Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery for Weight Loss at Medical City Plano
The Sleeve Gastrectomy is a purely restrictive procedure, whereby it limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time.
A gastric “sleeve” is created by removing 80% of the stomach. This limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. No changes are made to the remainder of the intestines which allows for normal digestion and absorption. Ghrelin producing cells are reduced with the removal of a portion of the stomach thus diminishing the sensation of hunger. It does not require implanting an artificial device in the abdomen. Due to the nature of this surgery it is a non-reversible procedure.
Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
- Patients can expect to lose 70% of their excess weight at the end of one year.
- Weight loss begins immediately.
- Diminished sensation of hunger — patients often feel less hungry and state the desire to eat is reduced.
- Does not require implanting an artificial device in the abdomen.
- Does not require manipulation as with the adjustable gastric band.
Risks of sleeve gastrectomy
- Leaks can occur and may be from staple lines or due to poor healing.
- Vitamin and mineral deficiency can occur therefore patients are encouraged to take vitamin supplementation. It is recommended that all patients have their vitamin levels checked at regular intervals.
- Intolerance to certain foods can occur. It is recommended that patients speak with the Registered Dietitian working with their surgeon's office if they are experiencing this.
- Weight gain can occur if patients do not comply with the appropriate dietary guidelines. It is recommended that all patients follow up at regular intervals during the first year and yearly thereafter with their surgeon's office. The best prevention to weight gain is early identification of maladaptive behaviors and modifying them.