About VSG

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss tool in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together (often with surgical staples, glue and possibly cauterization) to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach and is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Misconceptions about Weight Loss Surgery

I got this from my coordinator.  I like it so I'm posting the parts that I like the most.

Surgery is taking the easy way:   Losing weight and keeping it off requires a lifestyle change. It requires attending regular support groups and educational classes working on lifelong healthy habits and behaviours. It requires a life long commitment and a strong desire to maintain a lifelong goal of reaching a healthy comfortable weight.

You have to be 300-400+ lbs to have weight loss surgery: Many people who qualify are as little as 50lbs overweight.  It does not take much to have high blood pressure, diabetes, IBS or other health issues that are caused by obesity.  As long as you have a BMI over 30 you qualify for WLS. Health risks such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high BP and high cholesterol will be significantly decreased and controlled.

You will have a large scar from surgery: 96% of WLS comes with minimally-invasive surgery or laproscopy.  This normally requires 5-6 small incisions on the abdomen.

It takes a long time to recover after surgery:  Most people recover within 1-2weeks.  Some people go back to work and regular activities within just a few days.

After surgery you will not be able to eat any good food:  Most people can eat all kinds of food after surgery. Most people can east just about anything, just in smaller quantities.  However, a small percentage of people who have had the Roux-En-Y gastric bypass experience an unpleasant sensation (referred to as dumping syndrome) when eating large amounts of sweets and desserts.  The Vertical Sleeve does not have this issue.

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