Gastric sleeve

In the gastric sleeve operation, a large part of the stomach is removed in a sleeve-like manner, and in this way, the treated patient feels full quickly which helps him lose weight significantly and in a short time. These operations achieve very good results, as laparoscopic gastric sleeve gives the patient faster recovery time, better results, and less danger.

gastric sleeve

There are two types of gastric sleeves. Surgical procedure and laparoscopic procedure. 

during laparoscopic sleeves, about seventy-five per cent of the stomach is removed, leaving a narrow “tube” or “sleeve”; the intestines are not removed during the gastric sleeve process

Before the gastric sleeve operation

  • A complete blood workup will be done, which include analysis of glands, liver and kidney functions. 
  • The results will be presented to internal doctors, cardiologists and anaesthesia doctors to take their consent to perform this surgery for you.
  •  Your surgeon will ask you to stop taking certain medications such as aspirin. 
  • You should stop smoking and drinking alcohol for as long as possible before the operation, because that may cause a low oxygen level.
  •  Take a powerful antibiotic to prevent any infection during the operation.

During the process of gastric sleeve:

This procedure is currently performed by endoscopy in most cases, and the endoscope has helped avoid many complications of the surgery, especially complications on the abdominal region and wound healing, but in some cases, the doctor is forced to open the surgery as a result of adhesions resulting from previous operations that makes the use of the endoscope not possible.

the process can be shortened as follows:

  • Complete sterilization of the patient, doctor and medical staff.
  •  Anaesthesia is often general anaesthesia and your doctor may sometimes use local anaesthesia with hypnotics and medications that relax muscles.
  •  Your doctor makes five small openings each ranging from 1 cm to 2 cm or less.
  •  Through these openings, the doctor inserts the endoscope and cuts the outer part of the stomach, which is approximately 80% of the total size of the stomach so that the stomach becomes more like a thin tube.
  •  Through one of the openings also enter a tool that works to put pins or stitches to close the remaining part of the stomach inside the body. 
  • Sometimes the doctor places a tube in one of these openings so the fluids leak out through it.
  •  Finally, these openings are closed with surgical threads and the wound is covered and sterilized.

Candidates for gastric sleeves

One of the most important conditions to be met in the patient before the gastric sleeve operation is:

  • The patient must be between the age of 18 and 65 years old. 
  • BMI is more than 35.

After gastric cut

  • The patient needs to stay 24 hours after the operation at the medical centre to wake up and assure doctors of the success of the operation and the progress of the digestive movement
  •  You should take a strong antibiotic for a week or two to prevent any infection.
  •  The patient should rest for two days
  •   For food, your doctor will tell you your food plan. after the operation, you will consume pure and light liquids and juices for 10 days and then you can eat whole liquids and food done in the blender, then snacks gradually until regular foods are eaten.
  •  Recovery may take a month to get back to your normal life and do your normal activities, but you should drink water during this period in large quantities to avoid stress and dehydration, and your doctor may prescribe you some vitamins and supplements that you may need to take for a while.