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Weight loss after tube stomach operation: deepening and expansion


1. Introduction:

The tubular stomach surgery (also known as sleeve gastrectomy) is a bariatric procedure used for weight loss in severe overweight and obesity. The operation leads to a reduction in the stomach, which reduces food intake and achieves a feeling of satiety faster.

2. Long-term results:

a) Weight maintenance:

After the initial weight loss in the first 1-2 years, it is important to maintain the weight achieved. This requires:

  • A long-term change in eating habits:
    • Renunciation of high-calorie foods: e.g. B. Fast food, sweets, sugary drinks.
    • Increased consumption of:
      • Fruit and vegetables.
      • Whole grain products.
      • Lean Protein.
  • Regular exercise:
    • Recommendation: At least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week.
    • Examples:
      • Hiking.
      • Swimming.
      • Cycling.

b) Studies show:

  • Long-term data (5-10 years after the operation):
    • 80-90% of patients: Keep the initial weight loss of 50-60% of overweight.
    • Better results: In patients who adhere to the dietary recommendations and exercise regularly.

3. Influence on health:

a) Improvement of concomitant diseases:

  • High blood pressure:
    • Normalization of blood pressure: In 70-80% of cases after surgery.
    • Reduction of medication intake: In many cases possible.
  • Diabetes type 2:
    • Remission: In 50-70% of cases after the operation.
    • Improvement of blood sugar control: In most cases.
  • Sleep apnea:
    • Improvement or complete elimination: In 80-90% of cases.

b) Increased quality of life:

  • Improvement of physical performance:
    • Less pain and fatigue.
    • Increase in endurance.
  • Improvement of mental health:
    • Reduction of depression and anxiety disorders.
    • Increase in self-esteem.

4. Comparison with other bariatric procedures:

a) Stomach bypass:

  • More complex intervention:
    • Two surgical steps:
      • Stomach reduction.
      • Bypassing a part of the small intestine.
    • Longer hospital stay.
    • Higher risk of complications.

b) Sleeve Gastrectomy vs. Stomach bypass:

  • Choice of intervention:
    • Individually after a detailed consultation by a bariatric surgeon.
    • Factors:
      • Body weight.
      • Concomitant diseases.
      • Patient preferences.


5. Risks and complications:

a) Early complications:

  • Bleeding.
  • Infections.
  • Leaks.

b) Late complications:

  • Vitamin and mineral deficiency:
    • Regular supplementation: To avoid deficiency symptoms.
  • Reflux disease:
    • Change in diet and medication: To relieve the symptoms.
  • Hair loss:
    • Temporary: In most cases.

c) Minimization of risks:

  • Selection of an experienced surgeon.
  • Participation in a follow-up examination.

6. Tips for patients:

a) Preparation for the operation:

  • Information about the risks and benefits of the procedure.
  • Change of diet and exercise:
    • Weight loss: Can improve the course of the operation.
    • Promotion of recovery: After the operation.

b) Nutrition after the operation:

  • Follow the instructions of your doctor and nutritionist.
  • Small meals:
    • More often distributed throughout the day.
    • Well chewed.
  • Avoidance of:
    • To greasy and sweet food.
    • Carbonated drinks.

c) Physical activity:

  • Regular exercise:
    • Important for weight loss and general health.

7. Psychosocial aspects

a) Emotional challenges:

  • Adaptation to the new life situation:
    • Challenges:
      • Dealing with the changed body image.
      • Coping with stress and anxiety.
      • Maintaining motivation.
  • Support by:
    • Psychotherapy.
    • Self-help groups.
    • Family and friends.

b) Improvements:

  • Increase in self-esteem:
    • Through weight loss and improvement of health.
    • Positive effects on social life and professional career.

8. Summary:

The tube stomach surgery is an effective and long-term procedure for weight loss in severe overweight and obesity. In addition to improving physical health, the operation can also lead to an increase in quality of life and self-esteem.

This information is for general information purposes only and in no way replaces medical advice. Please contact us for more information about sleeve gastrectomy and to discuss whether it is suitable for you.

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