How Does the Sleeve Gastrectomy Help you to Lose Weight?

The sleeve gastrectomy procedure helps you to lose weight in two ways:

  • By reducing the amount of food that can be eaten in one meal – The volume of food which can be eaten is greatly reduced allowing you to feel full and satisfied after a healthy portion size.
  • Suppresses appetite – The stomach secretes a hormone call ghrelin, which is involved in appetite stimulation. By decreasing the size of the stomach, the amount of ghrelin produced is also decreased therefore suppressing appetite.

It is important to remember that surgery is a TOOL for weight loss. It is vital that eating behaviours are modified to get the best result from the procedure. It is important to eat a variety of healthy foods, to limit your intake of calorie dense foods and liquids and to slow your speed of eating to improve food tolerance. If eating behaviours are not adapted after surgery, weight loss will be limited or weight regain can be possible in the future. More detailed information about correct eating behaviours will be covered during your visit with the dietitian.

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