If you’ve spent years struggling to shed excess weight through diet and exercise without achieving long-term success, gastric sleeve surgery might be the right option for you.
Currently, this is the most common bariatric procedure in the United States. It produces similar weight loss to the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery (RYGBP) with less risk of acute and long-term malabsorptive complications. It provides excellent remission of co-morbidities such as Type II diabetes.
How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Works
Also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive weight loss procedure. That means this operation restricts the amount of food you can eat, which leads to a lower caloric intake over time.
During the minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedure, the bariatric surgeon removes about 75 to 85 percent of your stomach, creating a long, narrow tube to hold food. Because the capacity of this newly-formed stomach is much smaller than your original stomach, it holds far less food, which in turn forces you to eat much smaller portions of food.
When you take in fewer calories than you burn, your body naturally sheds excess fat, leading to weight loss.
Gastric sleeve surgery has also been shown to reduce levels of a hormone called ghrelin, also known as the “hunger hormone.” When ghrelin levels are low, you experience fewer food cravings and better blood sugar metabolism. These factors also play a role in effective weight loss and long-term weight management.
What To Expect
Prior to being approved for gastric sleeve surgery, our medical team at the Wellborn Clinic reviews your complete medical history and current condition. We’ll ask about prior attempts to lose weight, how long you’ve been obese, and what you expect to achieve from the surgery.
You’ll also meet with our bariatric surgeon, Dr. J. Clay Wellborn, Jr, to assess whether or not sleeve gastrectomy is the best weight loss option for you.
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery is rapidly becoming the weight loss procedure of choice among bariatric surgeons worldwide because it produces multiple benefits and has fewer complications than alternative treatment options.
Some of the benefits of the sleeve gastrectomy include:
- Safer than RYGBP (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery)
- Rapid, sustained weight loss that helps patients achieve their final goal weight within about 9 to 18 months of surgery
- Avoidance of dumping syndrome, which can occur with other types of weight loss surgery
- Improvement of blood sugar control, which can prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes
- An increased feeling of fullness after eating less food, plus fewer food cravings due to a reduction in ghrelin hormone levels
- Minimal risk of infection, rejection or other surgical complications
- Less time under general anesthesia, as the procedure takes only about an hour
- Avoids malabsorptive issues one can expect with the RYGBP
Some of the negative side effects of the sleeve gastrectomy include:
- May lead to esophageal reflux
- Serious complications such as staple line leaks may occur
- Permanent and irreversible
To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery, and to find out if this is the right medical weight loss option for you, contact Nikk (501-663-9600 ext 110) at the Wellborn Clinic to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wellborn.