Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or “sleeve”, is one of the newest, and most quickly growing, weight loss procedures in the United States. The sleeve procedure removes about 85% of the stomach and generates weight loss* by reducing appetite and promoting satiety, as well as producing hormonal changes in the gut. *results may vary
What to Expect After Vertical Sleeve Surgery
The resulting stomach is about the size of a banana after the surgery has been performed. What makes the sleeve gastrectomy especially appealing is that it avoids the potential long-term problems associated with other weight loss procedures while providing excellent results. Vertical Sleeve weight loss surgery is safer than gastric bypass and yields the same results.
How is the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Performed?
With this procedure, restriction of the stomach is accomplished by dividing, stapling and removing more than 85% of the existing stomach. The remaining part of the stomach is long and narrow, much like a shirt sleeve. Since the intestines are not touched, the functioning of the stomach remains the same meaning that the nutritional elements of food can still be absorbed, but the volume of food that can be eaten is drastically reduced.
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is not just a quick fix for obesity or obesity related health conditions, it’s a lifestyle change. After any kind of weight loss surgery it is imperative that you eat healthy foods, control portion sizes of what you eat, and exercise. If you do not follow the regimen that your patient advocate sets for you, you may have complications from the surgery and poor weight loss results.
Who Is A Candidate for this Weight Loss Surgery?
Western Bariatric Institute offers this procedure to patients who meet the criteria established by the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Patients are considered candidates if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 35 and suffer from any health condition related to obesity, or have a BMI exceeding 40. Check your BMI here.
Watch our online seminar to learn more about the sleeve and the other procedures we offer, as well as an animation of the procedures that can be performed by Western Bariatric Institute.