Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
What is it?
The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive surgical procedure that limits the volume of food intake necessary to make a patient feel full. The effectiveness of the sleeve comes from both changes in engineering, and hormonal modifications. By removing the stretchy part of the stomach, a patient feels full more quickly after eating a smaller amount of food. Removing the fundus of the stomach significantly decreases production of the appetite hormone, Ghrelin. The sleeve does not involve any rearrangement of the anatomy, nor is there any foreign object placement or malabsorption.
How is it done?
A thin tube-like sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device, and the rest of the stomach is removed. Removing some of the stomach limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner. It allows for normal digestion and absorption. Food consumed passes through the digestive tract as before surgery, allowing it to be fully absorbed in the body.
What should I expect?
Like any weight management procedure, the Sleeve Gastrectomy is a tool to help you have control over your appetite and over the amount of food you consume. You can expect to lose about 1-2 pounds per week over the course of a year, which translates to 50-100 pounds per year. If you do not change your eating and exercise habits this may be slower or you may risk regain of weight over time.
What is the surgery like?
Surgery takes approximately 45 minutes. This will vary based on your past surgical history and anatomy. The typical hospital stay is one night. This procedure is almost always done laparoscopically through three to five small incisions in the abdomen. Laparoscopic surgery usually results in a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures.
What kind of follow up will I need?
After surgery it is vital to your success to follow up with our office. Your will be asked to come in for a 2 week post-operative visit with the surgeon, and then a visit with the team at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and annually thereafter. Patients that follow up regularly tend to do the best with their weight loss outcomes.