Dramatic and rapid weight loss is the goal of the gastric sleeve procedure. After sleeve gastrectomy, the patient is able to fill his or her smaller stomach with a dramatically reduced amount of food (only a few ounces), yet still feel satisfied. This allows patients to lose weight much more quickly than they could before the surgery.
By performing a laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery (through very small incisions), our physician can minimize scarring and dramatically reduce patient recovery time. This allows patients to begin their new diet and exercise routines as soon as possible.
For morbidly obese patients, dramatic weight loss can result in improved circulation, resolution of diabetes, reduced blood pressure and cholesterol, and even sleep apnea revision. In cases where a patient has a very high BMI, sleeve gastrectomy may occasionally be followed by more intensive gastric bypass surgery.
Because gastric sleeve procedure is performed laparoscopically, patients typically have a reduced risk of infection or complications when compared to an open surgery procedure. However, complications such as stomach leakage and gastrointestinal problems are associated with all restrictive weight loss surgery procedures.