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Weight Loss Institute of Arizona

Weight Loss Surgery & Bariatric Center located in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, & Phoenix, AZ

A vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), also known as the gastric sleeve, 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 have helped many people reach a healthy weight — and a renewed quality of life — through this innovative, safe procedure. A consultation can determine if VSG is right for you. 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.


What is a vertical sleeve gastrectomy?

The gastric sleeve procedure involves the removal of about 80-85% 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 laparoscopic approach to this surgery involves making several tiny incisions, and it’s performed using camera-guided instruments. This reduces scarring, postoperative discomfort, and recovery time.

What are the benefits of the gastric sleeve?

VSG is the only bariatric surgical procedure that doesn't involve intestinal reconfiguration, as in gastric bypass, or a foreign body, as with a gastric band.

As an alternative to a gastric bypass, VSG offers specific benefits, such as preservation of the pyloric valve. This valve regulates the emptying of the stomach and sends signals of “fullness” to your brain. VSG also preserves your gastrointestinal tract’s anatomy with no rerouting of the small intestine, so food digests normally, and there’s less risk of ulcers or nutritional deficiencies.

Losing weight following VSG reduces the chances of weight-related health conditions, including:

  • Acid reflux
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes

Many of these conditions will lessen or resolve within the first year after your surgery.

What are the risks of VSG?

VSG is considered to be low risk, but it’s a major surgical procedure. Complications immediately following surgery may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Certain foods may cause an upset stomach that did not bother you in the past.

How much weight can I lose with the gastric sleeve?

Results vary between patients, but on average people lose around 60% of their extra weight. It takes about 12-18 months to get the full results. The Weight Loss Institute of Arizona offers programs to support your weight loss journey, so that healthy changes to your diet and activity level become lifetime habits that allow you to maintain your optimum weight.

To learn more about the VSG procedure, schedule a consultation online or by phone, or sign up for a weight loss seminar offered at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona.