A sleeve gastrectomy, also known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), is a bariatric surgical procedure. During this procedure, your surgeon removes about 80% of your stomach, leaving you with a narrow gastric sleeve about the size and shape of a banana.
Reducing the size of your stomach limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full quickly. The surgical procedure also affects the production of hunger hormones in the stomach, reducing your appetite.
Schedule a consultation at AZ Weight Loss Clinic to see if you’re a candidate for the sleeve gastrectomy. The team conducts a thorough history and physical to determine what weight loss method makes the best choice for you.
They may consider you a candidate for a bariatric surgical procedure like the sleeve gastrectomy if your attempts to lose weight with diet and exercise fail and you:
A sleeve gastrectomy permanently changes the structure of your stomach and how you eat. Before going ahead with surgery, the team may start dietary counseling to make sure you’re ready for significant lifestyle changes.
The AZ Weight Loss Clinic team customizes your sleeve gastrectomy surgical plan and reviews the details with you at your pre-surgical visit. When possible, they use laparoscopic surgery to reduce incision sizes and minimize your recovery time.
During the procedure, your surgeon uses surgical staples to create the gastric sleeve and removes the large, curved section of your stomach.
Though results vary, you can lose as much as 60% of your excess body weight within two years of your sleeve gastrectomy. The amount of weight you lose depends on your diet and lifestyle.
The team at AZ Weight Loss Clinic works closely with you as you transition to your regular diet following the procedure, helping you make the lifestyle changes that lead to long-term success.
In addition to weight loss, your sleeve gastrectomy also improves any weight-related health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
To learn more about the sleeve gastrectomy, call AZ Weight Loss Clinic or schedule an appointment online at the office nearest you today.