At Perth Obesity Solutions, we can help you decide whether gastric sleeve surgery is the right option for you.

As there are several weight loss procedures available to you, our highly experienced surgeon Dr Siva Sundararajan will advise the most suitable surgery for your needs. No matter whether you proceed with the gastric sleeve or another procedure, Dr Siva and our team will support you throughout every stage of your health journey.

What is a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Gastric sleeve surgery involves removing a large part of your stomach to decrease the amount of food you’re able to consume. The procedure enables you to gradually lose weight as your meal sizes are restricted and your calorie intake is reduced.

After surgery, your body will produce lower levels of the hunger hormone Ghrelin. This means you will feel less hungry and will be less likely to experience food cravings.

A sleeve gastrectomy will also accelerate gastric emptying. Nutrients will get delivered to your small intestine earlier, increasing your satiety hormones and making you feel full even after very small meals.

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What are the Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

If you’re finding it difficult to lose weight and manage your health, gastric sleeve surgery could be part of your solution. When supported by a holistic approach and a balanced lifestyle, patients who undergo a sleeve gastrectomy are likely to maintain lasting weight loss results.  

Excellent Weight Loss

As the body adjusts to the reduced stomach size, the average patient will lose 60-70% of their excess weight within the first year. Most of our patients here at Perth Obesity Solutions will experience excess weight loss of more than 90%.

Improved Heath Conditions

Metabolic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be brought on by poor diet, a lack of exercise and excessive weight. As gastric sleeve surgery can aid the weight loss process, it can also lead to improvements in related health concerns. It is generally more effective than the gastric band in improving these conditions.

No Adjustments Required

Once your sleeve gastrectomy is completed, there is no need for further adjustment surgeries. In gastric banding, a stomach pouch is formed by implanting hardware into the body that must be constantly adjusted. Achieving ideal adjustment is difficult and patients often have poor quality of life with regards to eating. About half the patients who have a lap band end up having revision surgery for inadequate weight loss.

Simpler Procedure

Once your sleeve gastrectomy is completed, there is no need for further adjustment surgeries. In gastric banding, a stomach pouch is formed by implanting hardware into the body that must be constantly adjusted. Achieving ideal adjustment is difficult and patients often have poor quality of life with regards to eating. About half the patients who have a lap band end up having revision surgery for inadequate weight loss.

Want to Know More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

You may have a lot of questions before you book your consult. Download our informational PDF about sleeve gastrectomies to find out more about this surgery.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery FAQs  

How much does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Cost?

At Perth Obesity Solutionsthout-of-pocket costs for a sleeve gastrectomy are generally between $3,500 to $4,000. This includes payments to the assistant as well. We do offer a direct debit plan which we can discuss with you during your initial consultation.  

Am I eligible for Gastric Sleeve surgery?

While you will need to get medical advice from a specialist bariatric surgeon before proceeding with any weight loss procedure, you may be eligible for gastric sleeve surgery if you meet the following criteria.

Your BMI (Body Mass Index) is higher than 35kg/m2.

You have not had success with traditional weight loss methods in the past (diet, exercise etc.)

You have weight-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnoea.

If you would like to find out whether you’re a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery, get in touch with our team today.

Dr Siva can review your personal situation and recommend a course of action that will help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact us to arrange your initial consultation.

What happens during a vertical sleeve gastrectomy?

While you’re under general anaesthesia, Dr. Siva will make small cuts in your abdomen, with the largest incision being around 2cm. A keyhole camera known as a laparoscope is then introduced along with very thin instruments.

Your stomach is freed up from its attachments and a sizing tube called a bougie is inserted to accurately calibrate the size of your gastric sleeve. Next, a stapling device is used to seal and divide your stomach. The excised part of your stomach is sent off to be analysed in the lab and your incisions are then closed with absorbable stitches.

Is the procedure painful?

We use a local anesthetic at the incision sites to help with your pain. Our bariatric anesthetist will also prescribe sufficient pain medication to keep you comfortable.

After surgery, patients may experience some discomfort in their shoulders as the gas used for the surgery stretches the diaphragm, but this usually settles in 1-2 days.

You may also have discomfort just below your breastbone from the use of the instrument that lifts up the liver. This is done to ensure Dr. Siva can safely operate on the stomach below and any associated pain after surgery should also settle in 1-2 days.

Lastly, you could experience discomfort just to the right of your belly button. This is due to the deep stitches used to close your fascia, which is the tough layer of tissue that covers your muscles. It’s important to fully close this area as otherwise, it increases your risk of a hernia. It may take up to a week for pain in this area to resolve.

What are the risks of a gastric sleeve procedure?

All surgeries come with a certain level of risk. With the sleeve gastrectomy, there is a very low risk of complications following your surgery.

Bleeding or infection – less than 1%.

Leakage from the join or staple lines – between 1-2%.

Strictures or narrowing of the sleeve – 5%.

In the longer term, there is a risk of developing health concerns related to nutritional deficiencies. It’s very important that you take your supplements and maintain regular follow ups.

After 10 years, 20-25% of patients will need another operation due to weight regain or reflux. Heartburn can occur in 10% of patients as there is more pressure on the narrow tube of stomach.

Some patients may also experience lose abdominal skin; however, core exercises can be used to help tighten the area.

What diet must be followed after gastric sleeve surgery?

During your initial recovery, you will need to follow a post-surgery diet plan.

You will start with a liquid diet before progressing to pureed and softer foods. In most situations, you will be able to have a normal diet after 5 weeks.

Once you have recovered, it’s important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet to get the best results from your procedure.

At Perth Obesity Solutions, we will guide you step by step to help you manage your diet at every stage.

How long does it take to recover from gastric sleeve weight loss surgery?

As everyone is different, recovery time can vary from patient to patient, depending on your level of health.

In most cases, you will be able to resume your normal routine one week after the procedure.

It’s important to follow our advice post-surgery to ensure you experience a smooth recovery.

How often will I need to see the Perth Obesity team post surgery?

CLINIC FOLLOW-UP

  • 2 weeks post-surgery
  • 1 month post-surgery (Phone call)
  • 3 months post-surgery
  • 6 months post-surgery (with blood tests)
  • 1 year post-surgery (with blood tests)
  • Yearly thereafter

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