Tips for Preparing for and Recovering from Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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If you’ve struggled to lose excess weight through diet and exercise but can’t meet your goals, you may consider weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery.

There are several types of weight loss surgery to choose from. Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most effective types of weight loss surgery available.

Dr. Matthew St. Laurent and our team at Northwest EndoSurgical here in the Houston area are experts in gastric sleeve and other types of weight loss surgery. If you’re considering trying to lose weight this way, Dr. St. Laurent meets with you to discuss your health and your weight goals. If surgery is the right choice for you, he works with you to decide which type of surgery would best serve you.

Dr. St. Laurent provides you with all the information you need to prepare for and recover from gastric sleeve surgery. Here are some of the tips he shares with patients preparing for surgery.

Understand your surgery

When you have gastric sleeve surgery – also known as sleeve gastrectomy – Dr. St. Laurent surgically removes up to 80% of your stomach, leaving a tube-like pouch of stomach known as a “sleeve.”

With a smaller stomach, you feel full after eating less food. And your body makes different amounts of hormones that impact appetite, fullness, and blood sugar control.

Gastric sleeve surgery is best for people who wish to lose a significant amount of weight. It can help improve health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Because it is not reversible, you must feel very sure that you want to have this surgery.

Preparing for surgery

During the two weeks before your surgery, you follow a specially formulated liquid diet program.

Dr. St. Laurent may also recommend that you stop taking certain medications during this time. You should avoid alcohol, and if you smoke, you should stop as you prep for surgery.

Following Dr. St. Laurent’s recommended pre-op diet is crucial to your surgical success. It moves your body into the best nutritional state for surgery, reduces fat in and around your spleen and liver to lower your risk of bleeding during and after surgery, and actually shrinks your liver.

This pre-op diet is so important that if you don’t follow it carefully, Dr. St. Laurent may have to postpone your surgery.

You receive clear instructions about your personal pre-op diet. Depending on your current weight, it includes shakes and certain foods in limited amounts or three or four protein shakes each day in place of meals, with one cup of fresh vegetables in the evening.

During your recovery

Soon after surgery, you’ll drink small amounts of fluid such as water, broth, apple juice, sports drink, or tea to hydrate you without causing nausea or vomiting.

Then, for several weeks you follow a post-op diet designed to allow proper and complete healing. You progress from clear liquids to pureed foods to soft foods, and then to regular foods.

You eat only small amounts to avoid stretching your stomach. You need to eat slowly, chew foods very carefully, avoid foods that are high in sugar or fat, and stop eating as soon as you feel full.

Is gastric sleeve surgery right for you?

To learn more about weight loss surgery, contact Northwest EndoSurgical to schedule a consultation with Dr. St. Laurent. Call our Houston office today or book an appointment online.   

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