Fad diets. Infomercials. Scams. It can seem impossible to successfully lose weight and keep it off. But it’s not. The solution you’ve been seeking may just be laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery, offered from one of the area’s leading and most renowned clinics, the Tristate New York Bariatric Group. Here, we’ll help you learn more about the procedure — which you may be more familiar with as either the gastric sleeve or as vertical sleeve gastrectomy — and understand what’s involved from start to finish.
Connecticut Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
What is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery removes up to 85 percent of your stomach, with a vertical separation made from top to bottom. You’re left with a much smaller stomach pouch, and your gastrointestinal tract will still be in place, as opposed to gastric bypass (more on that below). This places a very substantial restriction on how much you’re able to eat at once, and as such, you will be able to rapidly lose weight.
We’re also proud to be one of the first and only clinics to offer virtually scarless SILS, or single incision laparoscopic surgery. This reduces recovery time and pain, while minimizing the external, visible signs of the surgery. It’s the type of innovative approach with the Tristate New York Bariatric Group is known for.
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve
Sleeve gastrectomy surgery carries with it an array of benefits. First, of course, you can lose an astonishing amount of weight quite quickly. In one study, patients lost about 61.5% of their excess BMI within a year of their procedure, and in another, patients saw decreases of 15 points to mean BMI in between just nine and 15 months.
You’ll also benefit from improved all-around health and wellness. Patients who underwent sleeve gastrectomy saw severe health conditions either eliminated or improved, including 80% of those with type 2 diabetes, 93% of those with sleep apnea, and 63.9% of those with hypertension.
Gastric Sleeve Versus Gastric Bypass
How are you supposed to choose between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass? While there are always individual factors to consider on a patient-by-patient basis, overall, we’ve found sleeve gastrectomy produces similar if not superior results in the form of a less complicated procedure.
With laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a small vertical stomach pouch is created, and the GI track is left untouched. This differs from gastric bypass, wherein the small intestine is attached to a new stomach pouch, bypassing the remaining stomach, and potentially leading to vitamin deficiencies and further surgical complications.
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What to Expect During & After your Procedure?
So, what actually happens when you undergo a vertical sleeve gastrectomy? First, you’re placed under general anesthesia, and then we utilize our SILS technique to create one small, single entry point through the belly button.
The laparoscope and instruments are placed into position, and we proceed to remove up to 85 percent of your stomach vertically, from top to bottom. Stomach staples are utilized to seal the remaining stomach pouch. The tools are removed, and your small external incision is sutured close. The whole procedure typically takes less than two hours.
Typically, patients spend one night in the hospital, and we recommend one to two weeks spent off from work. We’ll provide you with more detailed at-home care instructions when you’re headed home.
What is the cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Connecticut?
Insurance companies today generally do cover the cost of gastric sleeve surgery, provided the patient meets their specific guidelines. Certainly, this can be complex to maneuver, and we’ll help guide you through the process. For patients who do not have insurance or are unable to be approved by their providers, we also do offer financing plans.
How Can This Procedure Change Your Life Starting Today?
It’s time to take action, and it’s time to transform your entire life. When you want to be at your absolute best, and live a healthier, happier and longer life, call the Tristate New York Bariatric Group.
You can reach us directly at 800.633.8446. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer your remaining questions and schedule that all-important initial appointment.
What are the Procedure Risks?
All surgery carries with it certain risks, as does the application of general anesthesia. Beyond that, it’s important to understand the specific risks of a gastric sleeve procedure. The risks here may include:
- Abscesses to the abdominal wall
- Internal bleeding
- Leaking along the staple line
- Development of acid reflux disease
Of the risks listed, acid reflux is by far the most common, and even that can typically be treated through a combination of diet management and/or medication.
Is there a Post Gastric Sleeve Surgery Diet?
Our comprehensive bariatric program is designed to provide you with all of the education and assistance you need for your new lifestyle following surgery. This includes detailed nutritional guidelines and consultations, along with a variety of useful add-ons which our patients find vital to their success, such as support groups and mentors.
In terms of the specifics of your diet, immediately following your procedure you’ll stay on a liquids-only for two weeks. For the next two weeks, you’ll be able to begin including certain soft or pureed foods, and after that, you’ll begin to incorporate additional solid foods for two more weeks.
At our online store, you’ll find a wide range of nutritious food choices which have been specifically designed for your unique needs after gastric sleeve surgery. These are products we recommend and stand behind, so you can be comfortable depending on them.