Sleeve Gastrectomy Specialist

Rajan Chahal, MD

Bariatric Surgeon located in Newton, MA

Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of bariatric surgery that alters the size and shape of your stomach. For many men and women in and around Newton, Massachusetts, a sleeve gastrectomy performed by Rajan Chahal, MD, has allowed them to reach and maintain a healthy weight. If you’d like to learn more about this and other surgical solutions, attend a new patient seminar to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, then schedule a one-on-one consultation. Call the office today for more information.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Q & A

What is sleeve gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy, sometimes referred to as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical procedure that limits the capacity of your stomach and also improves metabolism. That means less food can be consumed and the calories burned more efficiently, helping you lose weight and improve your health.  

The procedure reduces the size of your stomach by around 80%, changing the shape to an elongated tube that’s close to the shape and size of a banana. Undergoing sleeve gastrectomy enables long-term weight loss.

How is sleeve gastrectomy performed?

The surgery is done laparoscopically, with incredibly thin medical instruments guided to the surgical site through very small incisions. This approach offers a lower risk of complications and likely a quicker recovery.

You’ll prepare for the procedure by working with Dr. Chahal to ensure any medications you’re taking won’t affect the surgery and that any medical conditions are properly managed. You’ll also chart a new diet and exercise plan for after your surgery. If you’re a smoker, it’s absolutely necessary that you quit before your procedure.

What happens after sleeve gastrectomy?

Once your surgery is done, you’ll need to follow a strict post-op diet as your body adjusts. Expect to come in for multiple follow up appointments to ensure the healing process is moving forward and your body is adapting well.

You may experience a combination of the following in the weeks after your procedure:

  • Dry skin
  • Sensation of being cold
  • Feeling more tired than normal
  • Hair thinning

If these or any other issues are disruptive, speak with Dr. Chahal about ways to treat or cope with these changes. Most issues resolve themselves within a few months of surgery.

Will my health improve after sleeve gastrectomy?

If your weight has contributed to health issues like hypertension, diabetes, or heart disease, you may notice significant changes as you move toward a healthier weight. While these changes are positive, it’s important to work with your primary physician to keep a close eye on your health.

You might need to alter your treatment path as your weight loss progresses. This could mean changing the dosage on certain medications or even ceasing some drug therapies altogether.

If you’re ready to learn more, come in for a new patient seminar to ask questions and explore the benefits of bariatric surgery. Call today for more information.