How to Know When Sleeve Gastrectomy Is the Right Option For Weight Loss

You’ve tried diets. You’ve tried exercise. You’ve tried medical support for weight loss. Still, you have a lot of weight to lose to achieve good health.

At Trinity Bariatric Institute, Dr. David Dyslin is ready to help when you’re considering an operation to address obesity. Gastric sleeve surgery is an option in which Dr. Dyslin removes the outer 85% of the stomach, leaving a long narrow stomach, which reduces the amount someone is able to eat and reduces hunger.

Your stomach is about one-tenth the size of its original, so you eat much less and still feel full. With the surgery, part of your stomach that releases hunger hormones is also removed.

Consider gastric sleeve surgery if you find any of the following affects you.

Your BMI is at least 40

BMI, or body mass index, is a calculation based on your height and weight. A BMI of 25-29 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or greater is obese. A BMI of 40 is significantly overweight — usually at least 100 pounds or more over a healthy size.

You have serious health issues associated with obesity

Obesity can lead to inflammation in your body and heighten your risk of chronic disease. If you have issues including high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and infertility associated with your weight, a sleeve gastrectomy can be a quick solution for weight loss that may just save your life.

You’ve been told you’re too obese or sick for gastric bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is a more complex procedure that may put some very obese people in danger due to possible complications. A sleeve gastrectomy is simpler, meaning it poses less of a risk to the patient: you.

After the surgery and the subsequent weight loss, you may then be a candidate for gastric bypass.

You’re concerned about nutritional status

In other weight loss surgeries, your intestines may be rerouted, potentially affecting how your body absorbs food. With sleeve gastrectomy, your intestines aren’t affected at all — so you don’t have to worry about your body absorbing essential nutrients to support healing and good health.

You’re ready for a permanent solution

A sleeve gastrectomy is a permanent solution to obesity. About 85% of your stomach is removed and can’t be restored. With other options, such as gastric banding, you have the option of reversing the surgery. A sleeve gastrectomy comes with a high success rate. You can expect to lose about 60% of your excess weight on average over 12-18 months. That means, on average, if you are 100 pounds overweight, you would lose 60 pounds!

You’re psychologically and physically prepared for surgery

When you’re ready to take a major step and commit to a new way of eating and living, gastric sleeve surgery is right for you. Dr. Dyslin evaluates your commitment to ensure surgery is the right step for you.

Physically, you need to be healthy enough to tolerate general anesthesia and the healing process. You must not be a smoker, as this can delay healing and cause other health complications during and after surgery.

A sleeve gastrectomy is a valid option for weight loss for many obese people. Consult Dr. Dyslin to find out if it’s right for you. Call today or arrange an appointment using this website.

4 Benefits of Losing Weight With a Gastric Balloon

When conventional weight loss strategies have failed to help you lose weight or keep the weight off, Dr. Dyslin may recommend weight loss surgery. The gastric balloon, or intragastric balloon, is a promising option for many people who are mildly overweight or obese or who aren’t candidates for other forms of bariatric surgery.

A temporary, reversible weight loss device inserted in your stomach, a gastric balloon can remain in place for up to six months. Dr. Dyslin places the balloon during an endoscopic procedure — through your mouth — so it’s less invasive than other weight loss procedures.

When the balloon is inflated with a small tube, it reduces the amount of food your stomach can hold, which causes you to feel full faster and may positively affect the production of some of your hunger hormones.

Choosing a gastric balloon for weight loss offers a number of advantages. Here is why you might consider this procedure for your weight loss journey.

1. Helps jump-start weight loss

While many weight loss surgeries require you to have a body mass index of at least 40, you can qualify for a gastric balloon procedure with a BMI of only 27. You may use the gastric balloon for six months to curb your appetite and make it easier to comply with prescribed diets and create behavioral changes.

The balloon can help you become accustomed to eating smaller portions of food. You may also use it for dramatic weight loss prior to a one-time event, such as a wedding or reunion.

2. Good for extreme obesity

If you have a BMI greater than 60 or can’t undergo invasive surgery due to health conditions, a gastric balloon can help. You may use it to lose some initial weight so you can qualify for gastric bypass or sleeve surgery.

The gastric balloon may also help you alleviate some obesity-related health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, which can make future gastric bypass surgery safer and easier for Dr. Dyslin to perform.

3. Easier procedure

A gastric balloon procedure is less invasive than major surgery, such as gastric bypass. It requires sedation or anesthesia, but it doesn’t involve incisions or blood loss. As a result, you can go home the same day and recover faster than you might from gastric bypass. Gastric balloon procedures are also less costly compared with a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass.

4. Few side effects

Insertion of a gastric balloon has few side effects, and complications are rare. You may have some pain and nausea for a day or two after the balloon is in place, but this usually resolves on its own.

A gastric balloon procedure isn’t right for everyone, however. We here at David Dyslin Bariatrics carefully consider your weight loss goals, current health, and lifestyle when recommending a gastric balloon or other weight loss procedure. To learn more about how you can benefit from medical support to achieve your healthy weight, call our office or book a consultation online using this website.

The Ins and Outs of Recovery From Gastric Bypass Surgery

During gastric bypass surgery, Dr. Dyslin reconfigures your stomach into a pouch — essentially reducing its size. Your new, smaller stomach is then connected to the middle portion of the small intestine.

You lose weight because your stomach has a smaller capacity and bypasses the upper part of the small intestine, where calories and some nutrients are absorbed.

Surgery is usually a final strategy for weight loss when conventional diet, behavior changes, medications, and pre-packaged meals fail. Weight-loss surgery is not easy and requires recovery.

Before you undergo the laparoscopic or even robotic surgery, know what to expect during this recovery period and what will become your new normal.

Immediate recovery

Usually, gastric bypass surgery is performed laparoscopically, using a micro camera and tiny instruments inserted into very small incisions. The benefit of laparoscopic surgery is that you usually have a shorter recovery time.

If you do require open surgery, Dr. Dyslin makes larger incisions, which requires a longer healing time. Both laparoscopic surgery and open surgery are performed under general anesthesia.

Most people spend one to two days in the hospital following gastric bypass surgery. This time is necessary to ensure you recover from the anesthesia and that you don’t have any complications as a result of the operation. In the vast majority of cases, men and women have no serious problems following gastric bypass.

Infections at the sites of incisions from surgery can develop within seven to 10 days of the procedure. You may have warmth, pain, redness, or pus drainage at the sites. In some cases, you may also run a fever. You’ll need antibiotics and possible follow-up surgery if you develop an infection.

Walk, walk, walk

Following surgery, you won’t be expected to return to normal activities or exercise for at least a month. But, you will be encouraged to walk soon after surgery — even while still in the hospital — to discourage blood clots and other complications.

Once you go home, it’s important to stay mobile with gentle walking, too.

Constipation

It’s normal to have some changes in your stool habits following gastric bypass surgery; you may not have a bowel movement every day.

Constipation is a common side effect of gastric bypass surgery and is usually temporary. Constipation means you have hard bowel movements less than once per week.

You experience constipation because your intake of food and beverages has reduced due to your stomach’s new, smaller capacity. Make sure you still consume plenty of fiber and drink ample water to make your system move smoothly.

Narcotic pain relievers prescribed immediately following surgery also cause constipation. If you’re taking an iron supplement or other medications, these too may be responsible.

Gallstones

When you lose weight quickly, gallstones can result. As many as 50% of patients who undergo gastric bypass develop them.

Usually, the gallstones are harmless but in 15-25% of people, surgery to remove the gallbladder is necessary after gastric bypass surgery.

Dumping syndrome

After gastric bypass surgery, your body doesn’t have tolerance for high-sugar meals. If you consume soda, candy, or fruit juice, you may experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and cramping as the food rushes through the digestive tract and stomach.

Nutrient absorption changes

The shortened intestine means some nutrients may not be absorbed as readily as they were in the past. People who undergo gastric bypass sometimes fall short on iron, folate, calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B-12.

Ask the team at David Dyslin Bariatrics about supplements to support your intake of these essential nutrients.

Lifestyle changes

Weight-loss surgery is a dramatic life move. The procedure affects how you eat, move, and feel. You’ll get the support necessary at David Dyslin Bariatrics, including learning how to commit to smaller, more frequent meals, follow a more nutritious meal plan, and exercise regularly.

These steps support your long-term success and recovery from gastric bypass.