Chronic Fatigue? Gastric Sleeve May Be the Answer

Chronic Fatigue? Gastric Sleeve May Be the Answer

Your weight plays a role in all aspects of your health, including your energy levels. If you’re struggling to manage chronic fatigue but aren’t able to lose weight on your own, you might be a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery.

At OakBend Medical Group, our bariatric surgeons Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, Steven M. Thomas, MD, FACS, and Genna Lubrano, MD, specialize in gastric sleeve surgery to help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

The link between obesity and chronic fatigue

Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for several health conditions that contribute to excessive sleepiness and chronic fatigue. These conditions can include:

Excess weight can also negatively impact your hormone levels. Hormones are the chemical messengers of your body that regulate many of its functions, including your metabolism and energy levels.

Because the combination of persistent fatigue and weight challenges can make weight loss especially difficult, our providers may recommend gastric sleeve surgery as part of your treatment plan.

How gastric sleeve surgery helps you lose weight

Gastric sleeve is a type of bariatric surgery that supports significant and safe weight loss. Our surgeons remove about nine-tenths of your stomach and form a small, banana-shaped sleeve with the remaining portion.

The goal of surgery is to reduce the size of your stomach to limit how much food you can eat. Surgery also reduces your appetite because the part of your stomach we remove is responsible for producing appetite-stimulating hormones.

By eating smaller, nutritious meals, you can lose weight quickly. Gastric sleeve surgery also requires you to make lifelong changes to your diet and lifestyle habits, so you can maintain your results in the long term.

Postsurgical fatigue after gastric sleeve surgery

While you will eventually see an increase in your energy levels and an improvement in your overall health as you recover, you may continue to feel fatigued in the weeks after weight loss surgery.

Our bariatric surgeons carefully monitor your postsurgical recovery. Until your body adjusts to the effects of surgery, you may experience decreased energy levels due to deficiencies of iron, B12, and other essential nutrients.

We provide recommendations for vitamins and other dietary supplements you will take to support your health. As you continue with your recovery and begin losing weight, you can expect your energy to return.

Daily exercise, high-quality sleep, and other lifestyle strategies will also increase your energy levels while supporting safe, lasting weight loss.

Are you a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery isn’t right for everyone. At OakBend Medical Group, we offer comprehensive health evaluations to ensure you can tolerate surgery and anesthesia.

If you’re not a candidate for gastric sleeve, our surgeons also provide other types of weight loss surgeries, including gastric balloon and gastric bypass surgery.

Our customized weight loss services help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain them for the rest of your life.

Call OakBend Medical Group in Richmond, Texas, to learn more about treating chronic fatigue with gastric sleeve surgery, or book an appointment online today. 

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