What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery? What are Gastric Sleeve Surgery risks?

Gastric sleeve surgery is a procedure where a large portion is removed from the stomach. As a result of the stomach being smaller, there is a reduced capacity for food consumption, therefore, promoting long-term weight loss, usually at an accelerated rate. Due to its increased popularity around the globe, it is important for people to know and understand this particular procedure, like most, comes with risk. These potential risks can be avoided by sticking to a strict diet following surgery. Below we’ve outlined some of the gastric sleeve surgery risks often associated with weight loss surgery and how to avoid them.

Ignoring Postoperative Guidelines

For a lot of people, food is a way to deal with or suppress feelings of anxiety or depression. Food is also synonymous with celebrating joyous occasions, such as weddings, parties, and other special gatherings with friends and family. For those who are recovering from surgery, adjusting to a postoperative diet might prove to be challenging as many who undergo weight loss surgery will still have a deep-rooted psychological component that will need to be overcome.

To achieve maximum results after surgery, individuals will need to incorporate a healthy diet and adequate exercise into their lifestyle.

Risks Associated with Not Following Guidelines

Failure to adhere to postoperative guidelines can result in further post-gastric sleeve surgery risks, including:

Moderate to Mild Risk:

  • Vomiting

Following surgery, the stomach is sensitive and can not hold as much food as you are used to eating. To avoid feelings of nausea and even vomiting, eat slowly and chew food completely. This can also help you from overeating.

  • Plugging

This is caused when some individual experiences a feeling of food being caught or trapped in the upper digestive tract.

  • Lack of Weight Loss, Possible Weight Gain

It is recommended that individuals who are recovering from weight loss surgery be conscious of how many calories they consume. Try to avoid liquids that are high in calories, such as juice, fruit smoothies, and milkshakes. This will help with successful weight loss and prevent further post-gastric sleeve surgery risks.

Severe Risks:

  • Perforated Stomach

Patients need to be conscious of what they are eating while recovering. Eating solid foods before the stomach has healed and is ready can lead to serious damage and even more complicated gastric sleeve surgery risks. Eating solids before the stomach is ready can lead to sepsis (an infection of the abdominal cavity). Sepsis symptoms may include severe stomach pain, chills, fever, nausea, and/or vomiting. Any of these symptoms require immediate medical attention.

  • Septic Shock

Septic shock originates from stomach and digestive system infections that can be related to gastric sleeve surgery. If a patient overdoes it and damages the stomach during recovery, infection is possible, which can then lead to septic shock. Septic shock is especially dangerous as it is the most common cause of death in Intensive Care Units across the United States.

If you feel as though you could benefit from weight loss surgery, contact True Self Surgical today and schedule an appointment. Be one step closer to regaining your true self and start enjoying life again!