The question, “How is Gastric Sleeve Surgery done?” can have a variety of answers depending upon what the procedure is called and what type of sleeve it is. Gastric sleeve surgery sometimes called a duodenal switch or duodenum sleeve is a type of sleeve gastrectomy that involves the removal of part or all of the stomach. Since the stomach has a significant relationship to the proper functioning of digestion, the removal of this organ can directly affect a patient’s ability to digest his or her food. Gastric sleeve surgery may be used to treat certain conditions including; functional obesity, excessive body fat, excessive fluid retention, severe weight loss, hiatal hernia, and excessive skin laxity in the abdominal area.
The surgical incision occurs under the lower end of the stomach (abdominal wall). The upper end of the stomach is not affected since it lies close to the duodenum. The surgeon will make an incision that creates an opening for the stomach to empty into. The surgeon uses special instruments, known as a laparoscope, which has a small camera attached to it, so that he or she can see the progress of the surgery while under it.
After the laparoscopic stomach incision is made, the surgeon then makes an incision that removes the majority of the stomach along with the duodenum and small intestine. The small intestine is then left attached to the abdominal wall. A small pouch is created where the food and drinks are stored during the surgery.
During surgery, a large tube, called a laparoscope, is inserted through the small opening and down the back of the patient’s throat. The laparoscope is equipped with a camera attached to it, so that it can see the procedure very clearly. In the abdomen area, the surgeon uses a small, flexible laparoscope that has a small camera attached to it. This camera helps the surgeon see what is going on as he or she makes the small incision in the stomach. Afterward, a bandage is applied to protect the skin from being injured during the healing process.
How is gastric sleeve surgery performed?
First, the doctor puts an incision around the navel and under the diaphragm. Then, a small pouch is made. It is filled later with saline solution and a bandage is applied to protect it. Within a week, patients can be back to work, feeding themselves at the dining room table and eating small meals.
If you want a quick recovery from this type of surgery, then you may want to take some time off from work after having it done. You will have to stay away from heavy foods, such as those that are high in cholesterol and fat. After about seven days, you will be ready to go back to your normal routine, including going to the gym and having regular exercise. You will find that there are no complications from having gastric banding or the procedure itself.
As a patient who wants to know how it is done, another important question is about the side effects. Most people experience very few side effects. The most common is one or two small symptoms, such as diarrhea, heartburn, and sore throat. Other symptoms include swelling at the site of the gastric banding, bruising, and a small amount of scarring.
If you have decided to go through with the procedure and would like more information about how it is done, contact your doctor for more details. He or she can give you more detailed information about the procedure and its benefits as well as risks. In addition, he or she can help answer any questions that you may have about the side effects that you might experience after the operation.