The gastric sleeve
, also known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy or sleeve surgery, is a operation that helps individuals lose weight and live a better lifestyle. Professionals praise it for assisting patients in losing 65 to 70 percent of their extra weight on average. The sleeve gastrectomy helps you feel satisfied for longer while eating less by restricting the amount of food your stomach can store. You control weight by eating less after surgery, and it will eventually allow you to lose weight properly and quickly. 

The hormonal factor is the most significant change that occurs following a sleeve gastrectomy; it changes the levels of appetite-controlling hormones. For instance, following the removal of the gastric fundus, a substantial decrease in ghrelin levels, which are hunger hormones, is seen. Appetite is suppressed as a result of this. So in the end, you will lose weight efficently. 

The procedure is also known as a sleeve gastrectomy. The surgeon removes about 80% of your stomach, leaving a banana-sized pouch behind. A minimally invasive laparoscope and small incisions are almost always used in the procedure.

The gastric sleeve surgery works in two ways. Firstly, it is a restrictive procedure, meaning that it achieves weight loss by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten at a meal due to the small size of the new stomach ‘sleeve’. It also works because it removes the part of the stomach that produces some of the hormones that stimulate appetite and hunger. The removal of these hormones usually results in a significant reduction or loss of appetite and a change in taste and food preferences away from fatty, sugary foods.

You eat less when your stomach is smaller. Calories and nutrients are absorbed at a lower rate. Gastric sleeve surgery is a simple procedure with a low risk of complications. Serious complications almost always occur within the first few days after surgery. So you can relax and enjoy your procedure.

Recovery after Gastric Sleeve Surgery; 

You should be able to leave the hospital within 2-3 days of your surgery in most cases. As always, it’s important that you follow the doctors orders. Constipation is normal the first week post-operative. Your pain medications can increase constipation. As much as possible, go for a walk. This aids in the healing process and sets you on the path to incorporating exercise into your daily routine.

Do not lift anything that is too heavy. This can put undue pressure on your stitches and torso which will be sore.
You’ll need to ensure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals after gastric sleeve surgery.

Can it be stretched back?;

After gastric sleeve surgery, you can stretch your stomach. The inside of your stomach is lined with rugae. These are tissue folds that expand and contract in response to the amount of food you consume.

There are a few tips to reduce the risk of stretching your stomach;

  • Drink water an hour before and an hour after you eat.
  • Don’t drink carbonated beverages.
    Eat small, healthy snacks
  • Plan your meals.

Remember, you haven’t ruined your new stomach by overeating once. Get your life back on track as soon as possible.

Post-Operetaion Diet 

A good post-gastric sleeve surgery diet is high in protein and low in carbohydrates, with a gradual transition from pureed to solid foods. Supplements such as vitamins and protein can also be included in the diet. These enable the body to perform at its best and help to prevent malnutrition and vitamin deficiency. Your doctor may also advise you to drink more water (at least two litres per day) and avoid high-calorie drinks.

Snacking should be limited, portion sizes should be modest, and food should be chewed thoroughly and slowly. This new way of eating may appear daunting at first, but most patients adjust to the new guidelines over time, and they become second nature to them.

Exercise is important;

Exercise can help you lose weight, increase your energy, and improve your mood. Following gastric sleeve surgery, exercise plans are designed to improve endurance, flexibility, and strength. It’s critical to ease into things right after surgery. For the first six weeks, go for slow walks and avoid anything too strenuous. Over the next few weeks, you’ll gradually work toward your personal fitness goals, progressing from light exercise to cardio and strength training. Daily exercise should become a part of your daily routine because it will help you lose weight and improve your overall health.

In the main;

Gastric sleeve surgery is a long journey. On average, it takes close to two years to reach your target weight.

-It takes a lifetime of changing unhealthy habits to keep the weight off. It is not a simple solution. It takes commitment, perseverance, and consistent effort (forever).
-The further you get from surgery, the less you’ll think of yourself as a sleeve patient and more as someone who chooses to be ‘healthy.’
Remember gastric sleeve surgery is a tool. It helps you lose weight so you can implement the healthy changes that will forever change your life.

How is the Gastric Sleeve Surgery Done? 

A complete laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery, also known as “closed” surgery, will need general anesthesia in a hospital, and your surgeon will make tiny cuts in your belly. In Turkey, you will be put under general anesthesia for your gastric sleeve, which means you will not be unconscious during the process, providing maximum comfort. The surgeon will remove 75-80 percent of your stomach using a stapling technique. The surviving stomach, which is shaped like a banana, is barely 10-15% of its original size.  

Is any follow-up required?

It is critical to have your vitamin levels tested on a regular basis to ensure that you are getting the vitamins and nutrients you require.

We advise patients to keep their bodies hydrated, resting as needed, and avoid strenuous movements and activities.

Please follow up on the diet requirements after the surgery considering it’s the most important part of the surgery. 

Eat and drink slowly

Chew food well before swallowing

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

  • Many studies have also demonstrated that sleeve gastrectomy is quite effective at treating and even causing the remission of diabetes, high blood pressure, and other morbid obesity-related medical disorders.
  • With the Gastric Sleeve treatment, there is a substantially decreased risk of nutritional or vitamin deficit. Furthermore, Gastric Sleeve patients do not experience mal absorption.
  • The small intestine is not disconnected or rerouted.
  • It’s also nearly as successful as a gastric bypass, which comes with certain long-term concerns that the sleeve avoids. 

Why I should have Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Turkey, 

You can see many advantageous effects of having your surgery in Turkey. It may sound difficult to have surgery in another country, but you will see how advantageous it really is.

Turkey is a large country with developed, beautiful, and new hospitals in the field of obesity surgery. Here, the surgery is performed with the highest surgical precautions and advanced equipment. Preoperative blood tests of the patients are done carefully and arrangements are presented for you to pass this process in the best way. You should not worry about the language issue either, because your coordinators and hospital team who contact you will offer you the best assistance.

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Turkey

First, you will be closely taken care of here and you will have a hospital stay of 3 nights. 

Your hospital will be a very advanced and fully equipped, high-quality, and new hospital; 

*You will have a private room during staying in the hospital.

*Certain equipment, international standards (ISO international standards), and medical facilities are required in the operating room. 

While hospital stays are kept very short in many countries, this has an important place in Turkey. 

While in the hospital, you are closely attended to by your doctor which is really important to see the healing process. 

The rate of major risks during and after bariatric surgery is directly proportional to your doctor’s experience and the number of procedures they have performed previously. When we consider this, surgeons in Turkey have great experiences and education you can ask for your surgeon’s cv to see and you can be sure about this. 

*Mainly, your doctors will be experienced and trained doctors in this regard. 

In addition to all this VIP attention and the surgery process, your surgery will be offered to you as a package, including features that will make your pre-and post-operative process easy, such as your hotel stay and nurse support. Here you will have exceptional medical care in addition including attention to patient safety. Because tourism has become Turkey’s main industry, there are hundreds of luxurious, comfortable hotels where you may stay before and after your surgery, as we said, you will have surgery in the best hospitals and stay and rest in the most beautiful hotels.

you will mostly get these services in packages;

*accommodation in 5* hotels 

*VIP transfers 

*hospital staying and private room 

*post-op aftercare service

*highly educated and experienced surgeon

*All necessary pre-ops 

Since all these are offered to you as a package, the surgery will be more convenient than in your home country and you will receive a VIP service. One of the other advantages is that unlike in your home country, you can have your surgery fast without huge waiting lists.

You must be wondering how to take precautions while traveling on the plane, compression socks will be of great help in this. Your whole process will be arranged for you from the beginning to the end so all you need is to start by getting your surgeon’s consultation, 

so, you can reach out to your special patient consultant to get the all information!