Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss procedure that involves the removal of 80% of the stomach. It is the most common bariatric surgery in the USA and Europe with 54% of all weight loss surgeries. Patients can get back to their routine in a short time and get rid of the excess weight very quickly. A Sleeve Gastrectomy operation can be performed with many different techniques and the surgeon will choose the best method considering the unique features of the patient. Sleeve Gastrectomy is typically done if the patient has already tried losing weight with exercise and diet. People with weight related health problems and a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher are the most common candidates for the procedure.
Before Sleeve Gastrectomy in Turkey
The surgeon will evaluate the overall health and medical history of the patient. Various lab test and examinations might be required. Prior to surgery, there might be restrictions on what the patient eats and drinks. Similarly, medications used by the patient might be replaced with alternatives. The best techniques will be chosen and the procedure will be planned.
During Sleeve Gastrectomy in Turkey
The method chosen and specifics depend on the individual situation and the surgeon’s practices. The traditional method involves the removal of stomach through a large incision. Most of the time, the procedure is performed laparoscopically, which uses small instruments inserted through small incision in the upper abdomen area. The stomach is stapled vertically an the curved part is removed.
After Sleeve Gastrectomy in Turkey
For the first week, a liquid diet without sugar and carbonated drinks will be followed. For weeks 2,3 and 4 the patient will eat pureed foods and after 4 weeks, regular foods can be consumed. A calcium supplements and multivitamins will be prescribed for life. Frequent check ups are recommended during the first months to make sure the patient’s overall health is good.
The operation provides long term results. Depending on lifestyle and habits, patients can loose up to 60% of their previous weight. The results also improve other factors such as hearth health, blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, Type 2 diabetes etc.
Who are good candidates for Sleeve Gastrectomy in Turkey?
- Body Mass Index (BMI) 35 or higher
- Committed to lifestyle change
- Has health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or any weight related disease
- Want to reduce risks of hearth diseases, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and cholesterol, type 2 diabetes etc.