The Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Surgery is a big decision. Not only is it a financial investment, but it’s can also a physically and emotionally demanding process. When it comes to weight loss surgery, there are a lot of different options to choose from. One of the most popular surgeries is the gastric sleeve. In this blog post, we’ll explore the gastric sleeve procedure, what it involves, and what the recovery process is like.

The gastric sleeve, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy is a weight loss surgery that involves removing a portion of the stomach. This helps to reduce the amount of food the stomach can hold, meaning you feel full quicker. The surgery can also help to reduce the body’s production of hunger-inducing hormones.

This surgery is usually reserved for people who are obese and have not been able to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. The gastric sleeve can be a successful way to lose a significant amount of weight and improve a person’s overall health.

If you are considering the gastric sleeve, it is important to consult with a weight loss specialist to see if the surgery is right for you. The gastric sleeve is not for everyone, and it is important to make sure that you are a good candidate for the surgery before proceeding.

There are both benefits and risks associated with the gastric sleeve. Some of the potential benefits include improved health, increased energy levels, and a boost in self-confidence. However, there are also some risks to consider, such as the risk of complications from surgery and the possibility of regaining weight after surgery.

If you are considering the gastric sleeve, it is important to speak with your doctor to make sure that this surgery is right for you.

What are the advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Some of the potential benefits include:

  • Reduction in the amount of food ingested.
  • There is less risk of nutritional deficiencies when the body is still able to absorb necessary vitamins and minerals.
  • Reduction in hunger pangs due to less hunger-producing hormones being produced by the stomach
  • There is evidence to suggest that reducing weight can help to alleviate or reduce the severity of weight-related health issues such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea, etc.
  • Effective weight loss 25-30% of total body weight.

What are the downsides of Gastric Sleeve?

Any medical procedure, especially surgery, involves potential risks. However, the gastric sleeve has relatively low risks compared to other forms of bariatric surgery. Nevertheless, it is still important to understand the procedure and follow all aftercare directions to ensure you get the desired results. Some of the downsides include:

  • The stomach is permanently reduced by 80% through this irreversible procedure.
  • Requires 1-2 night’s stay in hospital.
  • Recovery may require around 2 weeks off work.
  • Patients should refrain from driving for at least ten days until they are sure they can do an emergency stop.
  • There is a risk of heartburn or reflux after the procedure.


Is a Gastric Sleeve right for me?

If you are considering a gastric sleeve, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with a bariatric specialist to check if this surgery is right for you.

Streamline has helped thousands of patients to achieve their life-changing weight loss goals over the last 15 years. Our experts can help find the right treatment option for you and we understand undergoing weight loss surgery is a big decision, which is why it is important to find a team that you can trust. During your consultation, we work with you to assess which kind of bariatric surgery is best for you.

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