Sleeve Gastrectomy is one of several treatment options offered by Bay Bariatrics. Sleeve gastrectomy can be performed on its own or as part of gastric bypass surgery, and it can yield tremendous weight-loss results. The staff at Bay Bariatrics is happy to answer any questions you may have about sleeve gastrectomy. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tersigni today!
What Is Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Sleeve gastrectomy is a weight-loss procedure that significantly reduces the size of the stomach, thereby limiting the amount of food that a person can consume. Sometimes known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, this procedure alters the size of the stomach by using a stapling device to create a thin “sleeve” about the size of a banana. The remaining area of the stomach, about 70 to 80 percent of the original size, is removed from the body. This bariatric procedure is absorptive, meaning the body is able to digest and absorb food and nutrients after surgery. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible.
Garrett PalloGarrett had Gastric Sleeve surgery in March of 2010 and successfully lost 110 lbs.
There are multiple benefits to sleeve gastrectomy:
- On average, 50 percent of excess weight lost within three years
- Health improvements, including decreased instances of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea
- Fast recovery due to the use of the minimally invasive laparoscopic method
- Increased physical activity and overall quality of life
How Does Sleeve Gastrectomy Work?
The goal of sleeve gastrectomy is to decrease the size of the stomach so that you feel full sooner and consequently consume fewer calories per day. Considerably reducing the amount of food that you eat helps you lose a significant amount of weight over time.
During sleeve gastrectomy, which typically lasts one to three hours, Dr. Tersigni uses a device known as a laparoscope, a tiny surgical camera, to see inside the stomach. After making a few small incisions across the abdomen, he inserts the laparoscope so that he can perform the procedure via a video monitor. He then uses thin surgical instruments to remove a large portion of the stomach. The remaining area is stapled together into a slim, vertical shape. The procedure is complete after Dr. Tersigni closes the initial incisions.
The use of a laparoscope makes sleeve gastrectomy less invasive than some alternative treatments, and it usually takes patients about two weeks to recover from the procedure. Following this recovery period, patients find that they are no longer able to consume large amounts of food. It is important to follow all postoperative instructions and begin a healthy diet and exercise regimen to reduce the risk of complications.
Is Sleeve Gastrectomy Right for You?
At Bay Bariatrics our goal is to ensure the health and the well-being of all of our patients. During an initial consultation on the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, Dr. Tersigni evaluates your condition and determines your candidacy for treatment. This may include a physical exam, blood test, and tests for other medical problems. In most cases you must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more—typically about 100 pounds over your recommended weight—to be a candidate for the procedure. If you are unable to undergo alternative forms of weight-loss surgery, Dr. Tersigni may recommend sleeve gastrectomy as a viable option.
It is important that you have a full understanding of the procedure. Dr. Tersigni works with you to make sure you are aware of the magnitude of the decision to undergo sleeve gastrectomy. The procedure should not be considered a quick and easy solution to weight loss: it is a surgical treatment that poses some inherent risks, and it is not reversible. In fact, the procedure requires a lifetime commitment to healthy diet and lifestyle habits.
Dr. Tersigni and his friendly staff are available to answer your questions and concerns regarding surgery and postoperative care. We also encourage you to discuss treatment with family, friends, and former patients, who can offer you support in your decision.
Contact Bay Bariatrics Today
Sleeve gastrectomy is just one of the weight-loss surgery options available. If you are interested in learning if this procedure is right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We can discuss your goals with you in person and determine which treatment would be best suited to meet your needs.