Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery, also called Gastric Sleeve or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), is a laparoscopic weight loss procedure, regularly performed by the bariatric surgeons and Dr. Sachin Kukreja at Minimally Invasive Surgical Associates. During the procedure, the surgeon makes multiple small incisions (each 1cm or smaller) in the upper abdomen. About 80 percent of the stomach is removed through the procedure, leaving behind a tube-shaped portion about the size and shape of a banana. The procedure induces weight loss by restricting the size of the stomach in such a way that it holds only a limited amount of food, which, in turn, makes patients eat less than before. It also changes the hormones that affect hunger and metabolism, resulting in weight loss. Unlike a Lap Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy is a straightforward procedure that does not entail the need for maintenance, and the complication rates are quite low. These operations are usually performed laparoscopically or robotically.
Why Opt for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
In Gastric Sleeve Surgery, a large portion of the stomach that is responsible for producing ghrelin or the “hunger hormone” is removed, thereby making the stomach anatomically smaller and feel full quicker. Gastric Sleeve Surgery is a convenient option for individuals who are extremely obese and for whom gastric bypass surgery may be too risky. It is a minimally invasive procedure with fewer reported cases of complications. It also has a faster recovery rate compared to gastric bypass surgery. However, it’s not just about weight loss. Patients see an immediate and durable improvement in their diabetes as well. We quote our patients a 60-70% diabetes resolution rate. Additionally, we see dramatic improvements in sleep apnea, high blood pressure, joint diseases, and other problems that are often associated with being overweight.
Are You a Candidate for Gastric Sleeve?
Generally, weight loss experts at our facility recommend restrictive bariatric surgeries such as Sleeve Gastrectomy to individuals who carry a BMI of 40 and above, or a BMI of 35 with associated health problems. Most insurance policies follow the same criteria. Sometimes Sleeve Gastrectomy is considered as the first of a two-stage operation in patients with a BMI of 50 and more. This way, surgeons can reduce a considerable amount of weight and make it safer for the patient to undergo a second surgery if necessary. Dr. Sachin Kukreja recommends Gastric Sleeve only when exercise, diet, and medication didn’t help patients in reducing weight.
What to Expect from Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Sleeve gastrectomy is known for its ability to bring rapid weight loss that is comparable to gastric bypass surgery in its effect. Individuals with morbid obesity can expect to lose 50 percent or even more of their excess weight in three years. Most of the weight is lost in the first 6-12 months. The procedure does not involve band implantation or re-routing of the digestive system. There are also less chances of food intolerance unlike in the case of gastric band. While the amount of weight loss between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass is more or less similar, the sleeve gastrectomy involves lower surgical risks.
Most patients spend one night in the hospital and are home the following morning. Pain typically resolves within a few days and patients maintain liquids for the first two weeks after surgery to allow the staples on the stomach to heal.
Contact Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery Experts in Dallas/Fort Worth!
If you are looking for a sleeve gastrectomy surgeon in the DFW who can help you get rid of obesity, contact Dr. Sachin Kukreja at Minimally Invasive Surgical Associates. To learn more about the treatment options available with us for obesity, or schedule an appointment, simply call 469-620-0222 or fill out our online appointment form and we will take it from there.