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What Is Weight Loss Surgery? (Sleeve Gastrectomy)

Weight loss surgery is a surgical procedure for overweight people who have not achieved sufficient diet, exercise, and medication results. After the operation, there will be a significant change in the gastrointestinal system hormones that regulate hunger and blood sugar regulation.

With the stomach’s size, the patient needs less food and calories and can lose weight naturally. Because the body undergoes little stress, psychological trauma can be prevented.

How Is Weight Loss Surgery Performed?

With a weight loss surgery, 75% of the stomach is surgically removed. A large part of the stomach is surgically removed during a weight loss surgery. It is performed laparoscopically, i.e., without cutting into the abdominal wall, with special equipment in small holes.

As a result, the patient’s body is under less stress, and recovery can occur more quickly, and the patient can soon resume his daily life. A gastric sleeve, a gastric band operation, and a gastric bypass are three types of weight loss surgery.

About 75% of the stomach is permanently removed, and the remainder is connected to the intestines. This procedure is called a gastric sleeve and is irreversible. The gastric sleeve operation is performed with special surgical equipment with a camera on the end that is placed in 1.4 cm incisions. The part of the stomach that releases the ghrelin hormone, which causes a hungry feeling, is completely removed.

The best option for patients who consume too many carbohydrates and have the urge to eat frequently is weight loss surgery performed using the bypass laparoscopy method.

During this surgery, a small portion of the stomach is directly connected to the small intestine. A difference with gastric sleeve surgery is that the stomach is not entirely removed, but part is no longer used.

This method is called a silicone gastric band or gastric band. A silicone band is placed 3-4 cm below where the esophagus and stomach meet, and the stomach is divided into two.

The pouch above the stomach is small, and so when eating, this pouch and the patient fill up quickly. A difference with the gastric sleeve is that the gastric band is not irreversible. When the patient is at the desired weight, the gastric band can be removed.

Who Is Eligible For a Weight Loss Surgery?

First of all, diet, exercise, and drug treatment are applied to eliminate the causes that cause obesity.

Will I Get Pain or Scars After a Weight Loss Surgery?

Laparoscopic (closed) gastric sleeve surgery only uses millimetric holes to see little pain and little is visible. The photo shows a patient whose wound has healed after ten days.

After a few months, these welts will also disappear almost completely. The patient can get up immediately after surgery and go home after three days. On the 7th or 8th day, he can continue his daily life and go to work.

What Are the Risks of Weight Loss Surgery?

Dumping syndrome: After weight loss surgery, food and liquids can enter the intestines very quickly. As a result, the patient may feel nauseous, sweat, become fatigued, and develop diarrhea. Sweet food is almost impossible. To avoid this, the patient should adhere to the advice of the dietician.

The skin may droop or collapse as a result of the weight loss. In that case, plastic surgery can offer a solution. That is only possible after two years when the weight loss is complete.

What Are the Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery?

Deciding on a Weight Loss Surgery

First of all, your doctor will make a reasonable assessment of whether you are willing to lose weight, whether you will be cooperative and whether you are physically and psychologically ready for this process.

After these checks, you will discuss the benefits of the operation and the risks with your doctor.

Before surgery, your doctor may ask you to stop smoking, lose some weight, and check your blood sugar. This is only possible with your cooperation.

Preparing You For Weight Loss Surgery

Your doctor will tell you what to look out for before the operation and inform you in detail.

As with many surgical procedures, discontinue aspirin medications and blood thinners at least one week in advance. You should also eat 24-48 hours in advance, according to your doctor’s advice.

How Much Weight Can I Lose?

In the first three weeks, you will slowly and the month after you will lose weight quickly. You will have lost weight entirely in about six months, between 25-35 kilograms.

This operation has no disadvantages, even in the long run. If the patient does not adhere to his diet, weight loss can become complicated, and he may develop nutritional problems.

Can I Gain Weight Again?

Patients who do not adhere to their diet after surgery (for example, consuming high-calorie fluids, non-cooperative patients who cannot control eating) may regain the weight. For people who will not adhere to their diet, weight loss surgery is chosen instead of a “gastric sleeve.” (Success rate of 95%)

Nutrition After a Weight Loss Surgery

First of all, you should start with liquid food. After a while, solid foods can be consumed. Your doctor will decide when to switch to solid food.

Where is the Weight Loss Surgery Performed?

The weight loss surgery is being performed in Istanbul, Turkey. The procedures are carried out in fully-equipped private hospitals. In Turkey, weight loss surgery and gastric band operations are performed in a hospital where specialists from an obesity clinic are employed.

Weight Loss Surgery Prices In Turkey

You can find the prices for a weight loss surgery on our website under the heading “prices.”

The prices of a weight loss surgery in Turkey may be different from those in other countries. For example, prices in Belgium will differ from those in Turkey. The Euro exchange rate in Turkey is high. That is why a hotel, food and drink, operations, shopping are much cheaper.

Taking these factors into account, weight lost surgeries such as a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass can be performed less.

What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

A gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy) is a bariatric and metabolic surgical procedure where the stomach is reduced by 75%. The gastric sleeve reduces the stomach volume for significant weight loss.

Because surgical methods remove about two-thirds of the stomach, the person can eat less with each meal. After that, nutrition and exercise patterns are planned. It is also intended to reduce the feeling of hunger by controlling the ghrelin hormone released by the upper part of the stomach, called the fundus.

Are There Any Risks In Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

During the operation, the stomach is reduced in size but retains its natural structure. The stomach area that releases the ghrelin hormone and that causes the feeling of hunger is also removed. It is a suitable procedure for people with a BMI of over 35 and consists of a single step.

The gastric sleeve is recommended for people with a BMI between 35-40 and who suffer from additional illnesses such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or osteoarthritis. It is a procedure with a low risk of complication and a high safety factor for people who have been trying to lose weight for years without success.

How Gastric Sleeve Is Applied?

In gastric sleeve surgery, the closed method is preferred, and only five incisions, of which the largest 12 mm and the smallest 5 mm, are made. The procedure takes 60 minutes. During the operation, about two-thirds of the stomach is removed vertically to reduce stomach volume.

The remainder of the stomach has a volume of 100-150 ml and is in a tube. The operation is performed under general anesthesia, so the patient is asleep during the procedure and does not feel any pain. With the secure method, the recovery time is shorter, and scars are less visible after the operation.

Who Is Eligible For a Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

The gastric sleeve is applied to morbidly obese and super morbidly obese patients where other obesity operations are too risky. Gastric by-pass, biliopancreatic diversion procedures pose a significant risk in these individuals. The gastric sleeve is, therefore, the reason that it is applied to these patients.

Morbidly obese and super morbidly obese patients are brought to the desired weight with a gastric sleeve for other operations. After that, gastric by-pass, biliopancreatic diversion procedures can be applied.

With the development of medical technology and specialists’ experience, gastric sleeve surgery’s success rate is higher than expected. It can be performed on obese individuals as a first procedure; in this context, a gastric sleeve aids in treating obesity and its actual treatment.

In both America and Europe, obese patients most often choose the gastric sleeve.

People with obesity and a BMI over 35 can safely, without problems, opt for a gastric sleeve in the context of this information.

Who Is Not Eligible For Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

A gastric sleeve is a successful surgical procedure that can be used safely in the treatment of obesity. A gastric sleeve is not used in persons with a BMI below 35 and does not tolerate general anesthesia.

People with esophageal infections, severe psychiatric problems, and gastric hernias are also not eligible for a gastric sleeve. Other diseases can also be an obstacle to the operation. Therefore, the doctor should investigate and assess whether the person is qualified for a gastric sleeve.

What Are the Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Dangerous?

A laparoscopic gastric sleeve (stomach reduction) is a technique with a success rate of 60% in weight loss. This operation has no disadvantages, even in the long run. If a person does not adhere to their diet, losing weight can become complicated, and they have to deal with nutritional problems or even gain weight.

Can Weight Gain Again After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Patients who do not adhere to their diet after surgery (for example, consuming high-calorie fluids, non-cooperative patients who cannot control eating) may regain weight. For people who will not adhere to their diet, gastric by-pass surgery is chosen instead of a “gastric sleeve.” (Success rate of 95%)

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Recovery Process

After gastric sleeve surgery, the patent can start walking the first night and drink a few sips of water. After a day, you can drink 2 cups of water, and on the third day, the patient can consume apple juice, lactose-free milk, soup without chunks, and liquids and is discharged with a diet list.

A particular diet program is drawn up to feed himself healthily and get the necessary substances. This diet consists of clear liquids for the first week, soups for the second week, and purees for the third week. From the first month, the patient should chew solid food very well and eat it slowly. To achieve the desired weight, the patient should adhere to the diet and exercise regularly.

Where Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Performed?

The gastric sleeve operation is performed in a private hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. The hospital has an intensive care unit and meets all hygiene conditions.

Your hotel is a short distance from where your surgery will take place. The private hospital is 5 minutes from the airport.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Prices in Turkey?

You can find the price for a gastric sleeve operation on our website. During your stay in Turkey, your hotel, transfers, medicines, check-ups, dietician services, and several services are included in your package.

The reason that gastric sleeve operations in Turkey are low has to do with the Euro exchange rate. The low price, experienced doctors, top quality hotels, and hospitals make gastric sleeve surgery in Turkey attractive.

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