How about a day hike in Westchester? If you’re overweight or obese, just walking to your car might be a challenge. But did you know Westchester is home to a number of day hikes that showcase the natural beauty of the area like the Hudson River, Butler Sanctuary, and the Mianus River Gorge. Maybe hiking is out of the question for you right now, but put it on your bucket list.

If your weight is holding you back from living your best life and enjoying all that Westchester has to offer, we can help. A healthy diet and regular exercise can promote weight loss, but it’s not enough for some people. Combine your healthy habits with Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery, and you’ll have a winning formula that will help control hunger, promote weight loss, and maintain a healthy weight for good.

 

About Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Trying to lose weight the old-fashioned way is tough. It’s not impossible, but it’s hard to vigilantly keep track of your calories and practice portion control. When your brain and your stomach remind you that you’re hungry, more food is usually the solution, right?

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery helps solve the hunger problem and promote weight loss by removing up to 85 percent of your stomach. After surgery, the average patient loses about 61.5 percent of excess body fat and doesn’t gain it back, according to a study published in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease.

When it’s time for surgery:

1. You’ll be given general anesthesia to promote sleep and reduce pain.

2. A small one-inch incision is made in your lower abdomen, usually inside the belly button. In most cases, this is the only incision required to complete the surgery.

3. All the necessary tools and imaging equipment to complete the surgery are placed into your abdomen through the one-inch access point, and your abdomen is inflated using carbon dioxide gas.

5. Surgical staples are used to cut away a large portion of the stomach and seal off the smaller, remaining portion of the stomach at the same time. The entire surgery is typically completed in 1 to 2 hours.

Benefits

About 69 percent of all adults in Westchester and around the United States are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Carrying around too much weight is a major risk factor for chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.

Long-Term Weight Loss
 and Appetite Control

Research by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has found that the mean percentage of excess weight loss after surgery is 72.4 percent within the first two years. This is significant, because even a 10 percent reduction in Body Mass Index can begin to lower health risk factors. When the stomach size is reduced, patients naturally eat fewer calories and feel fuller longer.

Other health benefits of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery include:

  • Reductions in blood sugar levels to eliminate or control type 2 diabetes
  • A decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • Improvements in quality of sleep and resolution of obesity-related sleep disorders
  • Less muscle and joint pain and increased mobility after weight loss
  • Lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels linked to heart disease and stroke
  • Minimal scarring and faster recovery time that invasive weight reduction surgeries

Recovery

Removing up to 85 percent of your stomach will have a dramatic impact on your diet. Immediately after surgery, you’ll notice a change in your appetite. You’ll spend 1 to 2 night sin the hospital for routine monitoring. Then you’ll be discharged with specific instructions about your diet and wound care to help the incision heal. Most patients take a week or two off work after Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery. Learning to adjust your diet and eat smaller portion sizes will take some time, but most people adjust within about two months.

Risks

As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. In any operation, there’s always a risk for infection, excessive bleeding, damage to organs near the site of the surgery, and complications linked to other health problems. Your surgical team takes every possible precaution to prevent these kinds of complications.

 

In a study published in the journal, BMC Surgery, researchers followed 117 patients who received Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. While most surgeries were successful and complication free, researchers identified a few health risks specifically associated with Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery which include:

Leakage along the staple line – About 1.7 percent of patients in the study developed a leak along the staple line where the small portion of the stomach was sealed. This problem is corrected with a follow-up procedure to close the leak.

Internal bleeding – Five percent of patients experienced significant internal bleeding during surgery that required a blood transfusion.

Abscess on the abdominal wall – Less than one percent of patients in the study developed an abscess on the abdominal wall or lining of the stomach after surgery. The problem is typically treated by draining the abscess with a syringe and with prescription medications.

Acid reflux disease – One of the most common problems patients experience after Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery is acid reflux. Researchers found that about 14.6 percent of patients developed gastroesaphageal reflux disease. It’s typically treated with dietary modifications and medication.

Diet After Surgery

At first, you’ll stick to a liquid-only diet of water, unsweetened juice, and broth. But don’t worry, it’s only for the first one to two weeks. At three to four weeks, you can start eating pureed foods like applesauce, baby food, yogurt, and protein shakes. Five to six weeks after surgery, most patients start eating soft foods like cooked eggs, soft fruits and vegetables, and easy to chew and digest meat, fish, and poultry. You’ll gradually adjust to eating smaller amounts of food, and should be eating a relatively normal diet within two months.

Long-Term Support

You’ll meet with your doctor a couple weeks after surgery to make sure you’re healing properly and adjusting to your new diet. After the initial follow-up, most patients meet with their doctor every couple of months during the first year to measure weight loss, evaluate your diet and exercise habits, and address any concerns.

Set your sights on enjoying Westchester on your own two feet and contact the New York Bariatric Group office in your area to find out if you qualify for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery.