The gastric sleeve, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, can help you lose a significant amount of weight in less time than many other weight loss procedures. The exceptional surgeons at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona perform laparoscopic and standard sleeve gastrectomy with expertise. If you think you may be a candidate for the gastric sleeve, schedule a consultation at your nearest location. There are two clinics in Tempe, and further branches in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. Call the office today or book an appointment online.
When one of the skilled surgeons at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona performs a sleeve gastrectomy, they remove around 80% of the stomach and create a “sleeve” shape with the remaining portion. This restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold in one meal while preserving the pyloric valve, which keeps the stomach from emptying too quickly, so you feel full for longer periods of time.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll be fitted with an IV drip, and the anesthesiologist will give you a general anesthetic, so you’ll be comfortably asleep for the surgery.
The gastric sleeve is most commonly performed as a laparoscopic procedure, in which a tiny camera is used to guide long-handled instruments inserted through very small incisions, minimizing scarring and shortening your recovery.
If your provider determines that you’re not a candidate for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, they may still recommend the standard surgical gastric sleeve procedure. Either way, you’ll spend a few days in the hospital while the internal healing process begins. The first day after your surgery, you’ll begin drinking clear liquids; over the next four weeks you’ll slowly work up to purees, and then to solid foods.
You’ll continue to lose weight for 1-2 years after your surgery, as long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. The Weight Loss Institute of Arizona offers support programs to assist you on your journey to a healthier weight and lifestyle.
The primary benefit of the gastric sleeve procedure compared with other weight loss surgeries is that only the stomach is restructured by your surgeon. Your small and large intestines remain intact, so you can digest your food and absorb nutrients normally.
In addition to enhancing vitality and quality of life, losing weight offers multiple health benefits. Many weight-related diseases are likely to significantly improve, or even resolve completely, within one year of your gastric sleeve procedure, including:
In addition, chronic back, hip, and knee pain may improve or resolve following your surgery.
To learn more about the gastric sleeve procedure, schedule a consultation online or by phone, or sign up for a weight loss seminar offered at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona.