quickly as they want after the surgery; patients may experience problems related to stomach or even lose the ability to feel full quickly if the stomach expands.
After gastric sleeve operations, patients should be careful with the nutrients they take and the amount of them. Patients who had gastric sleeve surgery should also be careful with their fluid intake; water or other liquids should not be consumed for 30-minutes before and after meals. Another factor that patients should be careful with is eating in small portions of food.
Patients can consume any food during the recovery period after surgery, but it is important to avoid sugary, fatty and generally multi-calorie foods; they should refrain eating snacks between meals. These habits, which seem unimportant, can turn into a regular habit over time and interfere the patients’ weight loss progression.
Patients who had gastric sleeve surgery should regularly calculate the calories of the food they ate. Although, they eat only small proportions, if what they eat has excess calories, it may disrupt weight loss. Carbonated, sugary, acidic or cream drinks should not be preferred after gastric sleeve surgery. It should be acknowledged that these can make the stomach uncomfortable and their calories are high.
From the fourth day after surgery, after completely liquid foods can be tolerated by the stomach, patients can consume soup, yogurt, milk-melted biscuits, providing grains are completely crushed and there is no roughness in them.
It is essential to eat these for the first 2 weeks, which are crushed or mashed and turned into a more liquid with milk, water, tea. During this process, it is advised to consume powdered protein supplements with liquids; still it is adequate to have a few tablespoons of them, and it should be spread to the day; any more than this would be harmful to body. In this period, carbonated and acidic drinks like cola or soda should be refrained; actually it is necessary to take them out from our lives for good for a healthy lifestyle. Because the stomach of those who had gastric sleeve surgery becomes different, when a small discomfort is experienced in the stomach, patients should stop eating and drinking. After gastric sleeve surgery, it is suitable for patients who complete the 2 weeks’ period without any problems to start to consume pureed feeding.
Small wounds or discomforts which occurred in the stomach pouch during surgery heal in 2 weeks. Therefore, soft or semi-solid foods can be conveniently consumed when in small portions. In this period, it is best to focus on protein-rich foods. Because taking only liquid and semi-liquid foods during the last 2 weeks can make the body and metabolism, weaker; protein is necessary to recover. But then again, fatty, salty, sugary foods are strictly not advised; these nutrients are hard to digest.
In this sense, all the foods allowed in the liquid nutrition plan crushed soft-boiled eggs, fat-free cheese, pureed fruits and vegetables, baby food can conveniently be eaten. The third week after the surgery, when it also passed smoothly, boiled vegetables can be consumed by mashed. Portions of them should not exceed a glass of water.
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