Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy may be just the solution you’ve been seeking to combat obesity and the myriad health risks that obesity carries with it. This procedure, which you may be familiar with as either the gastric sleeve, or as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is highly effective. Right here you’ll learn all about it, how it works, what you can expect along the way, and even how it compares to other common types of bariatric surgery.
New Jersey Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
What is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery involves the removal of a large portion of your stomach. How large? Up to 85 percent although potentially slightly less, with an incision and separation made vertically down the length of your entire stomach. Your new small stomach helps you lose weight by directly restricting how much you’re able to eat.
The Tristate New York Bariatric Group enhances this already wonderful procedure, and is one of a very small number of clinics to offer virtually scarless SILS — single incision laparoscopic surgery. This is an innovative technique with has a huge impact on reducing not only the visible appearance of your body after surgery, but also the pain and recovery time you deal with along the way.
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve
Sleeve gastrectomy can provide you with a great number of benefits, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Let’s look at a few different studies which show its effectiveness directly:
- The first study points to an average of over 61% of excess BMI being lost by patients within a year
- The second also looks at BMI, showing a decrease in the mean BMI of patients of over 15 points
- The third study we’ll pinpoint here shows the effect that sleeve gastrectomy can have on your overall health, with gastric sleeve patients experiencing health issues having them solved or reduced to the tune of 93% of those with sleep apnea, 80% of those with type 2 diabetes, and 64% with hypertension
Gastric Sleeve Versus Gastric Bypass
Many patients have a difficult time comparing, and choosing between, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass procedures. Forget about the similar sounding names, on focus on these points:
- Sleeve gastrectomy separates your stomach with a top to bottom incision; gastric bypass separates a small pouch of the stomach and then bypasses the rest by reattaching the small intestine
- Sleeve gastrectomy is a less complicated procedure, which offers reduced surgical risks
- As opposed to gastric bypass, the GI track remains untouched, reducing risk of vitamin deficiencies
- Gastric sleeve commonly produces equal, if not greater, results in an even shorter amount of time
- One strength of gastric bypass is a 30-year history which has allowed for the creation of numerous long-term studies rich with patient data which is not available for a newer procedure such as gastric sleeve
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What to Expect During & After your Procedure?
It’s always important to understand what to expect with the procedure itself. Here, you’ll undergo general anesthesia prior to your produce. Utilizing our innovative SILS technique, a single entry point through your belly button is created. Up to 85 percent of your stomach is removed with a vertical, top to bottom line, with stomach staples then being used to seal off the remaining pouch. Your small external incision is sutured close, and the entire procedure generally takes less than two hours to complete.
After your procedure, most patients stay only one night in the hospital. When you’re discharged, you’ll receive detailed care instructions for home. You’ll likely want to take one to two weeks off work.
What is the cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery in New Jersey?
Every patient we work with is concerned about the cost of their procedure. Today, most insurance companies do in fact cover bariatric surgery for obese individuals. We’ll help you work within their system and guidelines for approval. If you are unable to obtain coverage though, we do also have several financing plans available which will hopefully make this a viable and manageable alternative.
How Can This Procedure Change Your Life Starting Today?
Are you ready to take that all-important first step and change your life? The Tristate New York Bariatric Group will transform your body and your health with virtually scarless single incision laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery. Call our expert team at 800.633.8446 and we’ll help you begin.
What are the Procedure Risks?
Any surgical procedure, and any surgery involving general anesthesia, inherently involves risks, and all of those apply here as well. Risks specific to laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy include: Stomach-staple line leaking, internal bleeding, development of acid reflux disease, and abdominal wall abscesses.
Most patients who experience acid reflux can have the condition treated with proper dietary management and/or medication.
Is there a Post Gastric Sleeve Surgery Diet?
It’s certainly important to understand what your diet is going to look like after gastric sleeve surgery. We have a team of experts who are ready to guide you through this process. To simplify matters here, following your procedure you’ll follow a three-phase, six-week program, which moves you from a liquids-only diet to incorporating a range of normal solid foods.
Beyond providing you with nutritional instruction, you’ll receive the assistance of our comprehensive bariatric program when you choose Tristate New York Bariatric Group for gastric sleeve surgery in New Jersey. This means you’ll have access to mentors and support groups, ongoing follow-up appointments and guidance, and even our online store, which lets you quickly and conveniently shop from a list of doctor-approved foods made especially for your nutritional requirements.