Gastric Sleeve Surgery
The gastric sleeve surgery procedure in Mexico – also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy is the gold standard procedure for bariatric surgery.
Restrictive operations like gastric sleeve surgery make the stomach smaller and help people lose weight. With a smaller stomach, you will feel full a lot quicker than you are used to. This means that you will need to make big lifelong changes in how you eat-including smaller portion sizes and different foods-in order to lose weight.
What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Description: Removes part of the stomach and creates a new, tube-shaped stomach or “sleeve.” This is sometimes referred to as a “weight loss sleeve.” Surgery is irreversible.
Method: In most cases, your bariatric surgeon will perform this gastric sleeve procedure laparoscopically, making several small 1/4- to 1/2-inch abdominal incisions.
How you lose weight: Reduces the size of the stomach and restricts the amount of food you can eat at one time, helping you feel full sooner.
Weight loss: Weight loss is slower than gastric bypass. Expect to lose 60 to 70 percent of excess body weight within 12 to 18 months after surgery.
Surgery time: About an hour.
Hospital stay: Two to three days.
Recovery time: Two to four weeks.
Gastric Sleeve Procedure
Although the number of stand-alone weight loss gastric sleeve procedures is increasing, many times this gastric sleeve operation is a first step in a two-part process.
After a few years, most people lose enough weight to complete the second step of the process — typically with the duodenal switch procedure — for further weight loss.
What to Expect During Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
After you receive general anesthesia, Dr. Jaime Ponce de Leon will:
- Make several small incisions on your abdomen to insert the laparoscope — a tool with a light and a tiny camera that sends pictures to a nearby computer monitor.
- Remove about three-quarters of your stomach along the outside curvature.
- Create a new stomach in the shape of a thin tube or “sleeve.”
- The sleeve spans the original distance from the esophagus to the small intestine.
- The pyloric valve — the normal outlet that controls the release of food from the stomach to the small intestine — continues to function normally.
Weight Loss After Gastric Sleeve
Typically people who have sleeve gastrectomy surgery lose 55% or more of their excess body weight within the first year.
Studies have shown that after sleeve gastrectomy people show improvement in diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea within one to two years.
Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
- Laparoscopic approach.
- No intestinal re-routing.
- Reduces stomach capacity and allows the stomach to function normally so most food items can be consumed, in small amounts.
- Eliminates the portion of the stomach that produces the hormones that stimulates hunger (Ghrelin).
- Dumping syndrome is avoided.
- Minimizes the risk of an ulcer forming.
- Reduces the risk of intestinal obstruction (blockage), marginal ulcers, anemia, osteoporosis, protein deficiency and vitamin deficiency.
- Appealing option for people who are concerned about the risks of intestinal bypass procedures.
- Appealing option for people who are concerned about having an implanted medical device.
- Small incisions and minimal scarring.