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What You Need to Do After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is an obvious and easy choice for those looking for a solution to their personal obesity. It's a choice made after failed attempts at just about every other option. It is not without pain or risk, but it can mean a much better future for the patient - given that the average weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery is 60% of the excess weight.

How It Works

During surgery, about 85% of the stomach is removed. This creates a tubular or sleeve-like stomach with a capacity of 60 to 150 cc. The stomach is reduced, but it keeps functioning as before surgery. Any weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery is better than no weight loss at all. But, you still need to work on long-term lifestyle changes.

A 100- pound weight loss can be expected. And, once you are comfortable enough to move, you can expect the weight loss to continue and increase over a 12-18 month period. This is different for every one, but such results are not unreasonable.

Eating Once Again

The upside is that there are few restrictions on food selections after gastric sleeve surgery. The downside is that, with only half the stomach remaining, some of the nutrition absorbed by the stomach and of the hormones produced in the stomach disappear.

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