Bariatric surgery is a big step in your weight loss journey — but which procedure is right for you? There's a lot to consider when deciding on bariatric surgery, and you need to ask the right questions to make the right choice.
Gastric sleeve surgery is one of your options for bariatric surgery, and it offers some benefits over other procedures. Before you decide, it's crucial to know what questions to ask to make the best and most informed choice for you and your goals.
If you're considering gastric sleeve surgery, Dr. Robert Snow and our team at Snow Bariatric Center in Flower Mound and Fort Worth, Texas, have the knowledge and expertise to lead you in the right direction.
Dr. Snow is a highly experienced bariatric surgeon, offering several types of weight loss surgery, including the gastric sleeve procedure and gastric bypass surgery. He answers any questions you have during your appointment to address your concerns.
Facts on gastric sleeve surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery is one of your many options when you're obese and need to lose weight. While it offers fast and efficient weight loss, the gastric sleeve procedure differs from other bariatric surgery types like the LAP-BAND® or gastric bypass.
During gastric sleeve surgery, Dr. Snow removes a large portion of your stomach, up to 80% of it. He then closes the remaining tissue to form a narrow sleeve that resembles a banana.
A smaller stomach allows you to lose weight quickly and efficiently by restricting the food you can eat. You'll feel fuller quicker after gastric sleeve surgery.
The gastric sleeve procedure is a great option when you're severely obese and haven't been able to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. However, it's incredibly invasive and requires a lot of commitment on your end before and after the procedure. When considering bariatric surgery, you must ask the right questions to prepare yourself for the procedure.
Questions to ask about gastric sleeve surgery
If you're considering gastric sleeve surgery for weight loss, there are a few things you need to consider. Before making a decision, be sure to ask Dr. Snow any questions you may have, including the following:
Is a gastric sleeve my best option?
It's essential to find out about your bariatric surgery options. Your medical history, current medical problems, and goals are critical to your decision. Ask Dr. Snow about your options and if the gastric sleeve procedure suits your needs.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Preparing for bariatric surgery starts months before the actual procedure. You'll need to lose weight and pass a health evaluation before Dr. Snow approves you for surgery.
Asking what to expect before surgery is an essential component of your decision. You'll need to drink a liquid diet two weeks before surgery to help you lose fat and get ready for your procedure.
What's recovery like?
Asking about the recovery process should be one of your priority questions, as the healing process is crucial to your success. Understanding what to expect in the weeks to months following gastric sleeve surgery is essential to long-term weight loss.
Will the results be significant?
Weight loss is your primary goal for bariatric surgery, so asking how much weight you can expect to lose is essential during your consultation. Although he can't give you specific numbers, Dr. Snow helps you understand how much you could lose after gastric sleeve surgery with adherence to the recovery diet.
Is surgery my only option?
One of the most important questions you can ask at your consultation is: Do I need surgery? Even though bariatric surgery is an excellent tool for weight loss, you may have other options.
Dr. Snow may suggest the gastric sleeve procedure if you're significantly overweight and have a BMI over 40 or 35 with at least one significant medical problem.
If you don't meet these requirements, Dr. Snow may suggest other methods to help you lose weight and regain control over your health.
To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery, don't hesitate to call one of our Fort Worth or Flower Mound, Texas, offices or request an appointment on our website.