Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a weight loss surgery that has dramatically increased in popularity over recent years. The procedure offers many benefits compared to gastric bypass surgery and lap band surgery.
Gastric sleeve surgery is a procedure that removes most of your stomach, leaving approximately 25% intact. As the capacity of your stomach is vastly reduced, it can only hold a small portion of food. You will feel full after eating much less food and be less hungry between meals. Weight loss begins as soon as you have had the procedure.
What Are the Benefits?
Gastric sleeve surgery is a great option for patients who are obese (BMI> 30). The procedure can help obese patients manage diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, and heart disease or stroke.
Gastric sleeve surgery causes a decrease in appetite. Due to the reduced size of the stomach, this can reduce the amount of “hunger hormone” produced by the stomach, which contributes to weight loss after this procedure.
The noted benefits of the procedure are:
Reduced surgery times
Fewer cases of “dumping syndrome”
Does not require changes to the intestines
Patients may lose weight in as little as 18 months
Does not require adjustments
Requires no synthetic objects inside the body
What Should I Expect From Gastric Sleeve Procedure?
We perform endoscopic and laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery.
Endoscopic gastric sleeve surgery (ESG)
ESG is one of the more recent developments in gastric sleeve procedures. Rather than removing a portion of the stomach, sutures are used to make the stomach smaller by approximately 70% to 80%.
Endoscopic gastric sleeve surgery is a new type of weight-loss procedure. The doctor reduces the size of the stomach with an endoscopic device without the need for surgical intervention. This minimally invasive procedure reduces the potential risk of complications compared to surgery.
This 90-minute procedure is performed using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera, and an attached endoscopic device. An endoscope is inserted into the stomach through the mouth. The tiny camera allows the doctor working with the endoscope to act in the stomach without incisions. Using an endoscope, the doctor places approximately 12 sutures into the stomach. Sutures alter the structure of the stomach, leaving it in the shape of a tube. This limits the number of calories your body usually absorbs.
Most patients go home the same day after recovering from sedation. For some people, it may take 1 day to stay in a hospital under the supervision of a doctor after the procedure.
Like other weight loss procedures, the endoscopic procedure requires following a healthy lifestyle, diet, and sports to ensure the long-term success of endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty.
Laparoscopic gastric sleeve
LSG surgery is the more traditional technique in which approximately 85% of the stomach is removed, then the patient will experience less hunger and feel full faster.
This procedure includes five or six small incisions on the abdomen and is performed using a video camera (laparoscope) and long instruments that pass through these small incisions. It is absolutely safe, the only risk is possible mild bleeding.
LSG surgery takes about 2 hours. Most people stay in the hospital for about 2 days after surgery.
In the first 2 years after laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery, most people will lose between 40% and 50% of their body weight. If your BMI before surgery is 60 or more, you may lose up to 125 pounds.
How Long Do the Results Last?
During the first few months after the procedure, the most dramatic weight loss occurs. The amount of weight you lose also depends on how much you can change your lifestyle habits.
The results of an endoscopic gastric sleeve surgery may last up to 24 months. For patients who have laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery, the results can last a lifetime by following a healthy lifestyle.
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Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer gastric sleeve surgery for men and women in Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia. To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation.