Patients who are not candidates for LAP-BAND® System surgery or gastric bypass may benefit from laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection. Our St. Louis bariatric surgeons perform this innovative procedure on those patients who are considered “super-obese,” a term applied to individuals weighing 500 pounds or more. Gastric sleeve surgery can also benefit patients afflicted with Crohn’s disease, osteoporosis, or anemia.
Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy)
Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the newer bariatric surgery procedures to help morbidly obese patients. It is generally performed on patients whose weight has surpassed the maximum amount required to be eligible for other surgical weight loss options. Typically, the idea of gastric sleeve surgery is to enable you to lose enough weight to qualify for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding, or other more traditional procedures. Sleeve gastrectomy involves removing a portion of the stomach and creating a “sleeve” which connects naturally to the small intestine, reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold.
Dr. Van L. Wagner and Dr. Jay M. Snow perform gastric sleeve bariatric surgery laparoscopically, using small instruments and minimal incisions that will reduce recovery time and cause less scarring than traditional techniques. About 60 percent of the stomach will be removed, resulting in a much smaller stomach pouch resembling a sleeve leading to the small intestine. This results in less food intake and a quicker feeling of fullness while eating.
You will likely experience some pain and discomfort in the days following gastric sleeve surgery; however, this can be managed with medication. You should be able to resume your normal daily routine after one week. Our bariatric surgery team at Heart of America Bariatrics will monitor your progress in the weeks and months following the procedure to make sure you are healing properly and recovering well. You should also understand that sleeve gastrectomy and other surgical weight loss procedures require significant changes in your diet. We offer a comprehensive aftercare program designed to help you through all aspects of fighting morbid obesity.
Please contact our bariatric surgeons to schedule a consultation to determine if gastric sleeve surgery or another weight loss procedure such as gastric bypass surgery is right for you.