If you are used to eating unhealthy meals your eating habits must change after the gastric sleeve procedure and one of the most noteworthy changes that you and those around you will notice right after the surgery is that your hunger is reduced because the biochemical that cause hunger sensations are offset when about 60% of your stomach is removed in surgery. The most notable gain of the whole process is the extent of weight you lose.
Challenges after gastric sleeve surgery
Deciding whether gastric sleeve surgery is right for you is a detailed process one that not only involves complete dietary and lifestyle changes but multiple psychological consultations as a way to help you cope with the significant changes in the future. Side effects can range from mild discomfort to those requiring surgery. A mild yet common side effects of vertical sleeve gastrectomy is diarrhea, dumping syndrome, and vomiting. Dumping syndrome occurs when patients eat food too quickly, while vomiting will usually be caused by acid reflux and improper diet.
The primary physical challenge experienced by some gastric surgery patients is the sagging skin. While some patients will learn to live with it and appreciate the weight loss process, some patients don’t like the way sagging skin looks with and without clothes on. Losing an excess amount of weight naturally does result in much excess skin, and one of the most common areas is the tummy, arms, face as well as hips buttock and weapons. There are many options available for fixing the loose skin (after stabilizing your weight) you can look forward to getting a total body-lift that includes a tummy-tuck, a lateral thigh-lift, and a buttock-lift or buttock-augmentation.
Some severe side effects of gastric sleeve surgery include inflammation in the lining of the stomach or gastritis, internal bleeding or leaking of the sleeve, pain, and bloating in the abdominal area. Leaking of the sleeve is primarily caused by staples not staying in place and allowing leakage that can cause stomach acids leaking, leading to tissue infection. In this case, patients may require another operation to fix the problem.
Other problems that patients may be faced with is wound infection and blood clot. These two major complications can be fatal if not treated immediately. Thrombosis (blood clots) may form due to lack of mobility and can lead to stroke, heart attack and unfortunately death.
Patients must see a doctor straight away when they notice unusual swelling, redness, pain, loss of sensation, paralysis, and paleness in the arms and legs. Smokers have an increased risk of thrombosis and doctors will recommend that they quit before and after surgery. Surgery or medication may be vital to remove or dissolve the clot.
Strictures may also occur after gastric sleeve surgery. The opening to and from the stomach becomes inflamed preventing food from entering the stomach. It can usually be treated with rest, nothing by mouth, intravenous fluids or endoscopic dilatation depending on the length of the stricture.