Gastric Sleeve

Why the Gastric Sleeve Can Help You Finally Control Your Obesity and Achieve Your Ideal Body

Another option is the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. Over the past few years it has gained popularity as a choice with individuals seeking Bariatric Surgery, especially since the digestive tract anatomy is not altered, only the stomach itself. Typical weight loss with the sleeve is fifty percent of excess body weight within a few months’ post-surgery.

What is a Gastric Sleeve?

Sleeve Gastrectomy – commonly known as Gastric Sleeve, this is a procedure that involves dividing and stapling the stomach vertically. This removes about 85% of the stomach and the remaining pouch, or sleeve, is about the size of a banana. It makes you feel full when you eat by making your stomach smaller. It restricts the amount of food you can eat and allows for normal digestion and absorption. this procedure results in weight loss by restriction the amount of food that can be eaten. In this weight loss procedure, the stomach is divided vertically with 75-85 percent of it being removed. It is functionally like a lap band; however, a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy doesn’t require fills and the patient typically experiences a greater weight loss. A Gastric Sleeve is not reversible, however, and patients should not consider this option if they are looking for a reversible solution.

Patients looking for cosmetic results may be interested in a Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve Surgery (SILS). This laparoscopic method utilizes only a single-entry port, typically located in the patient’s navel, leaving only a single small scar. Patients with a BMI under 40 who have not had previous gastric surgery may be a candidate for this method.

With the VSG, the stomach is divided vertically and eighty five percent of it is removed. This part of the procedure is not reversible.

The nerves to the stomach and the outlet valve (pylorus) remain intact to preserve normal stomach function. The major change is reducing the stomach’s volume. There is no intestinal bypass with this procedure, only stomach reduction. The procedure is appropriate for both low and very high BMI patients.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is not a quick fix for obesity. It will greatly change your lifestyle. You must eat healthy foods, control portion sizes of what you eat, and exercise after this surgery. If you do not follow these measures, you may have complications from the surgery and poor weight loss.

Following Gastric Sleeve Surgery, food continues to move through the digestive system naturally, from the time it enters the stomach to the time it is released into the small intestine through the pyloric valve. The primary difference is that after surgery the amount of food that can be eaten at any one time is greatly reduced.

The surgery also helps to control hunger, reduce appetite, and improve satiety, as the upper portion of the stomach that produces the hunger stimulating hormone Ghrelin is removed during surgery. This procedure cannot be reversed once it has been done.

Are You a Good Candidate for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

To qualify for Gastric Sleeve Surgery, you must:

  • Be over age 18
  • Patients with a BMI over 35 or a BMI over 30 with Metabolic Syndrome (Hypertension, diabetes, Dyslipidemia) are good candidates for gastric bypass.
  • Have tried to lose weight through exercise and diet modification
  • Be committed to making the necessary lifestyle changes
  • Length of Procedure: 1.5 hours
  • Average Hospital Stay: 2 nights
  • Recommended Time Off Work: 1 -2 weeks
  • Typical Weight Loss: 85 – 90% of excess weight in 2 years

If you want to lose those unhealthy extra unwanted pounds, Gastric Bypass Surgery is the fastest and most effective option. Contact us today at 844.461.2831. Our friendly, knowledgeable coordinators will be happy to answer your questions and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Alejandro Lopez. During this visit, he will provide you with a comprehensive exam, discuss your weight loss options, and review the benefits of the procedure so that you can reach your ideal weight in 2017.