At a time when heart attacks, diabetes, and erratic blood pressure or cholesterol levels threaten the very existence of mankind, obesity or overweight is not just an aesthetic complication. It is, in fact, a threat looming ahead, warning us of the not so good times to come! While we all try the easy way out with the help of a controlled diet and exercise, they don't work well on most. For most people with BMI (Body Mass Index) beyond 30, a strict diet and exercise protocol does not bring about a remarkable change. So what is the way out? With the improvement and development in science laparoscopic procedures for weight loss has become highly popular.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is one such procedure where a minimally invasive procedure is used to manipulate the size of the stomach, limiting the food intake and thus aiding the weight loss process. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is found to bring about 40 to 70% decrease in the pre- operative weight. The changes can be visible from the first year of the surgery itself. Most patients who have undergone the procedure have also reported a remarkable change in their cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure levels.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a minimally invasive procedure and is conducted after making a few tiny incisions in the abdominal area to insert the laparoscope and the instruments required to conduct the procedure. The procedure is conducted under anesthesia and involves the removal of about 75% of the stomach, leaving a narrow gastric sleeve or tube. This reduces the capacity of the stomach and hence the quantity of food intake, leading to weight loss. The procedure does not remove or bypass the intestine. So, absorption is not affected and the body is not deprived of vital nutrients. The procedure can be completed in one or two hours. Although laparoscopic procedures are less complicated than open surgery, they need to be conducted by a skilled surgeon for the best results.
Dr. RK Sinha is a leading bariatric and laparoscopic surgeon with a wealth of experience in the field and a number of happy patients.
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