Is a Gastric Sleeve Right for Me?

It’s never easy deciding to have surgery, even when it’s minimally invasive. But undergoing a gastric sleeve surgery can help you lose anywhere from 50-80% of your excess weight, which can significantly improve your overall health.

Gastric sleeve surgery involves removing approximately three-quarters of your stomach, leaving a portion similar in size and shape to a banana. This weight loss approach not only reduces the amount of food you need to eat, but it also impacts hormones in your gut associated with hunger, fullness, and blood sugar.

If you’re considering gastric sleeve surgery, Dr. Chad Carlton at LoneStar Bariatrics recommends asking yourself these questions to see if this treatment is right for you.

What’s your weight loss history?

Have you spent a long time struggling and failing to lose weight? Sometimes, diet and exercise alone are no match for long-term weight loss, especially if you have many pounds to lose.

If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to reach and maintain a healthy weight, and you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40, gastric sleeve surgery can help you achieve the results you’ve been looking for. Dr. Carlton also recommends this procedure if you have a BMI of 30 to 39.9, along with a weight-related health problem.

How’s your health?

Carrying excess fat puts your health at risk, increasing your chances of complications, like:

Along with helping you lose weight, gastric sleeve surgery can often significantly improve or cure many of these health problems.

Are you ready for a long-term commitment?

It’s easy to assume that gastric sleeve surgery is a magic bullet when it comes to weight loss. However, you have to make permanent lifestyle changes to maintain your results, including closely monitoring the food you eat. 

A gastric sleeve procedure may reduce the size of your stomach, but it can still stretch out again to hold larger quantities of food. As a result, the long-term success of your procedure relies on your commitment to creating and maintaining new and healthy habits, while also stopping behaviors that led to unwanted weight gain in the past. 

How’s your mental health?

It turns out your weight can actually be closely associated with your mental health. So, if you have a history of certain conditions, you may have a hard time maintaining long-term results from gastric bypass surgery.

Common mental health conditions associated with obesity include:

To ensure success, Dr. Carlton might recommend postponing your surgery until these issues receive proper treatment.

If you want to shed those unwanted pounds once and for all, our team can help you find the perfect weight loss solution. Contact one of our convenient LoneStar Bariatrics locations in Frisco or Richardson, Texas, by calling or requesting an appointment online today.

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