For many patients, combating weight gain can be a tough battle. There are many different options out there to help reduce the number on the scale, but a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy gives many patients another option to get their weight and diet back on track.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a medical procedure that reduces the size of the stomach by removing the outer margin of the stomach. The size of the stomach is reduced to about the size and shape of a banana. This procedure is also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy or a gastric sleeve procedure.
When the stomach size is reduced, it helps patients still get the sensation of being satisfied by a meal, but they have consumed even less than it would have normally taken. While the body continues to burn calories at a normal rate, the patient will consume fewer calories throughout the day. This allows weight loss not only to continue but may increase the rate of weight loss for patients.
In addition to removing a portion of the stomach, the surgery also removes part of the stomach that creates the hormone that makes a person feel hungry. This further helps patients to continue their weight loss without the increased stress of feeling hungry and having to battle those cravings.
The sleeve gastrectomy has several significant benefits over other options, but it is important to talk with your doctor to make sure that you find the best fit for you. One of the best options is that the procedure is not as invasive as using the gastric bypass. Gastric bypass requires that the intestines be cut, rerouted and then reattached. The more invasive a surgery is, the more it can create complications, or increase the healing time for patients.
Sleeve gastrectomy also doesn’t require the use of a banding device like the lap-band. This process simply takes your existing tissue and trims it to reduce the total space that is available in your stomach without placing a new medical device into your body.
Additionally, many patients find that their weight loss is more rapid than patients who have had any type of gastric band placed. While weight loss rates are similar to patients who have had gastric bypass, the overall risk and recovery time is reduced for the sleeve gastrectomy.
Many patients also report that they have fewer issues with food that is reported with gastric bands. This means that patients can continue to enjoy many of the foods that they enjoy, just in smaller amounts.
While many physicians may offer the sleeve gastrectomy, at Clarity Surgical, we prefer to perform this operation laparoscopically. This means that we will have to make a few small incisions, rather than one large cut. This process helps to reduce the risk of infection and also aids patients in healing time. The tools and imaging systems are all inserted through these small incisions to remove the appropriate amount of the stomach and to properly close the internal incisions.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a procedure that is designed to help bariatric patients start or continue their weight loss journey. If you are considering your options to reduce your ability to consume calories, contact our office today. Clarity Surgical in Long Island, NY has the professional staff and educated background that you need to help you identify and select the right option for you.
We specialize in surgery for the treatment of obesity and associated conditions. Call our offices at (516) 400-4900 to schedule your appointment today and let us serve your needs.