When researching gastric sleeve surgery as a possible weight loss solution for you, you may come across a lot of talk about how this procedure did not work for some people. Unfortunately, this only tells you half the story. Before you decide against it completely, here’s a look at how it works and what exactly leads to gastric sleeve failure.
What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
This is a specific type of weight loss surgery that involves removing part of your stomach and joining the remaining portions together to form a smaller pouch or sleeve. The sleeve is considerably smaller than your original stomach. The idea behind gastric sleeve surgery is that by creating a smaller sleeve you’ll feel full much faster, thereby taking in fewer calories. Consistently consuming smaller portions of food and fewer calories will help you lose weight and keep it off.
What Causes Gastric Sleeve Failure And How To Avoid It
It sounds pretty straightforward and fail-proof so what could possibly go wrong. Here’s a look at some of the most common factors that cause gastric sleeve failure and how to avoid it.
Choose the Best Surgeon
Choosing the best bariatric surgeon is really the single most important factor in determining the success of your gastric sleeve surgery. You want to choose a surgeon who has experience with this specific procedure.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Post-Op Instructions
Your surgeon will give you instructions on what you should and shouldn’t do in order to lose weight. Yes, it will require some amount of discipline on your part but this is integral to your weight loss success. Some things may be difficult at the beginning but persistence will pay off in the end and you’ll be so much better for it.
Avoid Drinking Liquids While Eating
When you drink liquids while eating, it can cause your new sleeve to overfill faster. This increases the risk of the sleeve overstretching. Continuously drinking liquids while eating will reverse the effects of the surgery permanently, resulting in the dreaded gastric sleeve failure. After this type of procedure, the best practice is to drink liquids at least five to ten minutes before a meal and thirty to forty-five minutes after a meal.
Avoid Carbonated and Other High-Calorie Drinks
Carbonated drinks contain gas, which can cause the sleeve to get overly distended and expand. High calorie drinks are just as bad. Your gut will absorb all the liquid calories, making it difficult to lose the weight you’re trying to lose. To ensure the success of your surgery, make it a habit to stay hydrated with water and low calorie drinks only.
How Dr. Choi Can Help Minimize Gastric Sleeve Failure
Dr. Choi is a renowned bariatric surgeon in South Florida. He has vast experience with performing gastric sleeve surgery with a high success rate. The positive testimonies from his patients speaks volumes about his expertise in this area.
If you are not sure whether gastric sleeve surgery is right for you, schedule a program consultation with Dr. Choi to get professional, expert advice on all aspects of this procedure.
Minimize your risks of gastric sleeve failure by calling Dr. Choi today at 305-821-3795