Woman's before and after gastric sleeve surgery weight loss

Gastric sleeve surgery restricts your food intake, which leads to weight loss. You may lose from 50 to 90 pounds. United Bariatric Center of Kansas City is a gastric sleeve surgery specialist in Lee’s Summit, MO, and the surrounding Kansas City area.

This procedure is done as a laparoscopic surgery, with small incisions in the upper abdomen. Most of the left part of the stomach is removed. The remaining stomach is then a narrow tube called a sleeve. Food empties out of the bottom of the stomach into the small intestine the same way that it did before surgery. The small intestine is not operated on or changed. After the surgery, less food will make you full when eating.

The reasons for getting surgery like this range from physical to mental to emotional. Here’s a list of the top 10 reason people consider this as their solution.

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Top 10 Reason People Get Gastric Sleeves:

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Long-term weight loss 

Studies have shown that patients lose approximately 60 to 70% of their extra weight and keep the weight off over a 10-year period. The bottom line is the Gastric Sleeve procedure works and is a permanent solution for obesity.

Long-term remission from Type-2 Diabetes 

Numerous studies have shown that weight loss through Gastric Sleeve Surgery often causes long-term remission of Type-2 diabetes. Patients often remain free of insulin and adjunct medications for years after surgery.

Longer Life Expectancy 

Several large population studies have found that patients who have had Gastric Sleeve Surgery have up to a 90% reduction in mortality in comparison with patients who did not have surgery. Other studies have shown even higher death rates associated with diabetes and heart disease. Often patients affected by severe obesity are in poor health and suffer from numerous life-threatening diseases before surgery. Many of these conditions often disappear or are dramatically reduced after undergoing Gastric Sleeve Surgery.

Improvement in the Quality of Life 

Patients often report improvements in their quality of life after undergoing Gastric Sleeve Surgery for weight loss. Some of these include increased mobility, relief from anxiety and depression, improvements in self-esteem, and sexual function, and reductions in unemployment and disabilities.

Improved Fertility 

Many overweight couples suffer from infertility as a direct result of being overweight. An unhealthy weight can affect a woman’s fertility by causing hormonal imbalances and problems with ovulation (releasing an egg from the ovaries). Obesity is also associated with the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of low fertility or infertility.    New studies have discovered that many couples suffering from problems with infertility get pregnant following Gastric Sleeve Surgery.

Relief from Joint Pain 

Individuals suffering from severe obesity often suffer from chronic joint pain and joint damage. The significant weight loss that occurs after Gastric Sleeve Surgery often permanently relieves the stress on the joints and allows the body to heal from the stress of excess weight on the body’s joints. Patients also report being able to discontinue using pain medications and improve mobility.

Relief from Sleep Apnea 

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Obesity is often the leading cause of sleep apnea which can cause chronic health problems and put one at risk of death through heart disease, hypertension, stroke, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmia, heart failure, diabetes, and numerous metabolic problems. Patients often experience relief from sleep apnea after losing extra weight and sustaining a normal weight range through bariatric surgery. In addition, patients often stop using a CPAP machine to aid in breathing 1-2 years after surgery.

Improved Cardiovascular Health 

Gastric Sleeve Surgery reduces a patient’s risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks, by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels often associated with severe obesity. Often after surgery patients experience improved heart function, and lower cholesterol, and blood pressure. Risks of early mortality from cardiovascular problems can often return to normal levels improving one’s overall health and well-being.

Improved Sexual Function 

Obesity is often linked to numerous sexual problems such as lack of sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, poor performance, insecurity, avoidance of sexual encounters, and difficulty reaching orgasms. Several research studies have shown that weight loss through bariatric surgery often results in an increase in libido, improvement of sexual functionality, and overall improvement in sexual performance.

Alleviation from Medical Complications 

Obesity is linked to so many medical problems, they are almost incalculable. Patients often experience relief from many chronic, often life-threatening medical problems due to severe obesity. What is difficult to assess is the mental and psychological problems associated with being overweight. Patients often find relief from many or all previous medical conditions suffered prior to weight loss surgery. It’s evident through the research that obesity is one of the leading causes of health problems and premature death.

Can you get a gastric sleeve even if you aren’t obese?

Gastric sleeve surgery is generally recommended for people with a BMI of 27-30 or higher. While BMI is a useful tool for determining a person’s eligibility for the procedure, it is important to remember that it does not differentiate between body fat and muscle mass.

This means that even if a person has a high BMI, they may not necessarily be overweight or obese. For example, bodybuilders will often have a high BMI but very little body fat. Therefore, even if a person isn’t obese, they may still be eligible for a gastric sleeve procedure if they meet the BMI requirements.

Gastric Sleeve could be an option for you if you suffer from one or many items listed above. The solutions are out there to alleviate the pain and suffering. Let us help you discover what’s best for your personal situation. Contact us today and see results in under 6 months!

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