Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
At Weight Loss Institute of Arizona in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Arrowhead and Tucson, Ariz., weight loss surgery options are customized to meet each patient’s unique needs. In order to achieve the best results for the most patients, we offer a full range of leading edge bariatric procedures. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is an excellent choice for patients who are not good candidates for either a bypass procedure or the LAP-BAND®. Our surgeons have helped countless women and men to attain a healthier weight and fuller life through this innovative, safe procedure.
Understanding Sleeve Gastrectomy
The sleeve gastrectomy procedure involves the removal of approximately 85% of the stomach, reshaping what remains into a tube or “sleeve.” The objective is to limit the amount of food intake without impairing the normal absorption of vitamins and minerals. The surgery can be performed as a first stage procedure (for patients with a very high BMI), or as a stand-alone procedure.
The laparoscopic approach involves making several very small incisions and is performed using camera-guided instruments. This reduces scarring, postoperative discomfort, and recovery time.
The average expected weight loss with the sleeve gastrectomy operation is between 55% and 70% of excess body weight. This is an average. You may lose more or you may lose less. Maximum weight loss occurs within two years postoperatively.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Sleeve gastrectomy is the only bariatric surgery that involves neither intestinal reconfiguration, as in gastric bypass, nor a foreign body, as with the LAP-BAND. The surgery is relatively low risk, and there is very little chance that revision will be necessary in the future. Other benefits with this procedure include:
- Preservation of the pyloric valve, which regulates the emptying of the stomach and makes a person feel full for a longer period of time
- Reduced production of hunger-stimulating hormones
- Normal stomach and gastrointestinal tract anatomy is not altered. Food is then digested normally, with less risk of nutritional deficiencies or ulcers
Is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy for you? The best way to find out is to discuss your needs and concerns with one of our compassionate, experienced bariatric surgeons. Request your consultation online or RSVP to one of our weight loss seminars today.