6 Benefits of the Gastric Sleeve

6 Benefits of the Gastric Sleeve

If your weight has become problematic in almost every way, it is likely overshadowing your life and your health. While there are several options when it comes to weight loss surgery, our team of bariatric experts here at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona wants to focus on one, in particular — the gastric sleeve.

In the following, we explore six reasons why the gastric sleeve procedure is the No. 1 weight loss surgery in the United States since 2013.

Gastric sleeve works fast

When we perform a gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy, we reduce the size of your stomach by up to 80-85%, leaving only a “sleeve,” in its place. This means that immediately after your gastric sleeve procedure, you’ll be eating far less food and the weight will come off quickly.

A gastric sleeve provides long-lasting results

Not only does the gastric sleeve allow you to lose weight quickly, you’re able to keep it off. 

In one study, researchers found that the mean loss of excess body mass index weight in 156 patients who underwent the gastric sleeve procedure was nearly 95% at the one-year mark and held to nearly 90% at the three-year mark.

A minimally invasive procedure

At our practice, we offer laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies, which offer many advantages over open surgery. Since we use specialized cameras and tools, we only make very small incisions to shrink the size of your stomach, which means you experience:

This minimally invasive approach to your weight loss surgery also means that you spend less time in the hospital.

Improve your health

If you have weight-related health issues, a gastric sleeve procedure can greatly improve them. 

For example, in the study we referenced earlier, researchers reported that diabetes went into remission among 75% of those who underwent a gastric sleeve, and all of those who were using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines for sleep apnea no longer had to use the devices.

Still get your nutrients

With a gastric sleeve, we’re only shrinking the volume of your stomach and not altering any other area of your digestive system, which means you still absorb all the beneficial nutrients and vitamins you need.

Less hunger

Another benefit of a gastric sleeve is that we remove the portion of your stomach that produces hunger hormones, meaning you don’t have to battle strong pangs of hunger.

If these benefits of a gastric sleeve sound encouraging and you want to explore this form of bariatric surgery further, please contact one of our offices in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona.

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