Sleeve gastrectomy is a delicate surgical procedure used purposely for weight-loss in which about twenty five percent of the stomach is substantially reduced in a surgical process that involves removal of the larger part of the stomach or the grater curvature of the stomach. The sleeve tube like structure is the resultant of the surgery and makes it irreversible. This surgical procedure helps one to control the number of calories one consumes by making it difficult for you to eat large portions of food at a single sitting.
The surgery procedure of sleeve gastrectomy was initially performed to modify another bariatric procedure. Later the procedure became the very first part of the two stage gastric bypass surgical procedure having been deemed too large. Currently, sleeve-gastrectomy is a successful weight loss procedure in many areas around Asia and North America. This procedure will involve a longitudinal resection begining from the antrum through fundus.
As this procedure involves the stomach which is one of largest organs in human body responsible for food digestion, special diet is needed. The sleeve gastrectomy diet is different other normal diets or the one you may have experienced in the past. It progresses through a series, usually four stages; one will also start eating smaller portion sizes than you are probably used to after the surgery and drink on regular schedules. However, the patient has to learn to monitor his or her body to determine if he or she is physically hungry or not. If you overeat, you may become sick to your stomach and vomit and may lead to complications. After the successful procedure, many patients tend to feel full after eating small portions of food. One will start to learn when you feel full over time as the healing progresses.
Before the surgery, one should consider buying the following;
Beverages that are sugar-free, calorie-free, non-carbonated, and non-caffeinated such as water, high-protein, low-sugar shake, food scale measuring cups and spoons. A patient is also advised to be in the hospital at least two to three days before the actual procedure commences.
There are many stages involved in the diet. These prescriptions are usually given by the physicians. However a diet may look similar to; the first day the patient may start by having 2 ounces of sugar-free, calorie-free, non-carbonated, non-caffeinated liquids per hour. Drinks are then introduced and mixed with water or skim milk to equal the nutrients. In addition, there is also a stage that gradually re-introduces solid food to your system. It is important for you to listen to your body to tell you if you are full.