It’s estimated that approximately 60% of the population facing a weight issue and over five million Americans are more than 100 pounds over their ideal weight. Fad diets come and go, rising and sinking in popularity. Pills, hypnosis, behavioral therapy all look promising at first and may work for those dealing with mild obesity but almost always fail those who need to lose 100 pounds or more. At this time, the only proven, effective method for severe obesity or morbid obesity is surgery.
Weight loss surgery is commonly known as bariatric surgery and involves a surgical procedure which alters portions of the stomach and in some cases the small intestine. As a result less food is consumed and fewer calories are absorbed. The surgery is usually considered an option for persons who have a BMI above 40. It is also an option for people with a BMI of 35 to 40 who are experiencing health problems such as Type II diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea.
How Sleeve Gastrectomy Helps You Lose Weight
During the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. The sleeve is about the size of a banana. The rest of the stomach is removed.
Creating a smaller stomach pouch, a sleeve gastrectomy limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so you feel full sooner and stay full longer. As you eat less food, your body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy.