Facts You Need to Know About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric Sleeve Surgery – An Overview

A gastric sleeve surgery is the surgical method for assisted weight loss in people who have tried other non-surgical weight loss methods unsuccessfully.

This is a restrictive type of procedure for weight loss and aims to decrease the size of the stomach so that the person feels full with considerably lesser amount of food intake at a meal, which results in lesser calories being formed and an eventual decrease in weight.

Am I a Gastric Sleeve Surgery candidate?

A gastric sleeve surgery is required to be performed in severely obese people who have not been able to attain loss in weight through other methods such as dieting, medicines or exercise.

This surgery is recommended for people with a BMI of 40 or higher or around 35 with other life-threatening complications arising because of it.

Ideally, the patient should not be suffering from any type of medical condition or disorder that will make a surgical procedure into a risk for them.

Cost comparison for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in USA, Mexico, Thailand and India

India is home to the world’s largest network of global-class tertiary care multi-specialty healthcare facilities spread over all its major cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, etc. These are highly-equipped facilities that provide the best and most efficient treatment and surgery to every patient at the most affordable of prices. The main advantage of having a gastric sleeve surgery in India is that it is more efficient and less costly as compared to cost it is provided at the USA, Mexico and Thailand hospitals.

What happens during Gastric Sleeve surgery?

A gastric sleeve surgery procedure is a ‘restrictive’ type of assisted weight loss surgical procedure that works by making the stomach smaller and assists in losing weight due to restriction of diet intake.

The surgery can be performed using a conventional ‘open-type’ surgery or it can be performed through a minimally invasive surgical method using a laparoscope.

The surgical procedure requires administrating general anesthesia to the patient. The surgeon will ideally make an incision along the abdomen for a conventional method, or make a series of very small incisions to insert the laparoscope which is a thin and flexible surgical tube that has a video camera and light attached to one end while the other tubes have tiny surgical instruments attached to them that are required to perform the surgery.

The surgeon will remove more than half of the stomach and leave a thinner vertical sleeve about the size of a banana. Surgical staples are used to keep the new shape of the stomach. As a major portion of the stomach is removed this becomes an irreversible type of surgery.

This surgery is, at times, used in combination with a number of weight loss procedures and is done in various steps.

How successful is a Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Research has proven that people who undergo a gastric sleeve surgery lose more than half their weight on an average. The rate of successful result is higher for people who follow the post-surgery guidelines set by the doctor/surgeon, regarding dietary and lifestyle changes.

Apart from weight loss a Gastric sleeve surgery also improves or resolves certain other complications relating to obesity in a person, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Severe sleep apnea
  • Stroke

Besides improving your overall health a gastric sleeve surgery also helps to improve you daily activities ability by making you more active and improves your quality of life as well.

What are the advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery has become the most popular assisted weight loss procedure today and makes up for almost 60% of all assisted weight loss surgeries around the world. The main reason for this gain in popularity is the lesser number of complications associated with it as well as the success rate of this surgery for assisting in weight loss.

These are several reasons as to why a gastric sleeve surgery might be more advantageous for you as compared to other weight loss surgical procedures:

  • Digestive system is not rearranged, as is done in a duodenal switch, mini gastric bypass or gastric bypass surgery.
  • This is a restrictive type of surgery unlike other procedures.
  • There is less risk of vitamin deficiency and malnutrition.
  • This surgery does not cause any other side effect apart from possible ‘dumping syndrome’ as seen in the ‘malabsorptive’ type of weight loss surgical procedures.
  • There is no long-term risk of GERD (gastro-esophageal reflex disease) as compared to other restrictive procedures.
  • Gastric sleeve surgery is used as a corrective procedure for a failed lap band surgery.
  • There are significantly less hormones that may cause feeling of constant hunger after gastric sleeve surgery.

Why choose Travcure for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in India?

Travcure is the leader in providing efficient and budget-friendly treatments and surgeries in India at the most advanced and highly-equipped healthcare facilities. Travcure is experienced in managing efficient and convenient medical tours for thousands of foreign patients annually, who come to India to get an affordable treatment or surgery for any medical disease, disorder or an injury. Travcure provides each patient with the best and most affordable gastric sleeve surgery treatment packages.


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