Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or “sleeve”, is one of the newest weight loss procedures and is the fastest growing procedure in the United States. The sleeve procedure removes about 85 percent 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 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.
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.
Who Is A Candidate for a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy?
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 over 40. Check your BMI
Watch our online seminar to learn more about the sleeve and the other procedures we offer and to watch an animation of the procedures.