Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Though the Gastric Sleeve, or Sleeve Gastrectomy, is one of the newer weight loss surgery procedures, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular in the U.S.
The surgeon performs this procedure by dividing the stomach vertically with a line of staples and removing a large portion of it.
The remaining stomach is reduced to about 20 to 25% of its original size. The remaining stomach is a long tube shaped like a very slender banana, or sleeve. It can hold between one to five ounces.
The surgery helps you lose weight by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Surgery
- Most patients typically go home the day of surgery
- No re-routing of the food stream
- Promotes rapid and significant weight loss (all patients are unique and results will vary)
- Reduces amount of food stomach can hold so you feel full quickly
- Suppresses Grehlin, a hunger hormone, and significantly reduced appetite and cravings of certain foods
- Losing weight with a gastric sleeve procedure may help improve or resolve weight related health conditions such Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, etc.
Gastric Sleeve Video: how does it work?
To find out more about how the Gastric Sleeve procedure is performed, watch this video animation.
The part of the stomach that is removed secretes a hormone called Ghrelin which is responsible for appetite and hunger. Because of the decreased amount of Ghrelin, as well as other hormones referred to as "gut hormones", sleeve gastrectomy patients experience a loss or reduction in appetite. This surgery is usually performed laparoscopically.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Choosing an appropriate surgery is a difficult choice. There is no right answer. The surgery that you choose is a personal decision based on your health history, habits, risk aversion, and lifestyle.
Here are a few criteria to help determine if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you:
- Between the ages of 18 and 65
- Have not been successful losing weight or maintaining a healthy body weight via multiple documented weight loss methods
- BMI of 40 or greater, or 35-39.9 and experiencing one of more obesity related health conditions such as high cholesterol, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, Type 2 Diabetes and acid reflux disease
Gastric Sleeve Surgery Qualifications
When conducting an evaluation for gastric sleeve surgery, our medical team will consider the following factors:
Your nutrition and weight history.
A review of your weight trends, diet attempts, eating habits, exercise regimen, stress level, time constraints and motivation among other factors.
Your current medical conditions.
Some health problems increase the risks associated with having surgery or may be worsened by surgery, such as blood clots, liver disease, heart problems, kidney stones and nutritional deficiencies. Our bariatric team evaluates what medications you take, as well as any social habits that may affect your surgery.
Your psychological status.
Certain mental health conditions may contribute to obesity or make it more difficult for you to maintain the health benefits of gastric sleeve surgery. These may include binge-eating disorder, substance abuse, depression, anxiety disorders and issues related to childhood sexual abuse. While these may not prevent you from having gastric sleeve surgery, your doctors may want to postpone surgery to ensure that any condition is appropriately treated and managed.
The team will also assess your willingness and ability to follow through with recommendations made by your health care team and commitment to adhere to prescribed changes in your diet and exercise routine.
Although there's no specific age limit for gastric sleeve surgery, the risks increase as you get older. Bariatric surgery for teens remains debatable as too little research has been done to show if there are any long-term effects related to growth.
Weight Loss Success
These are real success stories from actual gastric sleeve patients. True Results can help you reach your weight loss goals with the gastric sleeve!