Frequently asked questions


Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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Sleeve Surgery is low maintenance with less long term overall problems.
High degree of success and fast weight loss, combined with low rate of side effects.
It’s a 30 to 45 minute procedure.
Same day surgery so you go home several hrs after your procedure.
There is no foreign body like in Gastric Band surgery.
The intestine is not rerouted as in Gastric Bypass Surgery.
The normal digestive tract remains.
No maintenance, only follow up with your surgeon and dietitian.
It’s outpatient surgery or one overnight stay.

In a week.
You should be up and walking within a few hours after surgery.
Most patients can drive after 4-5 days.
A small cup size, approximately 250mls. Patients are on a pureed diet for 2 weeks and by 6-8 weeks should be able to eat all food types including steak , chicken and bread.
We have not seen too many problems with nutritional difficulties after sleeve gastrectomy. We recommend patients take multivitamins daily .
About 10% of patients will require skin fold reduction surgery after weight loss. If you are younger it is not so likely as your skin is still fairly elastic and can remodel. For older patients with high BMIs it may be required. We usually would wait until at least 12-18 months from surgery (when your weight loss will have plateaued) and then consider if any skin surgery is needed.

Lap Band Surgery

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Gastric banding is a surgery performed through thumbnail-sized incisions during which a silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach creating a small gastric pouch. This band is adjustable, and if necessary, removable..
Adjustments are often carried out in the X-ray department so that the site of the reservoir can be clearly seen. When X-rays are used, your reproductive organs should be shielded. Sometimes adjustments can be performed in the outpatient clinic or office. Local anesthesia may or may not be necessary. A fine needle is passed through the skin into the reservoir in order to add or subtract saline. This procedure usually takes only a few minutes and is considered by most patients to be nearly painless.
Many patients wonder if after they get down to their goal weight, they can have their gastric band removed. The gastric band is meant to remain in place indefinitely. We know that once the band is removed, patients no longer feel satisfied with small portions, and often times start eating larger meals again. Although gastric banding is a reversible procedure and the gastric band can be removed laparoscopically, it is not advisable to have the band removed once you meet your goal weight.
There have been no case reports of an allergic-type reaction to the gastric band.
Your gastric band will not need to be removed if you become pregnant. Your gastric band will assist you with hunger and portion control during your pregnancy. The notion of “eating for two” often gets women into trouble with too much weight gain. Your band can be adjusted during pregnancy. Some surgeons recommend emptying the band before delivery..
The gastric band works by controlling your hunger and your portion size. Eating a small portion of solid food will fill the small upper gastric pouch, sending a signal to your brain that you are full.