Dr Evan Willingham
Toowoomba Bariatric Surgery
Downs Specialist Centre
146 Mackenzie Street
East Toowoomba Qld 4350
Phone: 07 4580 0828
Fax: 07 4580 0829
RISKS OF THE GASTRIC SLEEVE
There are several risks and complications of gastric sleeve surgery:
It is vital that all post-surgery instructions are adhered to in order for the procedure to remain a success and to reduce to chances of the above-mentioned risks occurring.
GENERAL POSITIVES REGARDING THE GASTRIC SLEEVE
ADVANTAGES OF GASTRIC SLEEVE COMPARED TO GASTRIC BANDING
This procedure does have several advantages over gastric banding and other surgical procedures. For example:
ADVANTAGES OF A GASTRIC SLEEVE
Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) is a surgical weight loss procedure which can be an alternative to gastric banding. As pictured (left), the procedure involves removing part of your stomach which results in you eating a smaller amount of food.
Unlike the gastric bypass, the procedure does not involve any re-routing of the intestinal tract, which can result in complications with malabsorption and malnutrition.
Popularity regarding the Gastric Sleeve is growing due to its effectiveness with weight loss in patients who are very overweight (BMI >45).
A Gastric Sleeve is often also recommended as an option to individuals with logistical limits to attending regular follow-up visits for band adjustments, or for those preferring to undergo a permanent (and irreversible) procedure and not be obligated to ongoing maintenance following surgery.