Why the Gastric Sleeve Is So Popular

You’ve decided it’s time to tackle your weight problem, once and for all, through weight loss surgery. Your next step is to decide which option is best for your goals — and there are many. Ranked at the head of the list, in terms of popularity, is the gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy.

When it comes to bariatric surgery, you want to go with a practice that has extensive experience in the field, and the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona certainly qualifies. Our team of highly qualified bariatric surgeons has helped scores of people regain their health through weight loss surgery, and we offer every effective option available, including the gastric sleeve.

Here’s a look at why gastric sleeves are so popular, accounting for almost two-thirds of weight loss surgeries.

Success with a sleeve

One of the first things that makes the gastric sleeve so popular is its excellent success rate, which is between 80% and 90%. On average, people who undergo this weight loss surgery lose 60-70% of their excess weight within one year.

As we have more experience and time with these procedures under our belts, we’re also able to study the long-term success of the gastric sleeve, and the results are equally as impressive. 

For example, one report found that of the 156 patients who underwent a sleeve gastrectomy, nearly 95% reported a loss of body mass index (BMI) in the first year, 90% at the three-year mark, and nearly 75% at five years.

As promising is the fact that diabetes went into remission in 75% of patients and blood pressure numbers improved in 72% of patients.

Thanks to successes like these, gastric sleeves have seen an exponential rise. To give you an idea, in 2011, sleeve gastrectomies accounted for nearly 18% of weight loss surgeries and, just seven years later, that number rose to nearly 62%.

Normal function

Another advantage of a sleeve gastrectomy is that we only shrink the size of your stomach without altering any of your other digestive processes. This means that when you eat, you still absorb the vitamins and nutrients your body needs, so that you don’t face any nutritional deficiencies afterward.

Feeling full faster

With a gastric sleeve, we reduce the size of your stomach by 80-85%, which means that you feel full much faster. 

Even better, the portion of stomach that we remove is the one that produces much of your ghrelin, which is the hormone that signals hunger. Between the lower levels of ghrelin and the smaller stomach, you gain control over your eating habits in no time.

A minimally invasive approach to weight loss

Another benefit of our sleeve gastrectomy is that we perform the procedure laparoscopically. 

Using this minimally invasive technique, we only need to make very small incisions, through which we thread a camera and specialized tools that allow us to see your stomach and perform the procedure without resorting to open surgery.

Thanks to laparoscopy, you realize the following benefits:

All of these combined also mean a much shorter recovery period for you.

If you’d like to explore whether a sleeve gastrectomy is right for you, contact one of our locations in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, to set up a consultation.

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