Sleeve gastrectomy surgery in Leeds
At Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital, our unique treatment package offers you complete support before, during and on your journey after weight loss surgery. Read more…
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Why choose Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital for my sleeve gastrectomy?
At Yorkshire's largest private hospital, our bariatric surgeons have performed over 5,000 successful operations and form one of the most experienced bariatric teams in the UK.
Located in the heart of Leeds, our modern hospital allows our expert surgeons and nurses to provide the highest standards of treatment. We take a holistic and personal approach to patient care.
Weight loss surgery is a life-changing operation, so we want to make sure you have dedicated expert support throughout your journey.
We offer a comprehensive treatment package that includes:
- End-to-end support from your chosen bariatric specialist surgeon
- Patient collection and drop off service to and from the hospital
- Nutritional advice from a Nuffield Health dietician
- Lifestyle and behavioural change support from a Nuffield Health psychologist
- A 3-month membership at your local Nuffield Health gym to support a healthy lifestyle.
A sleeve gastrectomy differs from other bariatric treatments as food enters the new stomach pouch/tube and then follows a normal route versus bypassing the digestive tract. As a result, there are no absorption issues with a sleeve gastrectomy. The aim of sleeve gastrectomy is that you feel full sooner and therefore eat less food.
What happens during and after a sleeve gastrectomy operation?
- This weight loss operation is performed laparoscopically under general anaesthetic
- It usually takes between 2 - 4 hours
- Your bariatric surgeon will make several small incisions (cuts) in your abdomen (stomach)
- They then insert a viewing tube with a small camera (laparoscope) and other tiny instruments into these small incisions to remove part of your stomach
- The tube-shaped stomach that is left is sealed closed with staples
- It is important to note: unlike some other procedures, sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible
- You will be taken to a recovery area following your operation
- Our healthcare team will monitor your blood pressure and heart rate
- You will be given pain relief medication
- You may have small drains (tubes) in your wounds to drain away any excess fluid
- You may also have a catheter that drains urine from your bladder
- These will all be removed before your go home
- Once you are on a ward you will be encouraged to get up and move about slowly
- You will be on a liquid only diet for the remainder of your hospital stay
- Your stomach may feel bruised and sore
- Be sure and let us know if you are in any discomfort or pain
- Your stay in hospital will depend on your own situation but is likely to be 1-3 days.
- Discuss your discharge plan with your consultant in Leeds.
Going home after sleeve gastrectomy surgery
- You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to pick you up
- It is important that you follow all the dietary recommendations we give you
- You will need to remain on a liquid diet for several weeks progressing to soft, moist foods
- It may be 4 - 6 weeks before you can begin to eat solid food
- Once you are eating solid foods it will be important to maintain a healthy diet to aid in your continued weight loss
- Most patients return to normal activities within 2 - 4 weeks following sleeve gastrectomy surgery
- Discuss any plans to return to work and exercise with your weight loss consultant.
Although rare, as with any surgery there can be complications:
- Damage to internal organs
- Staple line bleeding
- Staple line leak or perforation of the stomach or bowel
- Nutritional deficiencies.
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