What Is a Gastric Sleeve?

What Is a Gastric Sleeve?

The time is here. You’ve made the decision to address your weight issue through surgery. But which option is right for you? What’s best for your goals?

The gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy) is among the most popular, with about 150,000 performed each year in the United States. However, when choosing bariatric surgery, you want the best physician who has extensive experience. That’s why you should look no further. 

Here, at The Bariatric Experts in Frisco or Abilene, Texas, the gastric sleeve is our most popular procedure. Board-certified surgeon Dr. Scott Stowers has performed thousands of surgeries and has extensive knowledge and expertise to give you the outcome you’re anticipating. 

He and our team also offer a kind, bedside manner, where you have the liberty to ask questions at any time and discuss any concerns you might have. Your experience and success are at the heart of what we do.

Gastric sleeve surgery explained

The goal of the surgery is to remove a large portion of your stomach, but still keep it functioning. The results of the procedure provide a small, narrow tunnel or “sleeve” to reduce your calorie intake and decrease your hunger signals throughout the day.

At our practice, Dr. Stowers performs your surgery laparoscopically or robotically, removing about 80% of your stomach. 

To perform your surgery, Dr. Stowers makes small incisions that cause very little scarring. He then inserts a laparoscopic camera to see the inside of your stomach. He then inserts special medical tools to remove the outer curvature of your stomach. Once removed, he staples the remaining portion into a sleeve-like shape, somewhat similar to the size of a banana.

You’re under anesthesia for your procedure, and it only takes about an hour. Though you don’t have to worry about a lengthy recovery with this type of surgery, we require an overnight stay in the hospital to monitor your progress.

How a gastric sleeve works

When we reduce the size of your stomach with gastric sleeve surgery, the amount of food and calories you can eat in one sitting is limited, simply because you feel full quickly. In addition, the results of the procedure also enhance your metabolism by reducing your stomach’s hunger hormone called ghrelin. Overall, your appetite and cravings decrease.

Benefits of a gastric sleeve

A gastric sleeve procedure offers numerous benefits. Here are some of the issues it can relieve:

Gastric sleeve surgery also plays a role in influencing multiple hormones in your body that can increase your metabolism, resulting in even greater weight loss.

How you play a role in your success

When approaching weight loss surgery, your proactive role is key to having a successful experience. The surgery won’t do all the work. View the process as having a partnership with your surgery. Once you have a gastric sleeve, you’re committed to it for the rest of your life that can give you a high quality of life.

Weight loss results vary from person-to-person. However, when you commit to the required diet and exercise plan we provide after your surgery, you can lose up to 35-45% of your body weight in about 12-18 months.

Is a gastric sleeve right for you?

During your initial consultation, we evaluate the condition of your health, learn about your health history, and listen to your goals. If we determine that you’re a candidate for surgery, we tell you what to expect before, during, and after your surgery. There’s no doubt that gastric sleeve surgery can change your life long-term.

Choosing weight loss surgery is a big decision. If you’re thinking about taking this step, don’t hesitate to book a consultation with our team. Call us today at 940-577-2090 (ext. 1), or click here to book an appointment. Or, if you simply want to ask questions, email us at tbe@expertsurgical.com.

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