Gastric Sleeve / Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
The gastric sleeve is currently the most popular weight loss surgery in the United States and today may be performed with robotic-assist at Texas Health Rockwall.
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How It Works:
The gastric sleeve is a surgical weight loss procedure that permanently removes approximately 75-80% of the stomach. This laparoscopic procedure makes the sleeve long and tubular, resembling a “banana shape” allowing the stomach to remain intact with no part of the intestine modified or bypassed.
The sleeve benefits patients by removing the fundus of the stomach, which produces much of the “appetite hormone” ghrelin. As a result, patients receive additional help suppressing their hunger or appetite.
As with all surgical procedures, there is a degree of risk which may be exacerbated by poor health due to obesity.
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Results of the Gastric Sleeve:
Excess weight loss in the average patient ranges from 50 to 75%, and almost all patients will see an improvement or elimination of type II diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
While the gastric sleeve offers more modest weight loss rates versus the gastric bypass, long-term excess weight loss and maintenance is almost the same.
Amelia’s Gastric Sleeve Story
Benefits of the Gastric Sleeve:
- Lower incidence of long-term complications compared to gastric bypass surgery
- Excess weight loss results are exceptional
- Obesity-related disease improvement rates are excellent
- No implants as with gastric banding
- Performed laparoscopically, and with robotic assist in some cases, which means less pain, less blood, generally fewer initial complications and a short hospital stay
- Less maintenance compared to the gastric band
After Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Typically, the sleeve requires an overnight stay, a day shorter than the gastric bypass and longer than gastric banding (an outpatient procedure). Once home, patients will limit strenuous activities according to their postoperative guidelines. Most patients return to work within 2-3 weeks and normal activities within 6 weeks, with surgeon approval.
Gastric sleeve patients take a multi-vitamin supplement for the rest of their lives and follow a diet and exercise program that combines moderation and nutritional balance.
Our program’s approach is to re-educate the patient in order to adapt to the new post-surgery lifestyle. Food budgeting, exercise, vitamins, portion control, speed at which one eats, and behavior modifications will be important lessons and topics during your visits and support sessions.
Learn more by scheduling a consultation with our office. Our goal is to offer the information and support that you need to make informed weight loss decisions. We look forward to helping you.
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