What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Gastric Sleeve, also called Sleeve Gastrectomy, is a surgical weight-loss procedure that has dramatically increased in popularity over the recent years. According to a National Bariatric Surgery Registry report, Gastric Sleeve is the second-most common weight loss surgery in the UK. On average, Gastric Sleeve surgery can help patients lose about 60-70% of their extra weight over a two-year period. Gastric Sleeve not only delivers excellent weight loss results, it also helps patients achieve an improved quality of life.
How is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Performed?
During Gastric Sleeve, about 80% of the stomach including, the source of hormones which stimulate your appetite is permanently removed. Once the size of your stomach is reduced significantly, the amount of food you can consume will be restricted, therefore leaving you feeling fuller sooner. This procedure is performed laparoscopically, which involves inserting small instruments through tiny incisions to remove part of your stomach, leaving the remainder in a sleeve-like shape. You can expect to lose around 30-50% of your excess weight in the first 12 months after your surgery with more weight loss expected over the following year.
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
The primary reason most patients choose gastric sleeve is to lose excess weight. But did you know that Sleeve Gastrectomy can also reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening health problems, including;
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
- Type 2 diabetes
- Mental well-being
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All Inclusive Gastric Sleeve Package
Package includes pre-op tests, aftercare essentials, 3 nights hospital stay, 4 nights hotel stay, VIP transfers, free guest, English speaking patient co-ordinator and a nurse
On the morning of your procedure, you will be picked up by your patient coordinator and transferred to the hospital where you will have a consultation with your surgeon. Afterwards, you will have medical tests to check your suitability for surgery and once confirmed the procedure will last around 45 minutes to 1 hour. You will spend 3 nights at the hospital following your surgery
Following a check-up by your surgeon you will be transferred to your hotel where you will continue to rest in your room
You are advised to continue resting, but once you start feeling better you can go out to explore the city on day 6
You will have a final check-up by your surgeon and you will be ready to go home after receiving instructions on postoperative care. Stitches do not need to be removed as they are dissolvable
On your last day our driver will take you to the airport in one of our VIP transfers
Everything You Need to Know
Length of Stay
Around 45 minutes
1 day after procedure
Time off Work
4 days after procedure
2 weeks after procedure
On back for 2 weeks
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Gastric Sleeve?
Gastric Sleeve also called Sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical weight-loss procedure. This procedure is typically performed laparoscopically, which involves inserting small instruments through multiple small incisions in the upper abdomen. During sleeve gastrectomy, about 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving a tube-shaped stomach about the size and shape of a banana.
Limiting the size of your stomach restricts the amount of food you are able to consume.
Done to help you lose excess weight and reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
Am I a suitable candidate for Gastric Sleeve?
Sleeve gastrectomy is typically done only after you’ve tried to lose weight by improving your diet and exercise habits.
In general, sleeve gastrectomy surgery could be an option for you if:
- Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher (extreme obesity).
- Your BMI is 35 to 39.9 (obesity), and you have a serious weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea. In some cases, you may qualify for certain types of weight-loss surgery if your BMI is 30 to 34 and you have serious weight-related health problems.
What should I expect during my consultation with the surgeon?
During your consultation with the surgeon you will discuss your expectations and potential results. He will go through your medical history and test results with you to ensure your suitability for the procedure. After clearly explaining how VASER Liposuction and fat transfer are performed he will physically examine you and draw very detailed markings on your treatment areas. The markings will be unique to your body and they will define precisely where your surgeon is going to perform VASER Liposuction and fat transfer. You will then be given information about your post-op recovery and be prepared for your surgery.
How much weight can I expect to lose with Gastric Sleeve?
But, in order to maintain your results, you will need to ensure that you start eating healthy and exercise regularly to have the body you’ve always dreamed of!
How long downtime do I need to recover?
The duration of your recovery depends on how your body heals, your lifestyle and how thoroughly you follow the aftercare guidelines given to you by your surgeon. Although everyone’s body recovers differently, final results can generally be seen around 6 months after the surgery. Throughout your healing period, drinking plenty of water, avoiding smoking and eating reduced salt and sugary foods will help reduce your swelling and help your body heal a lot quicker. Make sure you check out our top BBL recovery tips!
Most patients are back to their “normal selves” in about a week or less (similar to gallbladder surgery). However, if possible, we suggest patients take 2-4 weeks off from work to focus on adjusting to their new stomach and lifestyle.
When can I expect to return to work?
It depends on the type of job you do. Normally, you can return to work within 14 days if your job is sedentary. For more active jobs we recommend taking 3 weeks off work. Don’t forget that you can’t sit down on your buttocks for 2 weeks following BBL surgery without using your BBL pillow.
When can I expect to see my results?
Some patients may see results immediately, but most will start seeing their results 6-8 weeks after the procedure once the swelling has subsided. However, it can take up to 6 months to 1 year to achieve the final result.
Will I have any scars?
The surgery is performed laparoscopically and typically involves 5 tiny incisions. 4 of these incisions are about 5mm (the width of a pea). One of the incisions is approximately 15mm (less than the width of a loonie ).
What are the top tips to help maintain my results?
As Maya Medical we will provide you with all the essential aftercare products you will need during your recovery in Istanbul. These include a post-operative garment, BBL pillow and a Shewee (female urinal). So, to maintain the results of your surgery all you have to do is follow the aftercare guidelines given by your surgeon, avoid sitting down for 2 weeks, wear your garment for 6 weeks, book at least 8 Lymphatic Drainage Massages upon your return home. And most importantly avoid smoking and take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle!
How long does the procedure take?
The operation takes approximately 45 minutes.
When can I take a shower?
You can take a shower 3-4 days after your surgery after your drains are removed.
Should I bring a friend with me?
Our dedicated patient coordinators and nurses will be with you during every step of your journey, however when having a surgical procedure anywhere it’s always best to have a familiar face with you.
What type of anesthesia will be used?
BBL surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
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