Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy has the fewest side effects of weight reduction surgery. Lose up to lose 55% to 70% of your excess weight.
What is the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?
The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (also known as the Greater Curve Gastrectomy, Vertical Gastrectomy, or, simply, the “Sleeve“) is a weight loss surgery that removes approximately 80% of the stomach, leaving a small tube or “sleeve” behind. Because the nerves to the stomach remain intact, and the opening of the stomach (pylorus) into the intestine is still in place, the net result has the fewest side effects of weight reduction surgery. This surgery has a restrictive component, because the stomach volume is reduced to between one and five ounces. The result is that, with a minimum amount of food, you, the patient, will feel full very quickly and subsequently reduce your food intake. More importantly, the portion of the stomach that is removed secretes ghrelin and other “hunger hormones” responsible for appetite; by removing this part, one’s appetite is reduced, further significantly contributing to weight loss.
What are the advantages of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Because the essential anatomy of the stomach is maintained, there are none of the complications of some of the other weight loss surgeries, such as decreased absorption of essential vitamins, ulcer disease (present in up to 5% of Roux-en-Y patients) and dumping syndrome (where food with high sugar content can cause unpleasant symptoms such as pain, nausea, flushing, and diarrhea because of too rapid release into the intestines). The pylorus (the natural opening of the stomach into the small intestine) continues to release food slowly from the stomach. The sleeve also avoids device type complications such as erosions, tubing issues or slips associated with gastric banding procedures.
What can you expect after Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Dr. Hamn and Dr. Cribbins have significant experience with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies. They use advanced laparoscopic or robotic equipment and are guided by a video camera introduced into the abdomen. None of the incisions used is greater than half an inch in diameter, resulting in quicker healing than open procedures, and, typically, most patients can go home after one day. Return to work and normal activities usually occurs within a few days to a week. If your occupation requires heavy manual labor, expect about two weeks before full activity can be resumed.
What sort of weight loss can I expect with a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?
While everyone’s experience will differ, you can expect to lose 55% to 70% of your excess weight.
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