One of the main questions prospective patients always have is; How much weight can I lose after Gastric Sleeve Surgery? The easy answer is about 80% of your excess weight, however there is much more involved with the gastric sleeve surgery. Obviously, as part of the weight loss process, patients must stick to a healthy diet and physical activity. People also need to understand that surgery will work long term only if they commit to reaching their weight loss goals and work hard to change their habits and lifestyle permanently.
The Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, is a minimally invasive weight loss procedure that restricts the amount of food a person can eat and decreases their appetite, allowing them to successfully complete a strict diet regimen and achieve weight loss success. The VSG of Gastric Sleeve surgery offers a lasting solution to effective weight loss by removing between 60 and 80 percent of the stomach including the part of the stomach that causes hunger using a minimally invasive surgical technique, leaving behind a new small sleeve or banana shaped stomach. The gastric sleeve makes changes to the patient’s stomach and digestive system that limits how much food they can eat and how many nutrients they absorb, leading to successful weight loss.
It is somewhat easy to calculate a patients expected weight loss assuming they will follow the post-surgery guidelines their doctor wants of them. Dr. Hidalgo, the bariatric surgeon at Weight Loss Team the leading bariatric surgery center in Puerto Vallarta states that weight loss after Gastric Sleeve is different for every patient but on average typically patients will lose 60 to 70 percent of their excess weight after having the Gastric Sleeve surgery in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Patients typically lose weight because they feel full from smaller portions, eat less and have a significantly decreased feeling of hunger. Obviously, these percentages are an average and everyone will vary depending on their diet, commitment and habits. There are people who lose less and some others who lose more.
There are certain factors that patients need to consider to measure the success of their weight loss such as:
- Following a strict daily diet designed by their doctor
- Physical activity at least one hour, three or four days a week
- Attitude: Ability to adhere to a healthy Lifestyle
- New Sleeve size
- Starting body mass
- Patient’s overall commitment to change old habits
- Not Giving Up!
Gastric Sleeve Surgery has become more popular than Gastric Bypass Surgery for weight loss as of lately. However, Gastric Sleeve Surgery is not a substitute for the lifestyle changes needed to keep off the weight loss. The surgeon will restrict their caloric intake, begin an exercise program and require that the patient adhere to change their old bad habits for ultimate success.
If the amount of weight loss achieved is lower than expected, patients should not be upset, but rather look at what they are doing wrong and correct their habits. They should keep working towards their goal, as the procedure is not a magic pill, but rather a tool that you work with to help you achieve your weight loss goals in a manageable format. Remember that exercising will come easier and life more enjoyable as you continue to lose your weight.
Gastric Sleeve surgery helps the patient speed up their weight loss but the ultimate progress towards their goal weight will truly depend on the attitude and commitment of each patient.
For more information regarding Clinics/ Hospitals and Weight Loss Options mentioned in this article:
Dr. Juan F Hidalgo - Bariatric Surgeon at Weight Loss Team – Bariatric Surgery Center at the CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.
Telephone: Toll free 1(800) 404-9064 or + 1(818) 949-6911