What Is Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Also known as “vertical sleeve gastrectomy,” this laparoscopic procedure uses a minimally invasive technique to remove more than three-quarters of the stomach, leaving a narrow pouch or “sleeve.”

Reducing the size of the stomach limits how much food you can eat and, therefore, how many calories you consume. Sleeve gastrectomy also has the benefit of inducing hormonal changes that help with weight loss. It hinders the body’s secretion of ghrelin, the hormone that activates your appetite. As a result, you may crave less and begin to develop healthier eating habits.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Sleeve Gastrectomy in Port Jefferson, NY?

Sleeve gastrectomy is often reserved for patients who have already attempted to lose weight through diet and exercise. When these lifestyle changes are not successful, a doctor may recommend sleeve gastrectomy.

You may also benefit from this procedure if:

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or above
  • You have a BMI between 35 and 39.9 and severe health conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or sleep apnea
  • You do not qualify for gastric bypass surgery due to your weight

What to Expect After the Procedure

The surgery itself typically takes one to two hours; however, you may be held for monitoring over a period of two to three days. Just after the surgery, your diet will be limited to clear liquids. After a day or so, you’ll be permitted to eat pureed foods and protein shakes, and after the first month, you can start eating soft foods. Two or three months after the surgery, you can return to regular meals. However, it’s important to remember that the size of your stomach has been reduced permanently, so your eating habits will need to change permanently as well. A “regular meal” will likely be a lot smaller than you’re used to.

Sleeve gastrectomy can result in significant weight loss. But to avoid putting the weight back on, you must adopt healthier eating and exercise habits.

Are you interested in learning more about sleeve gastrectomy in Port Jefferson, NY? Contact Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors for a consultation today.