As a weight loss surgery, sleeve gastrectomy is exceptionally effective.* This type of bariatric surgery has been performed a countless number of times with great recovery and success.* It can be the best choice for patients who don’t have as much weight loss to achieve, for patients who are older or for who more invasive surgery is riskier.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a good choice for:
- Patients who are less than 75 pounds overweight and who are experiencing an obesity-related health issue like heart disease, sleep apnea, or Type 2 diabetes
- Patients who are more than 100 pounds overweight and have no major health-related issues
This particular surgery can also be the first in a two-part process for extremely obese patients, allowing them to lose enough weight that will ensure the second part of the surgery process, a gastric bypass or duodenal switch, goes smoothly.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is done with several small incisions and is completed in about an hour. The surgeon will divide the stomach vertically to create a long, thin pouch—the sleeve. Once the sleeve has been established, about 80 percent of the remaining stomach is then permanently removed.
The operation works for weight loss by allowing just a fraction of the amount of food the patient would normally eat to pass through. Removing the remaining stomach also results in hormone changes that suppress feelings of hunger, keep blood sugar under better control, and help retain the sensation of fullness.
Because the surgery is minimally invasive, patients will have lower risk of wound infection and shorter hospital stays when compared to other surgeries. They will experience less pain, need less pain medication, have a faster recovery time and enjoy a quicker return to their normal, daily activities.
The average weight loss patient who has undergone a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy will lose more than 50 percent of their excess weight, up to as much as 75 percent. Weight loss maintenance of 50 percent or more can also be expected, although results do vary. These results will be optimal when the patient is able to follow a nutrition plan and follow an exercise plan.
Stomach function is also unchanged by retaining the pylorus, a valve that acts as a natural band, allowing food to stay in the stomach, aiding in a feeling of fullness while food slowly empties out. And, because the bowel has also been allowed to remain unchanged, side effects such as dumping and marginal ulcers don’t become an issue. There will also be less chance of vitamin and mineral deficiency because food will still follow the normal digestive route.
Additionally, because this surgery does not use bands or clips, there will be fewer office visits post-operatively.
For more information about laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and to find out whether or not you are a candidate, contact us today.