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About the Procedure
The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a procedure in which two-thirds of the stomach is removed. This leaves the stomach in a tube or sleeve shape which limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time and allows the patient to feel fuller sooner. No other part of the digestive system is affected, so it allows for normal digestion and absorption.
This procedure only limits the amount of food consumed, not necessarily the types of foods that can be eaten. For this reason, one must be committed to a healthy lifestyle.
What are the benefits of sleeve gastrectomy?
Significant weight loss, reduced healthcare costs and improved quality of life. Clinical studies of bariatric and metabolic surgery patients found that they felt better, spent more time doing recreational and physical activities, benefited from enhanced productivity and economic opportunities, and had more self-confidence than they did prior to surgery.
How long does it take to recover from the sleeve gastrectomy procedure?
Recovery times will vary, but our patients often:
What can I eat after a sleeve gastrectomy?
Sleeve gastrectomy patients can eat a wide variety of foods, in small portions. A typical meal in a bariatric and metabolic surgery diet includes protein-rich foods such as lean meat, eggs, low-fat dairy products (yogurt and cheese), starches and whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Eating protein helps you feel fuller longer. You're advised to avoid desserts and other items with sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients. High-sugar, high-fat foods can derail your attempts to lose weight. You'll also want to avoid raw vegetables, fruits with skin, nuts, popcorn, tough meats, stringy foods, and crusty bread (bagels and pretzels), which may block the opening of your stomach.