Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy also known as the Gastric Sleeve is a surgical weight loss procedure that reduces the size of the stomach and therefore restricts the amount of food you can eat. As with other metabolic surgeries the Gastric Sleeve triggers hormonal changes in the body that modify the signals between the stomach, brain and liver allowing it to establish a healthier body fat set point, decrease appetite, and reverse or resolve many obesity-related health issues like sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.

The Sleeve Gastrectomy has proven successful as a standalone procedure with patients losing on average 66% of their excess body weight.  For patients with very high BMI’s ≥ 50 the Gastric Sleeve can be the first step of other surgical procedures such as the Gastric Bypass or Duodenal Switch (DS).

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Procedure

The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is performed using the minimally invasive laparoscopic technique allowing the majority of patients to return home the same day as surgery with less pain and significantly shorter healing times.

During the Gastric Sleeve procedure, the surgeon will make 5 incisions about the size of a quarter in the abdomen which are used to insert a scope and surgical instruments.  The surgeon will reduce the size of the stomach by 80% by forming a small tube or “sleeve” using a stapling device.  He then removes the remainder of the stomach. The entire procedure is completed in about an hour.

To learn more about the Gastric Sleeve procedure and see if it is the right procedure for you contact us to schedule a one on one consultation with Dr. Bagshahi.

Benefits Of The Gastric Sleeve (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy)

The Gastric sleeve surgery is a simple, straightforward approach to weight loss that does not require the insertion of any foreign devices such as the Gastric Lap Band, or a modification or rerouting of the intestine like the Gastric Bypass and Duodenal Switch procedures.

Compared to other weight loss surgeries the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy offers benefits that include:

  • Limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time without bypassing the intestine minimizing the risk of vitamin deficiencies due to malabsorption.
  • Patients on average lose 66% of their excess body weight over a 12 to 18-month period.
  • Helps to resolve obesity-related metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea and improves type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.
  • Shorter operating and recovery times. Often performed on an outpatient basis.

Risks Of The Gastric Sleeve (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy)

There are risks associated with any surgery, however advancements in Bariatric Surgery have reduced the incidence of serious complications. The risks specific to the Gastric Sleeve are:

  • Gastric leak associated with a staple line failure
  • Delayed gastric emptying
  • Ulcers
  • The surgery Is not reversible

Are You A Candidate For Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)?

Most insurances require a candidate for the Gastric Sleeve procedure to have:

  • A BMI ≥ 40, or more than 100 pounds overweight
  • A BMI ≥ 35 and at least one or more obesity-related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease.
  • Not being able to achieve a healthy weight loss through a structured diet program such as Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers.

Request an appointment with our surgeon to discuss a Sleeve Gastrectomy. If you are considering weight loss surgeries it may be the best option for you!

Gastric Sleeve Surgery In Dallas – Fort, Worth, Texas

For residents of the Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, as well as other North Texas municipalities, choosing Bagshahi Bariatric and General Surgery for your Gastric Sleeve surgery ensures you’ll receive the highest quality of care during and after your surgery, while giving you the nutritional guidance and support you need to maintain your weight loss — and health — over the long term.

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