You just had gastric sleeve surgery and you’re excited to finally start losing weight. After following your pre-surgery recommendations, you’re ready for the reward of weight loss.
But what if losing weight takes longer than you expect? Or, what if you’re not losing weight after gastric sleeve surgery at all? These are valid concerns. Let’s start by learning more about gastric sleeve surgery to get a better idea of what to expect.
Gastric sleeve surgery: Benefits and weight loss projections
Gastric sleeve surgery is a popular surgical technique used to achieve significant weight loss in a short amount of time. It is a safe and minimally invasive surgery that removes 80% of the stomach.
No foreign objects are implanted, and no bypass is required. Because the stomach’s gut hormones play a strong role in appetite regulation, gastric sleeve surgery helps decrease appetite and supports weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold.
While weight loss is an obvious physical benefit, other gastric sleeve benefits include weight maintenance and a reduction in hunger. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, gastric sleeve surgery impacts the gut hormones and causes desirable changes in the stomach, leading to hunger suppression and increased satisfaction when eating.
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