One of the most efficient and effective bariatric surgical options, sleeve gastrectomy surgery can provide relief from excessive weight for a wide range of patients. As it does not require foreign devices, this method can be easier on patients who are more likely to face surgical complications. Completed by removing a large portion of the stomach to reduce appetite and eliminate the ability to eat large portions, sleeve gastrectomies have the ability to permanently change your diet and your lifestyle.
If you are considering this procedure, the surgical team at Omaha Gastric Bypass is happy to help you learn more. From initial consultations to post-surgical follow ups, our weight loss professionals will always be by your side.
How Sleeve Gastrectomy Works
A sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical procedure in which two thirds to three quarters of the bottom portion of the stomach is removed, leaving a thin, tubular sleeve remaining that connects the esophagus to the small intestine. After a portion of the stomach is removed, the remaining opening is sealed with staples to create a seal. Like most bariatric procedures, these surgeries are performed laparoscopically, using a camera and several small incisions in the stomach.
For very obese patients who are considered high risk for gastric bypass procedures, a sleeve gastrectomy can be an initial step, making it safer to perform a bypass in the future.
Expected Weight Loss
After a sleeve gastrectomy, weight loss is generally very quick. Due to a permanently smaller stomach, appetite is immediately restricted, leading to reduced intake and thus rapid loss. When your surgery is complete, our team of counselors and dietitians will be here to support you, ensuring your diet and lifestyle are as healthy as possible. In general, most patients lose 100 pounds or more and approximately 50% of excess weight from surgery alone.
Pros and Cons
Sleeve gastrectomies are very effective, physically reducing your stomach so that you can’t eat as much. There are no third party devices, so there are no risks of adverse reactions to a band. However, these surgeries are irreversible; once a part of the stomach has been removed, there’s no way to put it back. The stomach can stretch out in time as well, lessening the effectiveness of the procedure. Patients are also subject to dumping symptoms when dieting rules are ignored, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and acid reflux.
When you want to lose weight safely and effectively, Omaha Gastric Bypass can provide the emotional and surgical assistance you need. Contact us online or call 402-572-3663 or 402-758-5544 to schedule an appointment and see how a sleeve gastrectomy can make a difference for you.