Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), is a bariatric surgery that can help people find successful long-term weight loss. Struggling to lose weight on your own is nothing to be ashamed of—at Timo Clinic, our surgeons understand that weight loss surgery is a tool to help patients create a healthier, happier life. We focus on providing comprehensive, high-quality care for our patients.
What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery and How Does it Work?
Gastric sleeve surgery reduces the size of the stomach to about the shape and size of a banana. This reduction has a two-fold impact on your eating habits. First, this limits the capacity of our stomach so you can feel full with a smaller amount of food. Second, the portion of the stomach removed during surgery produces the hunger hormone ghrelin. By removing this section of the stomach, your metabolic function is improved and hunger is greatly reduced, minimizing the frequency and cravings for food.
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
For patients who are good candidates for gastric sleeve surgery, potential benefits include:
- A sustainable approach that helps end the cycle of yo-yo dieting
- Encourages portion-control and leaves you satisfied with less food
- Reduces production of ghrelin which is “the hunger hormone”
- Improves obesity-related medical conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and joint pain
- No rerouting of intestines or implanted medical devices
- Laparoscopic technique is minimally invasive
Who is a Suitable Candidate?
If diet and exercise have not produced sustainable weight loss, bariatric surgery may be a solution. Ideal candidates for gastric sleeve surgery are committed to making lifestyle changes and have a body mass index (BMI) higher than 40 or a BMI of 35 or more along with obesity-related health conditions.
What to Expect From Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Each patient is unique and your treatment plan will be customized to meet your individual needs. Our team of doctors and weight loss experts will be there to support you on every step of your journey.
Preparing for Gastric Sleeve
The best way to determine if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment. Your gastric sleeve consultation is your opportunity to learn more about your options and get answers to any questions. We will review your medical history and if gastric sleeve seems like a good option for you, we’ll go over pre-surgical details such as dietary changes you’ll need to make prior to surgery. All patients must stop smoking in the weeks leading up to surgery.
Your Gastric Sleeve Surgery
We perform gastric sleeve procedures at Sound Surgeons, which is our specialized and fully accredited surgical center. Gastric sleeve is typically an outpatient surgical procedure performed with general anesthesia. Your surgeon will remove part of the stomach and create a new, smaller stomach. Our surgeons are specially trained and highly experienced in laparoscopic techniques. This approach is less invasive as surgery is performed with long, skinny surgical instruments through very small incisions. Laparoscopic surgery offers a shorter and less painful recovery.
Recovery After Gastric Sleeve
You will be restricted from strenuous activity for several weeks after your sleeve procedure, but you’ll be able to resume many activities within a few days. You will receive guidance from your surgeon and our dietitian on your post-procedure diet. Patients are typically advised to follow a liquid diet for several days, followed by a diet of soft foods or pureed foods for several weeks.
Gastric Sleeve Results
Every individual patient will have unique results, but many gastric sleeve patients lose up to 70% of excess body weight. Your health and success will depend on your commitment to lifestyle changes, which our team will support you with. Our patients report feeling healthier, more active, and more confident.
Frequently Asked Questions
We enjoy providing the benefits and improved quality of life that surgeries can give to you. We offer the most advanced form of services, making these procedures available to the widest variety of patients possible. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation.