• The surgeon creates a small stomach “sleeve” using a stapling device; the rest of the stomach is removed.
  • This procedure induces weight loss in part by restricting the amount of food (and therefore calories) that can be eaten without bypassing the intestines.
  • Weight loss and improvement in parameters of metabolic syndrome are connected with the resection of the stomach and subsequent neurohormonal changes.

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Advantages of the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • The most popular weight loss procedure chosen today
  • Over 60% of type II diabetes is resolved
  • People lose on average 50-60% of excess weight
  • 60% of people resolved their sleep apnea
  • Hypertension is improved or resolved in many patients.
  • With the VSG there is no foreign body to break, slip, or erode.
  • Unlike the Adjustable Gastric Band there is nothing to be adjusted.
  • The feeling of fullness that you get from the VSG is much more satisfying than the feeling of obstruction or discomfort that you get with the Adjustable Gastric Band.
  • Can be performed on patients that otherwise do not qualify for gastric bypass, such as those with anemia, Crohn’s disease, etc.

Shorter hospital stays, faster recovery

The majority of weight loss sleeve gastrectomies performed today use a minimally invasive laparoscopic technique. The entire procedure is done through a small incision in your abdomen. Our surgeons specialize in this method because it results in shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures.

Gastric Sleeve Disadvantages:

  • Leaks and other complications related to stomach stapling may occur
  • Potentially slower weight loss than the gastric bypass.

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