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Laparoscopy Sleeve Gastrectomy - Know More About The Procedure!

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Bariatrician, Bangalore
Laparoscopy Sleeve Gastrectomy - Know More About The Procedure!

To lose weight is not an easy task, especially when patients get diagnosed with morbid obesity, as per their Body Mass Index. After going through some unsuccessful attempts at losing weight through control of one’s diet, regular exercises or pharmacotherapy, which happen to be some of the most common methods that have been medically supervised for weight loss, surgery might represent the only source. Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy happens to be one of the methods of surgery, directed towards weight loss and it belongs to the category of bariatric surgery.

Who all can undergo this surgery of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy?
This particular surgery is mainly intended for those people, who have extremely high Body Mass Index or BMI, ones who suffer from comorbidities or even for those, who have a complex history of surgery. As it is an invasive procedure, physicians tend to only consider this in situations where there is high risk involved medically for bypass or for those patients who prefer to undergo a more permanent surgery. This does not involve any kind of device to get placed inside the patient’s body as it happens during the case of procedures of gastric band.

The procedure of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

  • The surgeon removes close to 90% of the stomach, thus reducing its size and capacity to increase one’s ability to lose weight.
  • The stomach gets divided vertically into two portions, hence creating a small pouch.
  • Then, after stapling the stomach, the surgeon removes the excess portion.
  • It is a kind of restrictive operation as it puts a limit on the intake of food but does not bring in any change to the normal functioning of the digestive system.
  • The process is known as laparoscopic as it does not require open surgery.
  • The surgeon just makes 5-6 small cuts in the abdomen, through which he gets through his surgical instruments, which include a laparoscopic camera.
  • This helps to increase the visibility of the surgeon, while the method helps to carry out the surgery in painless manner, with less of scarring and minimum recovery time.
  • There is no risk of any kind of infections and adhesions.

Efficacy of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
This particular bariatric surgery of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is an effective method through which one can lose weight due to some reasons that include:

  • As it is a laparoscopic surgery, the normal functioning of stomach, nerves and digestive system do not get affected.
  • There is less likelihood of developing the dumping syndrome.
  • There is also low risk of ulcers and patients need not visit hospitals from time to time.
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