Can the Stomach Grow Back After Having Gastric Sleeve

When it comes to bariatric surgical options, people know one thing for sure, they are beneficial. Not only do these help in losing weight and kickstarting a healthy lifestyle, but they can also potentially improve your overall health. However, there are also some questions and concerns that linger in people’s minds regarding bariatric surgeries. But they never get a chance to ask the experts. One of the top concerns is; does the stomach grow back after a gastric sleeve surgery? And if it does, what are the consequences?

In today’s article, we’ll try to answer your concerns and questions regarding gastric sleeve surgery.

What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

A gastric sleeve surgery or a laparoscopic vertical gastrectomy is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a large portion of the patient’s stomach. After the removal, the stomach is stitched back into a small size keeping the patient from consuming larger meals. When the stomach size is reduced, the stomach starts producing lesser hunger hormones. This, in turn, limits the patient’s appetite.

Is It Possible For The Stomach To Grow Back After The Surgery?

After the surgery, when the patient starts eating, they can consume a certain amount of food. When they overeat, the stomach starts stretching to consume the extra food. It’s worth remembering that anytime anyone eats, their stomach expands to digest the food. However, when a patient eats past their fullness, they force the stomach to expand more than its size after the surgery.

Stomach stretching beyond the normal also messes up your brain. It starts believing that you need more food to reach fullness. Another aspect of stomach stretching is that it’s not a one-time thing. Occasional overeating doesn’t cause stomach stretching. However, overeating, again and again, does that and causes problems for you. For instance, the stretching of the stomach doesn’t make you gain weight but changing your conscious fullness gauge does.

How To Prevent Weight Gain

Following the tips below can save you from stretching your stomach; weight gain and also help you stay on track:

  • Make sure you always check the amount of food you put in your stomach. You must remember that you are now limited to smaller meals and larger meals, even if they are healthy, can prove to be harmful to your weight loss journey. Remember, treating yourself to a snack or a sweet is healthier for you than consuming a large healthy meal.
  • Don’t drink and eat at the same time. Drink water half hour before your meals and one hour after your meals. You can’t fill your stomach up with both water and food simultaneously.
  • Eat more. Yes, to keep your metabolic rate fast, you must eat smaller, frequent meals. Just don’t forget to keep them smaller.

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