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As explained by the doctor David Molina Garciacoordinator of the Unit ‘la gastric sleeve it is one of the surgical techniques that we perform and that has a high success rate’. Weight loss in patients undergoing a gastric sleeve or stomach reduction is considered successful when the patient loses 50% of their remaining weight during the first year after the intervention. ‘Practically all of our patients reach this figure’ declares Dr. Molina.
This surgery reduces the stomach and consequently also reduces the levels of the hormone ‘ghrelin’ responsible for stimulating hunger and regulating appetite, and which is produced in the gastric fundus. It is for this reason that after the intervention the patient experiences a considerable reduction in his appetite and it is easier for him to comply with the nutritional guidelines set by the nutrition specialist. ‘On considerable occasions, many patients affected by anxiety towards food see how it is reduced after the intervention, and this is due to the decrease in this hormone,’ points out the specialist.
The multidisciplinary composition of the Obesity Unit allows a complete assessment of the obese patient as the ideal candidate to undergo a surgical intervention of this type. The different professionals involved, surgeon, endocrinologist, psychologist, anesthetist and nutritionist are responsible for determining the suitability of the intervention. ‘The figure of the psychologist is fundamental within the Unit’ explains doctor Molina, ‘because we need to rule out that the patient in question has any psychiatric pathology that contraindicates the intervention, as well as verify that the patient is aware of the radical change that is going to happen suppose for his life this surgery’.
The results of undergoing a gastric sleeve are experienced by the patient at all levels: reduction of arterial hypertension associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus as well as sleep apnea. On the other hand, there is a notable improvement in terms of mobility, agility, acquisition of new routines based on healthy habits, improvement in self-esteem, self-perception and personal motivations that did not exist prior to the intervention.
Finally, the specialist concludes ‘it is very important for the patient to acquire new eating routines, both in terms of amounts and types of food consumed, which begin to change in the preoperative period and which will be followed up by the nutritionist for 18 months after surgery. surgery’. Of course, the practice of sport is fundamental for the consolidation of results.
Quironsalud is the leading hospital group in Spain and, together with its parent company Fresenius-Helios, also in Europe. In addition to its activity in Spain, Quirónsalud is also present in Latin America, particularly in Colombia and Peru. Together, it has more than 45,000 professionals in more than 180 health centers, including 58 hospitals with more than 8,000 hospital beds. It has the most advanced technology and a great team of highly specialized professionals of international prestige.
Its centers include the Fundación Jiménez Díaz University Hospital, Teknon Medical Center, Ruber Internacional, Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital, Quirónsalud Barcelona Hospital, Dexeus University Hospital, Gipuzkoa Polyclinic, General University Hospital of Catalonia, Quirónsalud Sagrado Corazón Hospital, etc.
The Group works to promote teaching (eight of its hospitals are university hospitals) and medical-scientific research (it has the FJD Health Research Institute, accredited by the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation).
Likewise, its care service is organized into transversal units and networks that allow optimization of the experience accumulated in the different centers and the clinical translation of its research. Currently, Quirónsalud is developing a multitude of research projects throughout Spain and many of its centers carry out cutting-edge work in this field, being pioneers in different specialties such as oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, gynecology and neurology, among others.