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How long before your stomach stretches out after gastric sleeve?

How long before your stomach stretches out after gastric sleeve?

It's up to you: With any barietric procedure the patient can "out eat" the procedure. I have had this happen many times. If you get your post-op calories from solid food it is hard to gain weight. But suppose you get most of your post-op calories from liquids (e.G coke or scotch). You will cause the procedure to fail. This happens more than we would like to admit. You can ruin the operation in a few months. ...Read more

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Gastric Sleeve (Definition)

Basically we take your stomach from the size of a football and cut in down to the size of a banana. And throw the excess stomach away. The sleeve has an expected weight loss of about 60-70% of your excess weight ...Read more


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I had a gastric sleeve in 2010.I currently weigh 137 started at 300lbs. Is it possible to have surgery to stretch my stomach and gain weight?

I had a gastric sleeve in 2010.I currently weigh 137 started at 300lbs. Is it possible to have surgery to stretch my stomach and gain weight?

Maybe, But why would: Anyone do it. Repeat surgeries are always frought with dangers and risks of complications are multiplied.
I would not recomend it. Lets see if anyone else would? ...Read more

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How do I keep my stomach from stretching after bariatric/gastric sleeve surgery?

How do I keep my stomach from stretching after bariatric/gastric sleeve surgery?

Tight at beginning: The ideal gastric sleeve should be fairly tight at the beginning (usually a 34 fr bougie), should begin about 1 inch from the pylorus (the end of stomach), and go directly to the angle of his right next to the esophagus. Experience shows that the sleeve will not stretch more than about 5% if kept tight from the beginning. ...Read more

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I had gastric sleeve in 2010 and am starting to gain weight after losing 90 pounds. Will my stomach shrink back if I eat less?

I had gastric sleeve in 2010 and am starting to gain weight after losing 90 pounds. Will my stomach shrink back if I eat less?

Prob not: Stomach is a dynamic organ and expands as we eat and than empties slowly over time. Surgery on stomach to restrict capacity works well for most people but stomach capacity can get bigger over time. So now you have to rely on ur habits and visual cues and food diary to figure out how many calories ur are taking in. Also need to work on burning more calories than u take in. ...Read more

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If I have cihrosis of the liverand my liver has attached itself to the top of my stomach is it possible to do the gastric sleeve?

If I have cihrosis of the liverand my liver has attached itself to the top of my stomach is it possible to do the gastric sleeve?

Risks: Scarring of liver (cirrhosis) increases risks of surgery. Any surgery, esp w/general anesthesia can cause liver to "decompensate"-a messy, slippery slope of clinical badness: infection, bleeding, worsening mental status, fluid retention, kidney failure, maybe death. That is a factor above and beyond the technical diff re: anatomy w/stomach. Discuss all options w/your doc and surgeon. ...Read more

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If I got the gastric sleeve my concern is long term. For instance, what would happen if I got cancer in the small amount of stomach that I have left?

If I got the gastric sleeve my concern is long term. For instance, what would happen if I got cancer in the small amount of stomach that I have left?

It's no different: Than if you get gastric cancer anywhere in your stomach without the surgery. Any cancer needs to be diagnosed and treated quickly and appropriately. Talk w/your doctor if you have concerns. ...Read more

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I have sporadic stomach cramping that is severe. I had a gastric sleeve surgery 2 yrs ago?

I have sporadic stomach cramping that is severe. I had a gastric sleeve surgery 2 yrs ago?

Many possibilities: Stomach cramping is mostly due to constipation. Adhesions, ulcers, irritable bowel, are other possible reasons. Of course, your symptom does warrant a trip to your surgeon. Xrays will likely be needed to figure things out. ...Read more

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Stomach aches bad after eating and just dull ache all the time. I had gastric sleeve 7/22/14 no one knows what's wrong? Any advise? Thank you

Stomach aches bad after eating and just dull ache all the time. I had gastric sleeve 7/22/14 no one knows what's wrong? Any advise? Thank you

Stomach pain: Likely related to your procedure, I would definitely inform the surgeon and discuss with them ASAP. Good luck ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a leak after gastric sleeve and not know it? Pain throughout stomach with pancreatitis. All lab work fine except amylase/lipase

Is it possible to have a leak after gastric sleeve and not know it? Pain throughout stomach with pancreatitis. All lab work fine except amylase/lipase

Other way: It's more accurate to say the pancreatitis caused the sleeve procedure!!!
well, obesity which causes the sleeve procedure also causes pancreatitis through gallstone formation and other reasons.
Then, the pancreatitis causes leaks in TEN PERCENT of those who have it. Pancreatitis can cause collection of fluid. Imaging studies would show what is going on. ...Read more

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I had gastric sleeve-pathologist fnd intestinal metaplasia-had endoscopy I do have im-will I get stomach cancer-is it reversible-what do I eat to live?

I had gastric sleeve-pathologist fnd intestinal metaplasia-had endoscopy I do have im-will I get stomach cancer-is it reversible-what do I eat to live?

Research interest...: I'm of the stomach is believed by some to represent a precancerous change, meaning precursor lesion to gastric cancer. There are no known guidelines or surveillance recommendations yet established for this condition which remains an area of ongoing research. Follow-up with your gi. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have enlarged/tender lymph nodes - both sides of groin & abdominal discomfort - lower left. Dizzy if I stand too fast/low BP? Gastric Sleeve in 2015

I have enlarged/tender lymph nodes - both sides of groin & abdominal discomfort - lower left. Dizzy if I stand too fast/low BP? Gastric Sleeve in 2015

See Dr or even ER: If you are having so many serious problem, you need to see a doctor ASAP and even consider going to the ER. Don't delay since this sounds like something nasty. ...Read more

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Gastric sleeve n 2010. 300 now 135 6ft. It's not stretch and the low food intake has dropped my immune system/health bad. Any ideas on fixing fast?

Gastric sleeve n 2010. 300 now 135 6ft. It's not stretch and the low food intake has dropped my immune system/health bad. Any ideas on fixing fast?

Dietician: Or clinical nutritionist advice and follow up, you dropped below 70% of ideal bodyweight, hence the immune deficiency state you are suffering, in general you need lots of protein, vitamins some fat and carbohydrates, you will be fine ...Read more

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What are the effects of a gastric sleeve 5, 10, 20 years post-op? Will the sleeve still be intact, working order? How much can/will it stretch? Regain?

Sleeve gastrectomy: No one knows for certain what the outcomes of vertical sleeve gastrectomy will be at more than 5 years. We know that patients having similar gastrectomies tolerate it well. It may stretch some over time but it does not stretch a great deal. Its success depends on your dietary compliance. ...Read more

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What can you eat after having the gastric sleeve?

Depends..: What you can eat depends on how far out from surgery you are. Every surgeon has a different protocol for advancing diet after surgery. However, once you are several months since surgery you can eat pretty much whatever you want. Just a lot less of it. ...Read more

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Could I eat a 15oz at a meal after 6 months of gastric sleeve?

Could I eat a 15oz at a meal after 6 months of gastric sleeve?

Ask your surgeon...: ... who should be the "best" one to give you the answer to this Q since s/he knows more about why & how your gastric sleeve was done than anyone sporadically online. But, generally, may apply common sense and listen to what your stomach & body may tell you so to adjust what you can adopt and adapt to new post-surgical "setup" of gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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