Vertical sleeve gastrectomy or VSG refers to a specific type of weight loss surgery. It involves the removal of a significant portion of one’s stomach leaving the new stomach banana size. This surgery helps limit the amount of food you’re able to eat. The reduced stomach means that you get fuller faster and so manage to control your food intake.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. It’s also done laparoscopically where a small camera is inserted through your belly button and the operating instruments through small insertions on your stomach. It’s less invasive and therefore translates to a quicker recovery time.
A video monitor is connected to the camera, and from it, the surgeon can observe what he/ she is doing with the instruments. There is also the gas that is pumped into your belly to help expand it. This allows the surgeon to have more room for performing the surgery.
Once most of the stomach has been removed, staples are used to join the remaining part of the stomach.
During the surgery, the sphincter muscles are neither changed nor cut thus allowing food to enter or exit the stomach.
The procedure takes 60 to 90 minutes.
Risks associated with vertical sleeve gastrectomy include:
Gastritis, which is inflammation of one’s stomach lining, stomach ulcers, and even heartburn.
The intestines, stomach, and other internal organs could also be injured during the laparoscopic procedure.
Blockage can occur in your bowel as a result of scarring in the belly.
There is a risk of leaking occurring in the line where stapling is done after surgery. This would mean food content in the stomach would leak into the cavity and other organs a situation that could turn fatal.
Because your ability to eat is significantly limited, then you are likely to suffer from poor nutrition although this rarely happens if the prescribed diet is followed.
Increased risk of gallstones. In some cases, the surgeon chooses to remove the gallbladder through a procedure called cholecystectomy to prevent gallstones.
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy just like every medical procedure demands that you get advice from a qualified doctor before deciding to get it done.
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