What is the gastric sleeve procedure?
A gastric sleeve bariatric surgical procedure is performed for patients with morbid obesity. A bariatric surgeon will remove a large portion of the stomach of patients and leave a portion of the stomach in the form of a pouch. This pouch looks like a sleeve or tube.
Is it safe to have a gastric sleeve?
The gastric sleeve bariatric surgical procedure is one of the safest among bariatric surgical procedures. There are fewer complications compared to other procedures. In rare cases requires a revision gastric sleeve procedure may need to be performed.
What should you eat after gastric sleeve surgery?
A healthy liquid diet without caffeinated and carbonated beverages is prescribed for the first week. Soft pureed food is prescribed for a few weeks. After five weeks three small healthy meals are prescribed. Patients should drink plenty of water. Patients should eat healthy snacks or fruit and avoid fried snacks and carbonated drinks.
What is the sleeve made from?
The gastric sleeve consists of a thin tube made of plastic or rubber, called a bougie, inserted into the stomach to form a pouch.
How much can you eat after a gastric sleeve?
The gastric sleeve can generally contain only four ounces of food. The stomach has the tendency to stretch and stomachs can stretch even after gastric sleeve surgery. It is important to follow a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and eat small meals to prevent the stomach stretching after surgery.
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