The innovation of weight loss through various years of research takes us to the highest standard. At Clinic 360 this is the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, primarily acknowledged as the Gastric Sleeve procedure. Many are unaware of the minimal amount of “cutting” involved. Surgeons create very little incisions around the stomach and enter the stomach laparoscopically, whereby a very thin tube is inserted. This safe, effective, and affordable procedure not only enhances the physical exterior of your body, but interiorly, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy has been proven to lower cholesterol, control/remission for Type II diabetes, lower blood pressure, control sleep apnea, lessen joint pain, and overall provide an individual with a higher quality of life. The procedure is accomplished under General Anesthesia for your comfort, and our highly skilled surgeons retract part of your stomach, to better control your food intake. A sleeve is created and the remaining part of the stomach is removed.
The booking process
The initial step is booking a free consultation. This can be achieved over the phone with our highly trained surgeons, or at our clinic. In this step, the surgeon(s) will determine what course of action should be taken to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle while also achieving your weight loss goals.
Following this, once you feel comfortable and confident in the diagnosis from the doctors and you are a viable candidate for the Gastric Sleeve procedure, a surgery date can be secured.
Once your date is secured there are a few things that need to be completed by you. You would need to:
- Review and complete the provided consent forms
- Fill out a patient health questionnaire
- Get bloodwork and an ECG done at your local lab
- Book a pre-op appointment with the anesthesiologist
- Book an appointment with our nutritionist
The pre-operative appointment is done with the Anesthesiologist so that he/she can get a better understanding of your medical history. At Clinic 360 we want to address all and any health concerns that may come up, to ensure you receive a comfortable and at most, pain free experience.
The appointment with the nutritionist is important as it becomes the stepping stone to help with the adjustments which are going to be made in your diet. Figuring out what foods you will be comfortable with and what kind of diet will best help your weight loss journey are vital.
Surgery in a nutshell
The Gastric Sleeve procedure is completed under General Anesthesia, meaning you will be put to sleep. The surgeon(s) will mark the incision sites pre-operatively forming a ‘U’ shape around your abdomen. These incision sites are very miniscule, leaving the scars to be almost invisible. The surgeon(s) enter the stomach laparoscopically using trocars. A camera is inserted through one of the trocars, this allows them to have a visual of the stomach through a video monitor and to precisely guide other instruments. Other instruments are then inserted through the other trocars for the removal and stapling of the stomach. They remove more than half of the original stomach, leaving a sleeve-like portion, very similar looking to a banana.
What to expect?
As the Gastric Sleeve procedure brings about many lifestyle changes, following surgery you are to stay overnight at our Clinic so that our professionally trained individuals can monitor you and your progress accordingly. Once you are released from the clinic, this is where the real work begins! Patients will be on a post-operative diet following surgery and work together with the nutritionist towards a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. It’s important to follow the post-op instructions as it helps patients transition back to eating regular meals and decreases the chance of complications during the recovery stage.
Within the first year to 18 months after surgery patients are expected to see the most results, which include:
- Dramatic Weight Loss
- Reduced Cholesterol
- Reduced Blood Pressure
- Control/Remission for Type II Diabetes
- Controls Sleep Apnea
- Decreases Joint/Muscle pain
- Overall Better Quality of life