For patients who have a number of health risks, sleeve gastrectomy surgery is a safe option that has many advantages:
- Lower risk of ulcers compared to gastric bypass
- Openings are left intact, so normal digestion occurs
- Reduced stimulations to the brain that indicate hunger from the hormone ghrelin
- The body is free of foreign objects as with the LAP-BAND® surgery
As with any surgery or anesthesia, there are always risks and complications, including:
- Blood clots, blockage or leaks
- Bowel blockage
- Hernia, holes, or sores
- Gallstones and gallbladder disease
- Nausea or vomiting from food you are used to eating
- If you overeat, the smaller portion of the stomach may stretch
For some patients, additional weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass surgery, intestinal bypass or duodenal switch surgery, may be necessary to lose all the weight you want to lose.
Surgery is a life-long commitment and it’s important to get the most out of it. After your sleeve gastrectomy surgery at Banner Health, it is important to follow-up with your doctor, nurse practitioners and dietitians on a long term basis to make sure you are eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise.
You’re invited to attend our free support groups both before and after your surgery.
Do not smoke. It will put you at high risk for infection, blood clots, slow healing and other life-threatening complications.