If you’ve been suffering from obesity-related health complications for years, you may want to visit with a gastric sleeve Houston specialist at Bariatric Care Centers. A sleeve gastrectomy procedure may not be right for everyone in your situation. The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure is by talking with Dr. Mirza. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from people wanting to learn more about gastric sleeve in Houston.
What is a Gastric Sleeve Procedure?
This is a surgical procedure performed at our gastric sleeve Houston facility. The doctor uses a stapling device to create a smaller “sleeve” in your stomach; the remainder of the stomach is removed. This smaller sleeve means the patient can only consume smaller amounts of food while still feeling full and receiving the proper amounts of nutrients. The procedure is used alone or in combination with other procedures to facilitate weight loss.
Is Gastric Sleeve Right for Me?
Patients need to understand that a gastric sleeve procedure involves a lifelong commitment. You need to be willing to commit to eating healthy, eating less food, and to exercising to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life. Without that commitment, you won’t lose weight or keep it off simply by having the procedure.
What Are the Risks of Gastric Sleeve?
Any invasive surgical procedure can result in health complications. Most patients never encounter these problems, but the risk does exist. Here are the main complications that can result from a gastric sleeve operation:
- Sleeve leakage at the staple site can result in infection
- Bruising or injury to organs near the stomach during surgery
- Stomach ulcers, heartburn or gastritis (an inflammation of the stomach lining)
- Eating more than the stomach sleeve can hold can result in vomiting
- Stomach scarring can lead to bowel blockage in the future
What Are the Benefits of Gastric Sleeve?
A gastric sleeve procedure will drastically reduce the patient’s caloric intake. This reduction in calories and portion sizes can result in dramatic weight loss that patients may struggle to achieve through diet and exercise alone. Many health problems related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma can be improved or even resolved completely from the weight loss that results from gastric bypass. In addition, you’ll be able to move around more easily and enjoy life to the fullest when the weight is lost.
Make a Gastric Sleeve Houston Appointment Today
To determine whether you are a good candidate for a gastric sleeve procedure, contact our Bariatric Care Centers office in Houston to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mirza today. The number is 713-339-1353.