How Much Weight Can I Lose With a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Are you dangerously overweight or obese? Is your excess weight potentially life-threatening? A sleeve gastrectomy may be the treatment you need to contribute to major weight loss and change your life.

This surgery is not for everyone, and after the procedure, you’ll need to keep the weight off and stay healthy. But if you’re 100 pounds or move overweight, and in relatively good health, George G. Mutafyan, MD performs a sleeve gastrectomy in about an hour in a half. Coupled with a healthier lifestyle, this surgery can save your life. 

The real dangers of obesity

While it’s not a guarantee that you’ll develop other conditions, obesity can lead to some major health risks. Being overweight puts extra stress and strain on your back, joints and bones, which can lead to osteoarthritis. When it comes to emotional wellbeing, 43% of obese adults are depressed and 55% have a higher risk of becoming depressed. 

Some other health issues that obesity may contribute to include: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart attacks, heart disease, and stroke. 

How a sleeve gastrectomy works

Dr. Mutafyan determines if this is the right procedure for you based on many factors, including weight, BMI (body mass index), and existing medical conditions. There are two determining factors. The first is if you’re 100 pounds over your recommended weight and you have a BMI of 40 or higher. The second is when your BMI is between 35 and 40, but you also have one or more issues like type 2 diabetes, bad sleep apnea, and/or heart disease.

While it’s Dr. Mutafyan performing the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, we also need you to take proper steps before and after. Many insurance companies now require patients to undergo six months of lifestyle changes and patient education before the surgery. Once you’re ready, the procedure itself is quite remarkable.

Even though about 80% of your stomach is being removed, the surgery is considered minimally invasive because it’s performed laparoscopically. This means the procedure only uses a few small incisions, which reduces pain, scarring, and recovery time. Depending on your needs, it may also be performed as an outpatient procedure.

What’s left of your stomach is shaped like a sleeve, which is why it’s called sleeve gastrectomy or vertical sleeve gastrectomy. 

Another amazing benefit is the reduction of the hormone ghrelin, which is also known as the “hunger hormone.” The procedure will make you much less hungry and this is what helps you lose weight.

Weight loss results

Depending on how much you change your lifestyle, you can lose 60% of your excess body weight within two years after the procedure. You’ll be on a liquid diet for the first week, then three weeks of puréed foods, and normal foods start about a month after surgery. Dr. Mutafyan frequently monitors you for the first few months and offers continuous support with our medical weight loss program, a gym membership, and access to nutritionists and trainers. 

The surgery is only the first step. Your goal weight can be achieved after this procedure if you change bad habits, adopt a new healthy lifestyle with good food and exercise, and keep on the path to health and wellbeing. 

Let’s get you healthy. If you’ve fought hard to lose weight, eat right and exercise and it’s just not working, you can now lose the weight you need with a sleeve gastrectomy. Call us now to set up your consultation.

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