If you, or someone you love, is seriously overweight and has been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet and exercise alone, a gastric sleeve procedure may help you achieve a healthier weight.
The gastric sleeve, also known as the vertical sleeve gastrectomy, restricts the amount of food you eat by reducing the size of the stomach. The minimally invasive procedure removes a portion of the stomach, making the it roughly the size and shape of a banana.
Patients who have a gastric sleeve feel full after eating much less. In addition, the surgery removes the portion of the stomach that produces a hormone that can make you feel hungry, so you won’t want to eat as much.
This procedure can be an excellent alternative to gastric bypass or gastric banding. Sleeve gastrectomy is a simpler operation than gastric bypass because it doesn’t involve rerouting or reconnecting the intestines.
Unlike gastric banding, a gastric sleeve doesn’t require implanting a banding device around a portion of the stomach.
Sleeve gastrectomy is one of the surgical weight loss procedures performed by general surgeon Kevin Miller, M.D., in association with King’s Daughters Center for Healthy Living. His team can help you determine whether sleeve gastrectomy is appropriate for you and whether you would benefit from it as a single weight-loss procedure or as part of a two-step process. Typically, sleeve gastrectomy is performed as a single procedure for patients who prefer not to have a gastric band or who have medical conditions, such as anemia, that prevent other surgical options.
Sleeve gastrectomy may also be performed as part of a two-step process in extremely obese patients (generally, those with a BMI over 60). Sleeve gastrectomy is performed first to allow the patient to lose enough weight so that gastric banding surgery can be performed with less risk.
Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy:
• Fewer food intolerances than with gastric banding.
• Weight loss generally is faster with the sleeve than with gastric banding.
• Because there is no implantable band device, slippage and erosion are not a risk.
• Ability to perform sleeve gastrectomy using minimally invasive techniques, resulting in less down time and faster recovery.
The average hospital stay for someone who has the gastric sleeve procedure is 48 hours. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within two weeks of the procedure. After three weeks, a full recovery is expected.
Dr. Miller and his team are committed to making sure all your questions are answered, helping you make the best surgical choice and helping you achieve and maintain your weight-loss goals.
Take the next step in your weight-loss journey. Call Dr. Miller’s office today at 606-324-2600.