Decision Factors for Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve SurgeryLaparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most efficient types of surgery used in the treatment of obesity. However, like any other surgery, it is not for everyone.

It’s not that laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery is dangerous in any way. On the contrary, it is considered an ordinary procedure with negligible risk. Nevertheless, it’s advisable that you take a look at the following factors before deciding to have the surgery.

Why should you consider bariatric surgery?

1. You haven’t achieved the desired results with more traditional methods.

Our commitment to excellence at Bahamas Medical Center encourages us to offer the most modern equipment and the best-trained doctors in the area. At the same time, we never offer surgery as the first option. Weight-loss surgery is not to be taken lightly and it should only be considered after a patient hasn’t achieved results with more traditional methods, like healthy eating and exercise.

In fact, in order to have laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery, a patient needs to follow a regimen and an exercise plan. Otherwise, there could be serious complications during the surgery.

2. You have a body mass index equal or higher than 35 kg/m².

The body mass index, better known as BMI, is a measure for human body’s condition based on an individual’s mass and height. It is a more effective way of measuring than just weight alone because it takes into account the shape of the body and other factors.

The formula to calculate BMI is simple:

BMI = mass (kg)
(height (m))²

Or, you can just find a BMI calculator online. In any case, if your body weight is less than 35 kg/m², then you should probably try a different weight-loss approach before surgery.

If you are a woman who wants to get pregnant in the near future,
laparoscopic bariatric surgery may not be for you.

Weight-loss surgery is not magic. It takes a lot of time to prepare and some post-surgery care and discipline. Your body will be stressed for a while, albeit still under normal parameters. However, you will not be in a condition where you can have a baby. A pregnancy, even though it’s a normal phenomenon, requires considerable effort from your body.

The weight loss caused by the surgery may limit nutrients for your fetus and may put your life and your child’s life at risk. Moreover, your body may not have fully recovered and may not be able to offer the necessary flexibility needed for the pregnancy. Therefore, if you plan to have a baby within the following 2 years, it’s better to postpone the surgery.

Laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery is an extremely efficient way to achieve weight loss. As long as these and other patient-specific requirements are met, it’s a perfectly safe option. Practically all patients have seen amazing permanent improvements in their health and self-esteem.

Bahamas Medical Center invites you to explore the possibility of Laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery in the Bahamas with us. Not only do we have an outstanding, experienced surgical team, the Bahamas is a wonderful place to relax while you recuperate from surgery. Call us today and we will help you evaluate if this is the right surgery for you. We are also available to discuss costs and payment options.