Gastric sleeve surgery is a two-step process that is used to help patients lose a large amount of excess weight in a short period (sometimes as less as just 18 months). Typically, expected weight loss for patients can be expected to reach about 60% to 72% of their excess weight in a year. Our patients also have seen significant improvements or remission in comorbidities such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea and Type II Diabetes.
What Can You Expect to Lose? (Expected Weight Loss After Gastric Sleeve)
The amount of excess weight you can expect to lose is dependent on several different factors, mostly time and your dedication to post-surgery diet.
About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
The Gastric sleeve surgery reduces the size of the stomach to about 15 to 20% of its original size. The rest of the stomach is removed. The gastric sleeve isn’t a reversible procedure unlike lap band or gastric bypass. This surgery can be performed laparoscopically, which minimizes the amount of recovery time and the risk of complications.
Some benefits of gastric sleeve surgery, which promote higher expected weight loss:
- Reduction of hunger. Ghrelin, the hunger-inducing hormone is reduced significantly by removing a portion of the stomach.
- No re-routing of the intestines, which promotes healthy digestion (essential for continued weight loss).
- No dumping syndrome, which allows the body to absorb the nutrients it needs for a healthy result.
- A more natural weight loss occurs as patients require less daily vitamins and receive nutrients through their diet
- Weight loss typically occurs over 18 months, which is more natural than that of gastric bypass surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery makes it easier to maintain the weight loss for a lifetime. Similar to that of lap band surgery, gastric sleeve surgery requires significant lifestyle changes for continued success.
Studies have been performed to depict both short-term and long-term success rates after gastric sleeve surgery. These studies look at how much weight was lost and how long that weight was kept off. Most gastric sleeve patients lose up to 60% of their excess weight in a year and up to 70% of it in two years. Resolution of comorbidities occurs in just one to two years following weight loss surgery. One Swiss study learned that patients kept off at least 57% of their excess weight five years following their surgery. Long-term success shows significant improvements in the risk of stroke or heart disease and a decrease in countless obesity-related medical conditions.
Studies for the Expected Excess Weight Loss After Sleeve Gastrectomy
The U.S. National Library of Medicine Study looked at different weight loss procedures to see how all of them compare regarding weight loss. The study found that when patients were followed up within 1, 2 and three years after surgery, those who had gastric sleeve surgery had more of a considered long-term weight loss than other surgery types. Also, just 6.3% of the patients had any complications at all. 60% of the patients studied had experienced major weight loss in just one to two years (18 months) following their surgery.
Another study, the Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases Study, looked at how successful gastric sleeve surgery was at helping patients keep weight off for an extended period. It looked at the results of patients who had the surgery five years ago. Things such as total weight loss, how quickly weight was lost, quality of life and complications were all evaluated. The average amount of excess weight loss for those studied in this professional study was 61.5% after just one year and 61.1% after just two years. The average for all five years for 57.4 percent (pretty close to the expected weight loss surgeons usually tell patients at their consultation).
Gastric Sleeve Gastrectomy in Tijuana
The high cost of weight loss surgery in the United States and Canada has caused many American and Canadian patients to look for the affordable gastric sleeve in Tijuana, Mexico. Mexican hospital facilities and medical staff are aware of the potential for medical tourism and offer the same treatments with high standards at 40-70 percent discount. The border city of Tijuana is a popular destination for many medical travelers seeking bariatric surgery. Mexico Bariatric Center Medical facilities are conveniently located blocks away from the San Diego US-border.