Gastric Sleeve Surgery Benefits and Risks

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Benefits and Risks

Obesity is not something you choose. Chances are you’ve tried diet after diet and you are still struggling with your weight. You may have succeeded at losing weight and just couldn’t keep it off. While losing weight can be difficult, exercising with an obese body can be even more difficult. Even if you are physically able to work out you may feel embarrassed by your body. You don’t have to let obesity keep you from living the active, fulfilling life you deserve! We can help you achieve your weight loss goals through weight loss surgery. Weight loss surgery may be an ideal solution if you are obese and are suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, depression, sleep apnea, or gallbladder disease, among many other health conditions. For the majority of our patients in Dallas, bariatric surgery has lessened, and in some cases eliminated, these health conditions.

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

The biggest benefit of gastric sleeve surgery is the improvements patients achieve in their health. Many patients with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol experienced significant improvements in these health conditions after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery. The weight loss that patients achieve after gastric sleeve surgery improves their health and drastically improves their quality of life. After undergoing gastric sleeve surgery, most patients express that they feel better physically and mentally. This improvement led to a more physically active and fulfilling life.

Another benefit is that most gastric sleeve surgeries can be performed using the laparoscopic technique. Because of this, gastric sleeve surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that usually results in a shorter hospital stay, smaller scars, less pain, and an easier recovery for patients than with more invasive bariatric surgery techniques. Unlike gastric bypass surgery in Dallas, gastric sleeve surgery does not bypass any of the intestines. As a result of this, all nutrients can be consumed by the body; thereby significantly decreasing the likelihood of absorption issues occurring.

A reduction in sweets cravings?

A clinical study showed that 50 percent of patients lost their cravings for sweets one year after their gastric sleeve surgery. At three years after their gastric sleeve surgery, 23 percent of patients still experienced a loss of cravings for sweets!

Risks of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery risks include leaking of the sleeve, weight gain, and blood clots. Because gastric sleeve surgery involves stapling inside the stomach, there is a risk of the staples not holding. Leaking occurs as a result of the staples not holding. Leaking stomach acids can result in infection to the surrounding tissues or other problems. To repair the leak, a second surgery or drainage tube may be required. Because the stomach is able to stretch with the gastric sleeve, weight gain may occur. As with any surgery, there is a risk of developing blood clots in the legs or lungs. Frequent walking and breathing deeply can minimize the risk of developing blood clots after surgery.

Contact Minimally Invasive Bariatrics Today

Gastric sleeve surgery as well as other types of bariatric surgery can significantly improve the health and quality of life of obese patients. To learn more about the benefits and risks of gastric sleeve surgery, please contact Minimally Invasive Bariatrics today.


At Minimally Invasive Bariatrics, we focus on thoroughly educating our patients, offering a wide range of surgical options, and providing comprehensive follow-up care. We believe that these are the factors that can make the difference between a successful procedure and one that does not produce the desired result

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