Gastric Sleeve Surgery
A healthier, more comfortable future awaits you. Learn how gastric sleeve surgery has changed the lives of thousands of obese people and allowed them to regain control of their lives.
What is a Gastric Sleeve?
Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy procedure, is a bariatric surgery that enhances weight loss efforts by reducing the capacity of the stomach, thereby reducing the amount of food the stomach is able to hold. During this type of weight loss surgery, the stomach is divided length-wise into a narrow, cylindrical sleeve while the digestive tract is left intact.
The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is often recommended for individuals that have a very high BMI and may not be good candidates for other forms of bariatric surgery.
The Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure
For many patients, the sleeve gastrectomy procedure can be performed laparoscopically, which is a minimally invasive technique that uses tiny incisions through which specialized surgical tools can be inserted. The laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure can provide reduced scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery compared to traditional, open forms of bariatric surgery.
Your bariatric surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions concerning preparation and diet leading up to the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. In some cases, patients are required to begin losing weight before undergoing bariatric surgery to reduce complications during the procedure. This bariatric operation is performed in a hospital setting, and patients should expect to be under a general anesthetic during the procedure.
During the gastric sleeve procedure, your bariatric surgeon will remove a portion of the stomach. The remaining portion of the stomach is shaped like a hose or a tube, and is able to hold about 15% of the amount of food that the stomach would have held previously. The portion of the stomach that is removed is responsible for secreting ghrelin, which is a hormone that stimulates hunger. By removing this hunger hormone, it becomes much easier to control appetite and lose weight.
Though the stomach is reduced, the stomach opening and digestive tract is not altered, which reduces the risk of complications during digestion following the procedure, including the risk of anemia, osteoporosis and vitamin deficiency that may be associated with other forms of bariatric surgery.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Risks
While all surgical procedures carry some risks, the gastric sleeve procedure is associated with fewer risks than other, more invasive forms of bariatric surgery. Unlike the LAP-BAND procedure, during the sleeve gastrectomy a portion of the stomach is removed and so it is not a reversible procedure.
Obesity – Explain the obesity epidemic, stats, etc.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention labels obesity as public enemy number one. According to their research, in 2009-2010, more than one-third of U.S. adults 35.7 % were obese.
Their studies also demonstrates that obese individuals have a higher risk for the following conditions:
- Cancers * Hypertension
- Coronary Heart Disease * Liver and gallbladder problems
- Dyslipidemia * Osteoarthritis
- Gynecological problems * Type II diabetes
Life after Bariatric Surgery
We offer a monthly support group that is moderated by our Nutritionist to help patient who are pre and post-surgery to discuss a specific topic that is related to the surgery or change in lifestyle. There is also time for open discussion, whether it be questions or ideas to share.