Gastric Sleeve Surgery Helps Patients Shed More Than Pounds

Dr. Mustafa Ahmed

Sleeve gastrectomy, typically a laparoscopic procedure that shapes the stomach into a much smaller tube-like “sleeve,” is increasingly helping with long-term weight loss that can’t be achieved through dieting alone – offering patients a way to address other serious health problems.

A diamond, so the saying goes, is forever. Unfortunately, apparently so are fat cells – whose numbers seem only to increase. And sticking around creates growing problems. “It’s not fair,” observes Dr. Mustafa Ahmed, MD and founder of Southern Nevada Bariatrics, “but – like snowballs rolling downhill – as pounds get added, they create bigger and bigger obstacles to being healthy, which requires not just losing weight but being able to keep that weight off.”

Sleeve gastrectomy, typically a laparoscopic procedure that shapes the stomach into a much smaller tube-like “sleeve,” is increasingly helping with long-term weight loss that can’t be achieved through dieting alone – offering patients a way to address other serious health problems.

“We need to reframe our perspective about weight-loss surgery versus diet alone,” explains Dr. Ahmed. “The reality is that the deck is stacked against successful dieters, who put in a lot of time and effort to lose weight. But afterwards they have to work much, much harder than the person who hasn’t had to diet. So we hear about the ‘yo-yo’ effect. But it’s not simply about self-control. It’s about how a ‘successful’ diet can cause negative metabolic changes that ultimately work against the individual and result in gaining back the weight that was lost.”

And regaining weight is a deadly serious issue.

“Excess weight is life threatening,” Dr. Ahmed emphasizes, pointing to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer, as well as loss of self-esteem and depression. “Sleeve gastrectomy – often called ‘gastric sleeve’ – can help people actually maintain weight loss.”

According to the non-profit American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), weight-loss operations can reduce obesity-related deaths by as much as 89 percent. Sleeve gastrectomy, the group reports, stands at the forefront of…

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