How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Reduces Chronic Pain

If you’re limited in what you can do because of obesity and chronic pain, you may be an ideal candidate for gastric sleeve surgery. As an expert in gastric sleeve surgery, Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, can help you find relief from your chronic pain and improve your overall quality of life with this innovative procedure. 

The basics of gastric sleeve surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery involves the reshaping of your stomach to limit what you can eat and help you make permanent changes to your eating habits.

During the procedure, Dr. Reilly removes about nine-tenths of your stomach to create a much smaller pouch that resembles the shape of a banana.

Following your gastric sleeve surgery, you will only be able to tolerate small amounts of food while feeling fuller faster than before. This type of surgery also has an effect on the hormones that control your appetite, reducing your tendency to overeat. 

Why you’re in pain

Chronic pain is a side effect of many underlying health conditions, including obesity. When you’re not sustaining a healthy weight, your muscles and joints are under an increased amount of pressure, which causes their premature deterioration. This leaves you in chronic pain and limited in your mobility, which can make it difficult to work or stay active.

Following a poor diet and lack of daily exercise can also increase the likelihood you’ll experience frequent episodes of inflammation in your body, which can directly cause pain or lead to other health conditions, like inflammatory arthritis.

When your weight limits what you can do and prevents you from getting physical exercise, it’s likely you’ll gain even more weight and further complicate your health. 

Easing chronic pain with gastric sleeve surgery

When the damage of obesity is already noticeable on the body and your life is even more limited because of pain, gastric sleeve surgery can promote rapid weight loss needed to reduce pressure on your joints and the rest of your body.

Additionally, because you must make lifestyle and dietary modifications that focus on your health and wellness, you can keep painful inflammation at bay. These lifestyle changes become a permanent part of your routine, helping you boost your overall health and strengthen the muscles that support your joints and body weight. 

As you continue with your weight loss, it becomes much easier to exercise and stay with your recommended diet until you achieve an ideal body weight. In addition to relieving pain naturally, you can also benefit in other ways, such as reducing your risk factors for chronic diseases like:

Gastric sleeve surgery provides many benefits, which all have a significant impact on both your short-term and long-term health.

If you’re tired of struggling to lose weight consistently and need relief of the chronic pain that interferes with your quality of life, find out if you’re a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery.

To schedule a gastric sleeve consultation at West Houston Surgical Associates, contact the office by phone or request an appointment online now.

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