What conditions can be treated with the sleeve gastrectomy?
The sleeve gastrectomy is intended as a treatment for severe obesity, particularly for people who have not been successful with long-term weight loss using other methods.
Along with treating obesity, the surgery can also help resolve many dangerous health problems associated with obesity, such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Heart disease
What are the possible side effects?
Sleeve gastrectomy is a major surgery, and every major surgery poses some potential health risks. The general complication rate of the sleeve gastrectomy is about 10% – 12%, and the rate of serious complications is less than 3%. Some side effects associated with the procedure are:
- Injury to other organs
- Leaking from the staple line used to divide the stomach (rare)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Kidney stones
- Gastrointestinal reflux
- Gastrointestinal obstructions
Immediately after the surgery, you may experience constipation, nausea, or vomiting, but these symptoms are typically short-lived. Also, you may find that certain foods no longer agree with you.
Who is a candidate for this surgery?
Not all overweight people are good candidates for this surgery, and there are some criteria that must be met before Sheba’s doctors approve a patient for the sleeve gastrectomy.
We generally perform this procedure for people who have been diagnosed with morbid obesity with a BMI (body mass index) over 40, or people who have a BMI over 35 and an obesity-related health condition. In addition, patients must be 18 years of age and older, have a history of failed weight loss attempts, and be committed to making significant diet and lifestyle changes.
Anyone who has a health complication that compromises their ability to handle the stress of the surgery is not a good candidate for the sleeve gastrectomy.
Why choose Sheba for bariatric surgery in Israel?
Our Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Unit is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies in specialized operating rooms that are dedicated to bariatric procedures. Our team comprises five world-class bariatric surgeons, granting you the benefits of their combined experience of having performed thousands of surgeries.
Sheba’s team will prepare you for the surgery and provide support during and after the procedure. The sleeve gastrectomy procedure does not stand alone as the means to achieving your weight loss goals. To assist you on your journey towards better health, we provide a comprehensive variety of holistic services. For example, nutritionists will teach you proper eating habits, psychologists can help with making behavioral pattern changes, and endocrinologists will assist with personalized therapies for diabetes and other endocrine issues.
Also, a personal medical coordinator from the International Medical Tourism Division will accompany you throughout every step of your treatment, ensuring that your experience at Sheba is comfortable and efficient.