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How common are leaks and complications during gastric sleeve surgery?

How common are leaks and complications during gastric sleeve surgery?

About 1% leak rate: Leaks have steadily decreased with experience. Now less than 1%. For our practice, we have learned to stay on liquids 2 weeks and puréed foods for two additional weeks. That lowers gut pressure until fully healed. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Weight Loss Surgery (Definition)

Surgical procedures for obesity may be appropriate for some dangerously obese people, and they may reduce heart problems and many of the risks associated with obesity. These risks include high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and diabetes. In fact, surgery provides much greater control of weight and diabetes than nonsurgical weight-loss methods. Studies are reporting significant reductions in diabetes, and the need for diabetic medications, after surgery. Other medical conditions that often improve after surgery include heartburn, arthritis, and other joint and circulation problems. The care of patients undergoing bariatric surgery, before and after surgery, requires specialized expertise and facilities. Studies have shown that the likelihood of complications is significantly associated with the experience of the surgeon and staff. Bariatric surgeries produce weight loss through one of two approaches: * Restrictive Banding Procedures. These procedures restrict the amount of food by closing off parts of the stomach with bands. * Malabsorptive Bypass Procedures. This approach restricts the amount of food and also reduces absorption by using a bypass of parts of the intestine. The malabsorptive procedures are more successful in achieving weight loss than the banding approach, but they carry a greater ...Read more


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Are there more complications for Sjogrens patients that have weight loss surgery, gastric sleeve to be exact. Is one WLS a better choice than others?

Are there more complications for Sjogrens patients that have weight loss surgery, gastric sleeve to be exact. Is one WLS a better choice than others?

Unknown: There are no large scale studies available and probably will not be available to give exact answer, however pts with Sjogren's do undergo non bariatric surgical procedures with good results (mostly). If there is associated connective tissue disorder then the clinical picture is more complex. Vitamin deficiencies can get worse after bariatric surgery, NSAIDs use will result in ulcers so should be , ...Read more

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What can I expect after my gastric sleeve surgery?

What can I expect after my gastric sleeve surgery?

Life changing: Make sure you talk fully with your surgery team before surgery and that you have a full understanding of the surgery and consequences BEFORE you do it. It is lifechanging. First few days after surgery can entail some nausea,pain,etc. Long term, your stomach will hold less food; protein should be the focus. Each program is a little different; talk in depth with a skilled bariatric surgeon. ...Read more

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Alcohol and gastric sleeve surgery, can I mix these 2?

Alcohol and gastric sleeve surgery, can I mix these 2?

Not advisable: If you are trying to lose weight, avoiding alcohol will prevent you from taking in unnecessary, empty calories. ...Read more

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How do gastric band surgery and gastric sleeve surgery differ?

How do gastric band surgery and gastric sleeve surgery differ?

Different type: Gastric band is reversible , where the adjustable ( removable ) device at upper stomach with very small pouch constricts like dumbbell . In gastric sleeve , a tube of stomach is left , rest of stomach is removed ...Read more

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Why is it important to avoid carbonated drinks after gastric sleeve surgery?

Why is it important to avoid carbonated drinks after gastric sleeve surgery?

To avoid bloating: Carbonated drinks have 3 cans of air in one can of liquid. With a sleeve, that air expands and makes you bloated. More of the air gets in the small bowel and you get bloated. No evidence that it stretches out the sleeve. ...Read more

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Liver functions elevated after gastric sleeve surgery. Is this common or known of?

Liver functions elevated after gastric sleeve surgery.  Is this common or known of?

Possible: But not very common. If there is preexisting liver disease , or reaction to medication may be the cause , lft ( liver function tests ) may get elevated temporarily , discuss with your doctor , will give more information. ...Read more

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Recently had gastric sleeve surgery. Can only drink mere ounces. Is there alternative prep?

Recently had gastric sleeve surgery. Can only drink mere ounces. Is there alternative prep?

No...: That is what the surgery is meant to do......it is doing it. Seems you should have been told about it. ...Read more

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How much over weight do you have to be before you can have a gastric sleeve surgery performed?

Sleeve gastrectomy: You need to have a BMI over 40 if you have no medical problems, or a BMI over 35 if you have at least 2 obesity related medical problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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