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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy - FAQs | Adelaide Bariatric Centre

  • How often do I need to be followed up after the sleeve gastrectomy?

    Regular follow up is crucial to the success of any weight loss operation. With the sleeve gastrectomy patients will be seen 6 weeks after their surgery then again 3 months after that. Patients will need to then be seen every 6 to 12 months for the rest of their life. Regular blood tests to assess your nutritional status will be a part of your follow up.

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  • What are the potential complications of the sleeve gastrectomy?

    Risks specific to the sleeve gastrectomy include leak from the staple line (1.0%), postoperative bleeding (0.5-1.0%) and stenosis or narrowing. These risks are more common in patients who have had previous stomach operations or have a BMI greater than 50 kg/m2.


     

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  • How does the sleeve gastrectomy result in weight loss?

    The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive weight loss operation. It reduces the volume of food needed to feel full and satisfied. In addition there is a hormonal influence. The part of the stomach that produces the hunger hormone ghrelin is removed reducing the levels of this hormone. This results in a significant loss of appetite. This effect is less over time but even in the long term hunger is reduced.


     

    Category: Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy - FAQs | Adelaide Bariatric Centre

  • How much weight can I expect to lose?

    The initial weight loss after a sleeve gastrectomy is very impressive and it is quite common for patients to lose up to 70% of their excess weight in the first 2 years. We find that the majority of our patients are able to maintain 60 to 65% of their excess weight loss.

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  • Will it be a problem if I get pregnant?

    With weight reduction we find that fertility will increase and many of our patients are able to fall pregnant.  It is generally safest not to plan a pregnancy during the first 1 to 2 years after surgery during the time of rapid weight loss.  The clinic staff will be very keen to see you regularly through the pregnancy to ensure that your metabolic needs are being met.

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  • Is there much pain?

    There is very little pain after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery and every effort is made to control it to ensure early mobility. This avoids other potential complications and assist in a speedy recovery. There are a variety of medications used to control any pain you may experience.

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  • Will I need to take multivitamins?

    Yes, during the first 2 to 3 years after weight control surgery weight loss is quite rapid and vitamin supplementation will be recommended by the clinic. The dietitian will provide advice on this and annual blood tests will be arranged through our clinic.

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