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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Obesity is considered as a major health concern for millions who are affected by it. In fact, in developed countries it has taken the form of an epidemic as almost one-third of the population is found to be obese. Obesity can be explained as accumulation of fat in the body which far exceeds body’s skeletal & physical standards. Obesity therefore becomes a health hazard when body weight exceeds 20% of standard weight of the individual. Obesity is a risk factor & is associated with many life-threatening diseases such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, certain cancers, incontinence, low back pain, & many others. It also affects the quality of life. Treatment of various medical conditions caused due to obesity weighs heavy on the purse too as medical expenditure increases many fold.  

The best option out of this quagmire is to maintain ideal body weight through healthy living involving proper diet & regular exercise. But adhering to this lifestyle is not possible for many due to sedentary lifestyles like sitting for long hours at work place & many other reasons which eventually lead to obesity. Hence, doctors now advice obese & morbidly obese individuals to go in for weight loss surgeries so as to reduce body weight.


Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG)


In laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, the size of stomach is reduced significantly & which limits the intake of food. It is a restrictive procedure where almost 75% of the stomach is removed leaving only a narrow gastric tube or “sleeve”. In this procedure the intestines are left intact. Decrease in size of stomach limits food intake while it does not affect the digestion or absorption of food. There is also a significant effect on gut hormones that make you feel less hungry & fuller for long.

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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure

Sleeve gastrectomy is performed as a laparoscopic procedure lasting for a couple of hours. It involves a number of small incisions in the abdomen & under guidance of camera a large part of the stomach is removed leaving behind only a small banana shaped portion called the “sleeve”. Surgical Staples are applied so as to keep the new stomach closed. Sleeve gastrectomy procedure is an irreversible operation.

LSG is recommended for –

  • Individuals with Body Mass Index greater than 40 or with Body Mass Index of 35 or greater with obesity related health problems.
  • Severe co-morbidities like cardiac, pulmonary, and/or liver disease are present.
  • Age – 18 years or older.
  • Attempts to lose weight with diet, exercise or medicine have been ineffective.
  • Patients with lower BMI but suffering from Type 2 diabetes.
  • Suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease).
  • Obese patients with severe heart or lung disease may benefit from LSG as it is a shorter & lower risk surgery.
  • Patients with severely enlarged liver.
  • Patients having ruled out any underlying health problem causing weight gain.
  • Patient is psychologically stable & not suffering from any psychological problems like bulimia.
  • Patient is willing to follow postoperative guidelines related to diet, activity & follow-up care.
  • Surgery is not recommended for patients known to abuse drugs or alcohol.

What to expect after LS?

LSG is used as a primary weight loss procedure. Excellent weight loss is observed within the first three years. Patients with lower BMI who undergo LSG lose about 60% to 80% of excess weight within 3 years. More than 75% of patients who have undergone LSG show remarkable improvement of obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, sleep apnea & others. But success finally depends on patient’s adherence to dietary recommendations, regular exercise & regular follow-up with medical team.

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Risks involved are similar to other surgeries. There could be infection in incisions. There could be a blood clot or embolism in lung or some conditions arising due to nutritional deficiencies like anemia & osteoporosis.

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An accurate assessment of patient’s health status has to be made before going in for any procedure. Patients can happily connect with IndianMedTrip so as to seek expert medical opinions about weight-loss options including Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy from specialists in India. IndianMedTrip consultants fix ‘post & preoperative’ consultation with doctors, appointments with surgeons & schedule timely travel. They even help in planning holiday tours to exotic places in India after surgery or treatment. IndianMedTrip is linked with many trusted hospitals/clinics in India who provide affordable options in Bariatric surgery. These hospitals are internationally accredited & render world-class medical facilities along with special personalized care. Associated doctors & surgeons are highly qualified & skilled in their respective specialties. All options are available under a single roof!!


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