GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY

(LAPAROSCOPIC SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY)

Gastric sleeve surgery is a weight loss procedure performed by Weight Loss Solutions Sunshine Coast.

The sleeve gastrectomy, commonly known as gastric sleeve surgery is performed by both our experienced bariatric surgeons. This surgery has been performed in Australia over the last decade. In this time it has become one of the most frequent medical procedures for weight loss. This is because it has a history of effectiveness for reducing weight.

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed at two Sunshine Coast hospital locations – Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, Birtinya or Noosa Private Hospital. Our surgeons operate as a team, with Dr Askew consulting in Birtinya, and Dr McLeod consulting in Noosa. Both surgeons also consult in Hervey Bay. This team approach to surgery means we can provide you with a high level of experience at every operation while at the same time, offering convenient locations for patient consultation and follow-up care.

What does gastric sleeve surgery involve?

The gastric sleeve is a surgical weight loss procedure which involves removing more than 3/4 of the stomach. This surgery is permanent and importantly, irreversible.

The formal name for this procedure is the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Surgeons perform this surgery mostly laparoscopically (by keyhole surgery). In some circumstances they may need, to perform it as an open procedure.

gastric sleeve surgery or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss

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How does the sleeve gastrectomy procedure help you lose weight?

The sleeve gastrectomy aids patient weight loss in two ways. It restricts stomach volume. It also creates metabolic changes.

Your stomach can typically expand to accommodate around 1.5 litres of food or liquid. In gastric sleeve surgery, surgeons use a tissue stapling device to remove the “expansile” segment of the stomach. A sleeve shaped stomach remains. The ‘sleeved stomach’ has a greatly reduced ability to expand. A feeling of fullness is reached after only a very small quantity of food. The remaining volume of the new stomach is around 120-200 mL. This equates to about a cup of food or liquid.

Surgery also produces significant metabolic effects. This is in addition to the reduction in volume of the stomach. For example, your stomach produces a hormone called Ghrelin. When surgeons remove the portion of your stomach, your Ghrelin levels also significantly reduce. These hormonal changes result in a marked improvement in hunger control. They also result in better glucose (sugar) control and early feeling of fullness (satiety). This helps to promote the relatively rapid weight loss we see in the first 6 -12 months after surgery.

What are the risks of the sleeve procedure?

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks involved. There are risks associated with the surgery itself. There are also risks with the anaesthetic administered during the operation. Patient complications are uncommon, but they can have a significant impact. They can also prolong your recovery process.

How much does gastric sleeve surgery cost?

There is an out of pocket expense involved with this procedure. The costs of gastric sleeve surgery will vary depending on your level of private health insurance. Patient costs also depend on your individual weight loss management needs. Find out how much this procedure costs in your circumstances.  Make a time to speak confidentially with our bariatric surgeons.

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