sleeve gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy

These days, many patients from the West travel to India for plastic surgery procedures. medical tourism in India has witnessed immense growth and popularity because of the affordable treatment and quality care. When it comes to Sleeve Gastrectomy, Indian Bariatric Surgeons are the best. Board-certified, trained and experienced, they make sure you get the best results. We help you get contacted to Bariatric surgeons who have expertise and experience in performing Sleeve Gastrectomy.

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed for weight loss by limiting the intake of food. It is a laparoscopic surgery in which the surgeon removes nearly 75 percent of the stomach. This results in the abdomen taking on the shape of the sleeve or tube that holds less food. It was originally devised as the first stage of a two-stage process for high-risk or super-obese patients, the procedure is now successfully and commonly performed as a destination surgery for weight loss in patients having BMI greater than 40.

In the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure, there is no implantation of the foreign body like with the adjustable gastric band, and there is no intricate intestinal rearrangement, as in the case of gastric bypass. Usually, patients can eat a variety of food items, including fibrous vegetables and meats. Unlike the gastric bypass and adjustable gastric band, the sleeve gastrectomy is a permanent procedure. it is not possible to reverse the procedure.

What happened during the procedure?

The entire duration of the surgery lasts between an hour and two and is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon would make a few small cuts in your stomach for inserting a laparoscope – a device with a small camera that relays pictures to the monitor. Through other additional cuts, the surgeon would then insert other medical tools and instruments and remove nearly 3/4th of your belly. Finally, the remaining part of your stomach is attached to form the tube or ‘sleeve’. You might have to stay in the hospital for three to four days.

After the surgery

Make sure that you adhere to the instructions given by the surgeon after the procedure. your diet would start with noncarbonated liquids and sugar-free liquids for the first week slowly progressing to pureed food items for the next three weeks, and finally to regular foods nearly four weeks after the procedure. The surgeon would prescribe multivitamins, calcium, vitamin B 12 and other medications.

In the first few months after the weight-loss surgery, you have to visit the surgeon for frequent medical check-ups. You might also have to undergo regular laboratory testing, examinations, and bloodwork.

You might experience changes as your body reacts to the weight loss in the first three to six months after sleeve gastrectomy, including:

  • Mood changes
  • Dry Skin
  • Body Aches
  • Hair Loss and Hair Thinning
  • Feeling cold
  • Feeling tired and drained out, just like the flu


The results of the sleeve gastrectomy provide long-term and permanent results. The amount of weight you lose depends entirely on lifestyle habits. It is possible to get rid of nearly 60 percent of weight or maybe more, within two years of the procedure.

Along with weight-loss, sleeve gastrectomy might resolve or improve conditions related to being overweight, including:

  • Infertility
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol

Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure can help you in other ways, including the ability to perform routine daily activities, and can also help improve the quality of your life.

Who can undergo this surgery?

The procedure is usually performed on patients who are excessively obese to have other types of weight loss procedures with the expectation that another surgery would be performed once the weight has been reduced, or on individuals who do not suffer from co-morbidities and are young.

Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • It might be performed as the first stage of a 2-stage operation
  • Mineral and vitamin supplementation might be required for a relatively shorter duration compared to gastric bypass.
  • It does not need reconnecting or disconnecting the intestines
  • The surgery eliminates the part of the stomach (fundus) that produces ghrelin – a hormone that stimulates hunger
  • Technically, it is simpler a surgery than gastric bypass

The decision to undergo Sleeve Gastrectomy in India would help you get the best results. Get in touch with us and know more about it.

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