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Sleeve Gastrectomy

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This procedure was featured in the Fall 2013 issue of St. Elizabeth Healthcare's InTouch magazine. Please click here to read the article.


Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (SG) is the combination of two surgical procedures aimed at treating super-morbidly obese patients, for whom gastric bypass is too dangerous. Currently, it is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery at St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center, and is rapidly emerging as the nation's most popular.

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive (decreases food intake by making the stomach smaller) surgical weight loss procedure that limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner. In this procedure, a thin, vertical sleeve (about the size of a banana) of stomach is created and the rest of the stomach (approximately 2/3) is stapled shut and removed. The smaller stomach size ensures smaller amounts of food can be eaten at one time and makes you feel full longer. Sleeve Gastrectomy can cause an average loss of 55% of excess weight.

Patients who choose sleeve gastrectomy are routinely enrolled in medial weight loss programs before surgery and all must attend classes on subjects like bariatric nutrition and life changes associated with weight loss. This holistic approach nets better long-term success for everyone.

Benefits:

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (SG) is the combination of two surgical procedures aimed at treating super-morbidly obese patients, for whom gastric bypass is too dangerous. Currently, it is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery at St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center, and is rapidly emerging as the nation's most popular.Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive (decreases food intake by making the stomach smaller) surgical weight loss procedure that limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner. In this procedure, a thin, vertical sleeve (about the size of a banana) of stomach is created and the rest of the stomach (approximately 2/3) is stapled shut and removed. The smaller stomach size ensures smaller amounts of food can be eaten at one time and makes you feel full longer. Sleeve Gastrectomy can cause an average loss of 55% of excess weight.Patients who choose sleeve gastrectomy are routinely enrolled in medial weight loss programs before surgery and all must attend classes on subjects like bariatric nutrition and life changes associated with weight loss. This holistic approach nets better long-term success for everyone.
  • Limits the amount of food that can be eaten and reduces the desire to eat, leading to weight loss
  • Allows for normal digestion/absorption
  • Results in resolution of or improvement in diabetes, high sholesterol and sleep apnea
  • Total operative time averages about 1 hour and patients are typically discharged the next day.
  • Unlike gastric bypass, this procedure preserves the natural flow through the intestinal tract – the digestive route of foods and liquids. This allows patients to not only feel as if they’ve had a more natural meal, but they avoid the dreaded dumping syndrome (intense feeling of being ill because of simple sugars or fat) associated with gastric bypass.

Risks:
In addition to the general risks that accompany all surgeries, this procedure may potentially cause leaks along the staple line.



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