Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
14 Aug 2023

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    When you’re curious especially about the surgery, it is natural to do some research, right? As long as you support your thoughts of yours with professional help, it’s fine to do some research about the surgical journey.

    If you’re getting or thinking about gastric sleeve surgery,  it’s natural that you may have some questions in your mind such as duration, steps, preparing for surgery, what to do before & after, etc.

    This article will provide you with FAQs about gastric sleeve surgery, expectations, a mini guide, and more.

    Can I Have Gastric Sleeve Surgery If I Have Gastritis?

    The answer to this answer is: it depends. The condition of the patient affects the whole surgery process. First of all, the severity of gastritis plays a crucial role in deciding the surgery since the severity and situation of gastritis can cause side effects or complications after the surgery. You should consult your surgeon further.

    Can You Donate Blood After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

    The answer to the donation of blood after gastric sleeve surgery is: yes, but you need to wait. You can donate blood after a certain time of the surgery, but in some cases, some adjustments such as regular check-ups may be needed. In these regular check-ups, the blood and the overall health situation of the patient need to be checked to learn the eligibility for the donation.

    Can You Get Pregnant After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

    The answer to this question is simple: yes. But as mentioned previously, some considerations need to be revised. The hormonal condition of the body needs to be researched to learn whether your body is ready or not for pregnancy. And, please note that you need a certain amount of time to recover from the surgery.

    What Are Gastric Sleeve Surgery Side Effects?

    Of course, you would want to learn about the side effects of gastric sleeve surgery. It’s like learning the benefits of the surgery. To sum up, the side effects can be listed as:

    • Nausea and vomiting: Since your body would try to adopt the new form of the stomach, you may feel nausea and vomit after the first weeks of the surgery.
    • Nutritional deficiency: As mentioned, the stomach would try to adopt the new form and this may result in a deficiency in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, etc.

    How Long Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Take?

    The duration of the gastric sleeve surgery depends on the patient’s health condition, anatomy, additional diseases, the experience of the surgeon and their team, etc. But mostly, it takes one or two hours to complete gastric sleeve surgery. In some cases, it may be shorter or longer. You can consult your surgeon to learn about duration, in case you want to let your family or friends know about postoperative care after the surgery.

    How Much Gastric Sleeve Surgery Recovery Time?

    The gastric sleeve recovery time depends on the surgery and patient - it can be said it varies, but there is no certain answer to this question exists. Adopting life after surgery may be challenging at first, but as long as you follow the surgeon’s instructions, it would become easier. You will be monitored after the surgery and stay at the hospital. 

    It may be difficult to adopt a new stomach for the first week - both for you and your body. However, within 2-4 weeks, you would start gaining your energy. After 1 month, you may return to your daily activities. Please follow regular check-up appointments and use the medications as prescribed by your surgeon.

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