Preparation for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: What to Expect
Preparation for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: What to Expect

Preparation for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: What to Expect

Embarking on the journey of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a significant step towards a healthier life. This minimally invasive surgery reduces the size of your stomach to a "sleeve" or tube-like shape. As you prepare for this transformative procedure, understanding what to expect can help ease any apprehensions and set the stage for a successful outcome.

Before the Surgery

Preparation begins weeks before the actual surgery. Your healthcare team will guide you through a comprehensive preoperative process, which includes:

  • Nutritional Counselling: You will be advised to start a pre-surgery diet. This diet helps reduce the size of your liver and decrease the risk during surgery.
  • Medical Evaluations: Undergo various tests and screenings to ensure you're fit for the procedure. These may include blood tests, EKGs, and chest X-rays.
  • Lifestyle Adjustments: You'll be advised to stop smoking and avoid certain medications that can increase bleeding risk.

The Day Before Surgery

  • Fasting: Typically, you'll need to fast for at least 12 hours before your surgery.
  • Hydration: Drink clear liquids as advised by your surgeon to stay hydrated.
  • Medications: Take any preoperative medications prescribed by your doctor.

The Day of Surgery

  • Hospital Arrival: Arrive at the hospital early, with enough time to complete any last-minute paperwork and pre-surgery preparations.
  • Anaesthesia: Before the surgery, you'll meet the anesthesiologist who will explain the process of putting you under anaesthesia.

What to Expect During the Surgery

The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia so you will not feel any discomfort during the procedure. About 70 to 80% of your stomach is removed using minimally invasive techniques ensuring minimal damage to surrounding tissues. The surgery is usually completed in 1-2 hours.  

Post-Surgery Expectations

After the surgery, you'll be monitored closely for any complications. Pain management and gradual reintroduction to liquids, followed by solid foods, will be part of your recovery process. Remember, the success of the surgery also depends on your commitment to a healthier lifestyle post-procedure.

The Benefits of  Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Significant Weight Loss: LSG can lead to substantial weight loss, which is often sustained long-term.
  • Improvement in Obesity-Related Conditions: It can help alleviate conditions associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, and heart disease.
  • Hormonal Changes: The surgery induces hormonal changes that aid in weight loss and may improve metabolic conditions.
  • Enhanced Fertility: In female patients, LSG can improve conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and increase fertility
  • Short Hospital Stay: The laparoscopic approach typically results in a shorter hospital stay, less pain, fewer complications after surgery, and a lower risk of infection.
  • Increased Life Expectancy: The overall health improvements and weight loss can contribute to a longer life expectancy.

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