Sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric procedure that has been in use for more than 30 years. Its risk and benefits are widely known. This procedure is recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Consejo Mexicano de Cirugía para la Obesidad y Enfermedades Metabólicas (CMCOEM), among others. This is a restrictive surgery since it permanently reduces the stomach to 80% of its capacity, which causes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food that can be ingested.
There are three reasons why the sleeve gastrectomy will help you lose weight:
Restriction: You will only be able to eat in small portions, learn to chew your food adequately and learn how to eat: quality not quantity.
Decreased Appetite: Ghrelin is a hormone related to the sensation of “being hungry” and it is produced within the body and fundus of the stomach, so when these two are removed, the hormone stops secreting and therefore the sensation of “being hungry” decreases significantly.
Delayed Gastric Emptying: When the stomach is made into a tubular form, food stays longer inside the stomach before it empties. This will make you feel “full up” for a longer period of time after a meal.
This procedure will help you to lose weight fast but with long-term success, which will depend mostly on your lifestyle changes.