Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery — which is also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and most simply, as the gastric sleeve procedure — is one of the most successful and effective types of bariatric surgery available today. If you’re looking to win your fight against obesity and related health conditions, then right here is your place to start, with all of the important information you need to know on this procedure, what it is, how it works, and even how it compares to others.
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What is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?
The gastric sleeve procedure is less well known than alternatives such as gastric bypass (see below). So let’s take a moment to clear up what it actually does.
With vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery, up to 85 percent of the stomach is removed, along a vertical line of separation. With only a fraction of your stomach remaining, you fill up rapidly, and your limited capacity directly translates to weight loss.
Enhancing this procedure further is a technique known as SILS, or single incision laparoscopic surgery. With this innovative technique, practiced almost exclusively by the Tristate New York Bariatric Group, you’ll benefit from a virtually scarless outcome, with as little pain, recovery time, and visible signs of surgery, as possible.
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve
The benefits of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy are absolutely fantastic. For instance, two different studies pointed to dramatic weight loss which can be achieved. The first shows patients losing an average of more than 61% of excess BMI in one year; the second shows the mean BMI of patients dropping by 15 points in roughly the same time. Both of those studies and their numbers point to outstanding progress across the board in short periods of time.
Additionally, after undergoing such a procedure, your overall health will be greatly improved as well. Another study showed that 93% of patients with sleep apnea, 80% of those with type 2 diabetes and nearly 64% of patients with hypertension had their problems remedied via vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
Gastric Sleeve Versus Gastric Bypass
The gastric sleeve is often compared to gastric bypass, not only because of similar names, but because both procedures involve the removal of a large portion of the stomach. There are key differences though, and the sleeve gastrectomy produces equal to superior results with a less complicated procedure. An easier to perform surgery means reduced surgical risk. With the gastric sleeve, your gastrointestinal track is also left unchanged, which means you’ll have a greatly reduced risk of vitamin deficiencies.
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What to Expect During & After your Procedure?
A point by point overview of the procedure includes:
- Patients receive general anesthesia prior to their procedures
- SILS is utilized to create a single surgical entry point through the belly button
- The majority of the stomach is removed vertically, and stomach staples are utilized to seal the remaining stomach pouch
- The external incision is closed with sutures
This type of bariatric surgery can be completed in two hours or less. Hospital stays are generally limited to only one night, at which point you’ll be given your at-home care instructions and guidelines. It’s recommended that you take at least one and perhaps two weeks off from work.
What is the cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Pennsylvania?
Cost is another major concern and the good news is that most insurance companies do provide coverage for obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery. There are specific guidelines and regulations in place though, and we’ll walk you through this process to help you understand what to expect. If you do not have insurance or are not able to be approved by your provider for coverage, we also have several financing plans available.
How Can This Procedure Change Your Life Starting Today?
The Tristate New York Bariatric Group can change your life. With laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery, you will transform your body and enjoy the numerous health benefits which come with that.
Get started on your journey by calling us today at 800.633.8446 to schedule an initial appointment or ask any remaining questions.
What are the Procedure Risks?
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a newer type of bariatric surgery and as such there’s not a great wealth of long-term data and information on the procedure. One strength of the gastric bypass, on the other hand, is that lengthy track record and the long-term studies which have been produced as a result. That said, the procedure may include the following risks:
- Leaking along the stomach staple line
- Internal bleeding
- Abscesses in the abdominal wall
- Development of acid reflux*
- All associated risks of surgery and general anesthesia
*This can typically be treated with correct dietary and lifestyle management.
Is there a Post Gastric Sleeve Surgery Diet?
One of the largest concerns we hear from patients is what occurs to their diets after undergoing bariatric surgery. The good news is that we’ll provide you with very detailed instructions and a step-by-step plan to help you manage this process. There are three initial phases to your post-op diet, which can be summed up as:
- Weeks 1-2: Liquid diet
- Weeks 3-4: Incorporating soft and pureed foods
- Weeks 5-6: Incorporating additional foods, small portions of lean meat, fish, limited dairy, etc.
In additional to the guidance and insight we’ll provide you with on your dietary plan, we also have a number of extra resources for our patients. This includes access to support groups and mentor programs, as well as our online store, where you’ll quickly find doctor-recommended foods specifically designed for your unique, new dietary needs.