How much weight is lost after gastric sleeve surgery?

During the first year after surgery, up to 80% of the excessive weight is lost.

What should be done before gastric sleeve surgery?

Patients have to stop eating heavy food 5 days prior to surgery. Apart from that, if patients smoke, they have to give up smoking right after making a decision to undergo the operation. The early patients give up smoking, the more efficient the treatment will be.

How is the pregnancy period after gastric sleeve surgery?

Due to the significant changes in human body during the first 12 months after surgery, it is strictly discouraged to be pregnant during this period. In the following months, patients may get pregnant after doctor controls.

Will there be loose or sagging skin after gastric sleeve surgery?

If exercises are done regularly after gastric sleeve surgery, loose skin can be mostly prevented. After finishing the procedure, patients can get cosmetic surgical treatment.

Should I get vitamin support after gastric sleeve surgery?

In order to strengthen immunity and facilitate recovery process, vitamin support should be provided for at least 1 year after gastric sleeve surgery.

How long is the surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery takes approximately 1 hour.

May I be unable to lose weight or regain weight after gastric sleeve surgery?

As long as patients manage a healthy eating habit, there will not be weight gain. However, if patients eat high-calorie food, there might be weight gain.

When can patients return to work after gastric sleeve surgery?

The time required to get on your feet after obesity surgeries is very short. Due to the fact that these surgeries are performed laparoscopically, tissue damage is kept at minimum and recovery time is extremely short. Patients having a desk job may go back to work in 2 days after being released from the hospital, while patients working actively may continue working in 5 days.

Can stomach grow again after gastric sleeve surgery?

Laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery involves removal of the 80-85% part of the stomach. Re-growth of the stomach over time may be observed. For this reason, patients have to clearly distinguish their solid and liquid food during the eating program period.

Due to which reasons may the gastric sleeve surgery be cancelled or postponed?

Pre-surgery medical examination results are evaluated thoroughly by neurologists, endocrinologists, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, general surgeon and otolaryngologist. In case any of these doctors detect ineligibility, the surgery is cancelled or planned to a later date with the intention of treating the health problem preventing the patient from getting surgery.

Can gastric balloon be installed after gastric sleeve revision surgery?

It should not be installed because it may cause significant complications.

Does post-surgery sleep apnoea go away?

It is observed on most patients that it goes away.

Is there any pain after gastric sleeve surgery?

Post-surgery pain is minimal and it does not deteriorate the quality of your life.

What are the advantages of gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is more comfortable and easier compared to other surgeries. Patient hospitalization period is approx. 3-4 days and patients do not experience significant pain problems after the surgery.

When can patients begin smoking again?

Smoking significantly delays the healing process of wounds, especially those on internal organs, thus it is strictly discouraged to smoke during the first 2-3 months after gastric sleeve surgery.

How should I regulate taking medicaments after gastric sleeve surgery?

To be able to begin medicine intake, you need to wait for 1 month after gastric sleeve surgery. After this period, heavy medicaments should be taken with high amounts of water and accompanied with stomach protecting pills.

Will I have hair loss after gastric sleeve surgery?

Due to the stress the patients experience during gastric sleeve surgery process and reduced vitamin and mineral intake caused by diminished stomach, there might be temporary hair loss.

What is the age limit for gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is applied to patients aged 18-65 and surgery decision is made only after analyzing all medical tests and doctor controls.

Can patients get a resting report from doctors after gastric sleeve surgery?

Yes they can.

When does weight loss end after gastric sleeve surgery?

It takes between 12-18 days to reach the ideal weight after gastric sleeve surgery. It may vary from patient to patient. The factors affecting weight loss rate are: exercising program, gender, age, accompanying illnesses, metabolism speed. As patients approach the ideal weight, the weight loss slows down and stops when patients reach the ideal weight.

May nursing mothers undergo gastric sleeve surgery?

Babies are fed with mother’s milk for the first 6 months. Milk quality is heavily affected by the amount and balance of nutrients taken by the mother. Thus it is not recommended to undergo gastric sleeve surgery during the first 6 months of the baby’s life.

What is gastric sleeve revision surgery? In which situations it is performed?

As we enter the year 2021, we see an increase in the number of stomach revision surgeries performed. Due to a unsuccessfully executed surgery previously, or patients being inattentive with their nutrition, there are patient groups who want to undergo a second gastric sleeve surgery. One of the most popular reasons for needing a revision surgery: During the surgery, the part of the stomach to be diminished is kept very small in the end, leaving the fundus part comparably larger and it causes appetite hormones to be released in higher amounts. This contributes to the faster enlargement of the stomach.

The cause of mindless eating and not separating solid/liquid food is stopping high calorie food intake. Individuals with alcohol problem also may experience a faster weight gain after surgery. Regaining weight after obesity surgeries is highly possible if patients eat food with excessive calories.

What complications can be seen after gastric sleeve surgery?

There are 3 complications worth mentioning:

  1. Thromboembolism: It is a life threatening situation where blood clot forms, especially in deep veins of legs and possibly clogs blood vessels of lungs.
    This risk is highly reduced with the following actions: low molecule weight heparin before surgery, pneumatic socks worn during surgery, early mobilization of patients after surgery (4 hours after operation)
  2. Bleeding
    Patient should be carefully monitored after surgery.
  3. Leakage
    If there is an opening in the operated segment and there is a leakage of stomach content into the abdominal cavity, it is defined as leakage. It is a complication treatable after early detection by patient’s reporting in time.

When can patients begin exercising after obesity surgery?

In the first 15 days after surgery: walking with light tempo. After 15 days: walking with a good tempo. 1 month later: swimming. 3 months later: pilates. 6 months later: other heavy sports are allowed.

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