Small Incisions… Big Decisions
Gastric Sleeve or Sleeve Gastrectomy
This involves the surgeon removing about 70 to 85 % of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve.
This operation is performed laparoscopically, meaning that the surgeon makes small incisions as opposed to one large incision. They then insert a viewing tube with a small camera (laparoscope) and other instruments into these small incisions to remove part of the stomach. The tube-shaped stomach that is left is sealed closed with staples. The patient needs to clearly understand that unlike some other procedures this is not reversible.
A sleeve gastrectomy differs from other procedures as food enters the new stomach pouch/tube and then follows the same route, as it would normally do, hence there are no absorption issues with a sleeve gastrectomy.
The aim is to use the sleeve gastrectomy to increase satiety and therefore reduce food consumption, which will result in weight loss working similarly to a gastric band but without the need for adjustments or the concern for its position and status.
What our clients say
Comments from happy customers
“Your team were all so helpful and made my transition to a new life a dream come true. I now love exercising most days of the week and find healthy eating so much more enjoyable. I can’t imagine I’d ever be at this weight if it weren’t for the surgery.”
Janice M, Glasgow
“I am truly thankful to the Aspire team for putting the biggest smile on my face. I recommend this surgery to anyone who is tired of being unhealthy. Do the research, follow the program plan and commit to this life changing experience!”
Robert M, East Kilbride
“Getting the sleeve was the tool I needed to turn my weight loss failures into a weight loss success story. I know my journey is not yet over but with the support I have from family, friends and the Aspire team I am able to conquer any goals I set forth.”
Lorna C, Inverness
“I did this for myself but in the end it’s been the best thing for my family — I didn’t think it would affect my family as much as it has. To see my children as proud of me as they are has been well worth everything!”
Sara P, Aberdeen
“This surgery and the support from the whole Aspire team has really helped me to be successful. Weight loss surgery is not a diet it is a whole new life! I embrace every single day with a new attitude. Thank you so much!”
Michelle R, Edinburgh
Frequently asked questions
How Will My Life Change after Surgery?
Lifetime follow-up is recommended, with at least three follow-up visits during the first year. Adjustable gastric banding requires more frequent visits for band adjustments. You will need to adopt a healthy lifestyle, including a new nutrition plan and regular exercise, although exercise restrictions may be in place until you are healed. Because of the decrease in food intake, constipation may occur. A laxative may be recommended. You may want to consider or may require reconstructive operations after your weight stabilizes.
Medications can be prescribed as needed. However, your doctor may tell you to avoid aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which can irritate the stomach.
How Will My Diet Change?
Immediately following adjustable gastric banding, only sips of water are allowed. Over the next two weeks, the consumption amount is increased gradually with fluids in the form of water and liquids, such as clear broth, skimmed milk, low-calorie juice and sugar-free ice lollies. You will need to watch how many calories you eat and limit your liquid intake to avoid nausea and vomiting. Low-fat pureed foods, protein-rich chicken and fish, mashed potatoes and peas are started three to four weeks after the operation.
Patients who undergo more invasive procedures follow a similar dietary progression for 12 weeks and then they are allowed regular, healthy foods.
Once healed, care must be taken to let your stomach adapt to its new environment. Vitamin supplements may be necessary
How Long Will It Take for Me to Recover?
That depends on the procedure. Patients, who undergo laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy surgery tend to stay in the hospital for typically one night.
Recovery times differ too. In one study, patients returned to normal activity in about one week after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and between two to three weeks after a sleeve gastrectomy.
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