4 Ways Gastric Sleeve Surgery Changes Lives
Are you frustrated with your inability to lose weight? Tired of being trapped in an endless cycle of yo-yo dieting, over-exercising, cleanses, and calorie counting?
You’re not alone — an estimated 160 million Americans are either obese or overweight. That’s over 30% of the United States population!
The good news is, there are proven methods to help you lose weight and keep it off. Bariatric surgery is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) as the most effective treatment to combat severe obesity and maintain long-term weight loss.
Gastric sleeve surgery is the most popular form of weight loss surgery available today. Let’s take a look at four ways gastric sleeve surgery can change your life for the better.
1. Gastric sleeve surgery breaks unsuccessful cycles of dieting
It’s not all in your head — dieting to lose weight doesn’t work. In fact, people who are affected by severe obesity are resistant to long-term weight loss from diet and exercise alone. In the long run, restricting calories doesn’t make a difference for weight loss.
Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, affects the body differently than diet and exercise. During the procedure, around 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving a “sleeve” about the size of a banana. A smaller stomach means you’ll feel full faster and have fewer cravings.
Besides reducing the size of your stomach, gastric sleeve surgery also affects hormone levels in the gastrointestinal tract. The gastric fundus, an area of the stomach that produces ghrelin, the “hunger hormone,” is removed during gastric sleeve surgery.
When your body produces less ghrelin, you feel less hungry. This leads to gastric sleeve patients losing up to 75% of excess weight over a period of two years.
2. Gastric sleeve surgery resolves weight-related health conditions
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), bariatric surgeries can resolve obesity-related conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, one of the leading causes of preventable death nationwide.
Nearly 90% of patients lowered their blood sugar after gastric sleeve surgery. A reduction in blood sugar levels can improve diabetes-related health problems and eliminate the need for diabetes medication. Losing weight with the gastric sleeve can also reduce the effects of sleep apnea and COPD.
3. Gastric sleeve surgery sets you up for long-term success
Having a smaller stomach after gastric sleeve surgery means you will approach food in a whole new way. Here at Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics, our team of compassionate weight loss experts work with you one-on-one to ensure your long-term success. You’ll learn new eating habits from our nutritionists, stay on track with weekly check-ins, have access to peer support groups, and more.
Food no longer has to be the enemy. After gastric sleeve surgery, we’ll teach you how to use food as a tool to keep you full and satisfied!
4. Gastric sleeve surgery improves your overall quality of life
Losing weight and being healthier are a few of the ways your life will change for the better after your weight loss procedure. But it’s not only about that. Losing weight (for good) means you’ll be able to do things you never thought possible.
Say goodbye to feeling winded when you go up and down the stairs. Enjoy playing with your kids at their pace, instead of watching from the sidelines. Look in the mirror and love the person you see in front of you.
Ready to find out more about bariatric surgeries like the gastric sleeve? Schedule an appointment with Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics at any of our offices in Marlboro, Hillsboro, Princeton, or Somerset!