Losing weight is a battle that millions of people find themselves struggling in, as nearly 37% of American adults are considered obese. Risks for further health complications increase the longer your weight is uncontrolled. Sometimes, however, traditional weight loss methods aren’t enough to deal with the issue.
If you have unsuccessfully tried everything from diet changes to exercise and weight loss medications and still struggle with morbid obesity, a sleeve gastrectomy may be able to get you on the track to better health.
What is a Sleeve Gastrectomy?
A Sleeve Gastrectomy is a minimally invasive bariatric procedure that reduces your stomach size. The surgery uses small incisions to divide your stomach into two parts, removing nearly 80 percent of it for good.
In the end, your stomach is reduced to the size of a banana, leaving you with a smaller appetite, so you take in less food and lose weight.
Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy
A sleeve gastrectomy offers you significant health benefits in addition to rapid weight loss. The procedure can help you lower the risk of obesity-related health problems such as:
- High blood pressure
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Relief from joint pain
- Type 2 Diabetes
- And other
What Are Requirements For a Sleeve Gastrectomy?
There is a criterion you have to meet before a sleeve gastrectomy is an option for you. First, you must be between the ages of 15 and 75.
Next, you must be 80 pounds overweight, and your BMI (Body mass index) must be 40 or higher.
Also, you must demonstrate a history of failed weight loss attempts or inability to lose weight.
Other requirements include:
- Obesity-related health conditions that can be dangerous if untreated
- Psychological preparedness
- Commitment to life-long changes after surgery
All procedures come with risks, and it’s crucial to understand the potential complications of sleeve gastrectomy.
Undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy puts you at risk of infections, adverse reactions to anesthesia, dehydration, gastritis, or leaks from the incision.
Let Us Help
If you have questions and want to know if a sleeve gastrectomy may be for you, please call Dr. Jacob today. Schedule a consultation by calling our office at (212) 879-6677.