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Success won’t come easily, but with your dedication, determination and the help of gastric sleeve or gastric banding surgery, you can do it.
Gastric sleeve surgery, or sleeve gastrectomy, has quickly become a popular choice for patients interested in surgical weight loss. It is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure which permanently reduces the stomach by approximately 80 percent, limiting the total amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so you feel full sooner and stay full longer. As you eat less food, your body stops storing excess calories and starts using its fat supply for energy, resulting in weight loss.
During the procedure the surgeon creates five small incisions in the abdomen for the laparoscope camera and instrument. A large portion of the stomach is then detached with a special stapling device, leaving a thin vertical “sleeve” of stomach. The sleeve is about the size of a banana, and can hold between 50 to 150 milliliters of food and/or fluids. This allows you to eat less and still feel full. The excised portion of the stomach is then removed through a small band-aid sized incision in the abdomen. Most patients are able to go home after a two day hospital stay with minimal discomfort, and return to normal activities within a few weeks.
Clinical studies on gastric sleeve patients have shown the following improvements, on average:
- 55 percent total excess body weight lost
- 56 percent resolution or 37 percent improvement of type 2 diabetes
- 43 percent resolution of high cholesterol
- 49 percent resolution of high blood pressure
- 60 percent resolution of obstructive sleep apnea
Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
- Limits the amount of food that can be eaten during a meal
- Food passes through the digestive tract in the natural order, allowing vitamins and nutrients to be fully absorbed into the body
- No postoperative adjustments required
- In clinical studies, patients lost an average of 55 percent of their excess weight
Gastric banding surgery is also done laparoscopically, and involves wrapping an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach, dividing it into an upper and lower pouch. The band slows the movement of food through the passageway so you feel full sooner and longer, allowing you to consume smaller amounts of food less often. A plastic tube runs from the band to a device just under your skin. To adjust the band, saline (sterile salt water) can be injected or removed by your surgeon through this portal to tighten or loosen it according to your weight loss needs. Gastric banding surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, but may require an overnight stay.
Advantages of Gastric Banding Surgery
- On average, gastric banding has been shown to help patients lose approximately 43 percent of their excess weight.
- Gastric banding is considered the least invasive and safest weight loss surgery.
- The procedure can be reversed if necessary, and in time, the stomach generally returns to its normal size.
Patients interested in weight management through bariatric surgery should carefully consider both the potential advantages of surgery as well as the potential risks involved. Only patients and their surgeon can evaluate the benefits and risks of weight loss surgery and choose the most appropriate method.
To get started on your path to a new life through weight loss surgery, attend a free surgical weightloss seminar, taught by one of our bariatric and board certified general surgeons. Register by calling 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723) or click the green button below to find the seminar date that works for you. Click here to download a surgical weight loss patient packet with information you will need to proceed with weight loss surgery.