Gastric sleeve conversion, often referred to as gastric sleeve revision, is a surgical procedure that involves converting a gastric bypass or other weight loss surgery into a sleeve gastrectomy. A gastric sleeve procedure removes a large portion of the stomach, leaving behind a narrow, tube-like structure.
The main reason for converting to a gastric sleeve is to address weight regain or other issues that may occur after a previous weight loss surgery. Some people may experience weight regain after a gastric bypass or other procedures due to improper diet or exercise habits, hormonal changes, or the body adapting to the surgery.
The gastric sleeve procedure may be recommended for individuals who have experienced significant weight regain after a previous weight loss surgery or are struggling to maintain their weight loss. It may also be an option for people who have experienced complications or negative side effects from a previous weight loss surgery.
The gastric sleeve procedure is typically performed laparoscopically, which means that it is done using small incisions and specialized surgical instruments. The surgery removes a large portion of the stomach, leaving behind a narrow, tube-like structure. This reduced stomach size helps to limit the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, which can help to facilitate weight loss.
Like any surgical procedure, gastric sleeve conversion carries risks and potential complications. These may include bleeding, infection, and reactions to anesthesia. There may also be risks associated with the specific type of weight loss surgery being converted, such as gastric bypass or duodenal switch.
It’s important for individuals considering a gastric sleeve conversion to weigh the potential risks and benefits of the procedure carefully. It’s also important to have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery and to understand that it is not a magic solution for weight loss. Successful weight loss after a gastric sleeve conversion often requires a combination of diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes.