Gastric sleeve surgery is a popular weight loss solution because it is designed to help you to feel fuller, thus eliminating your desire to eat as much or as often.
Dr. Shawn Garber, MD is a nation-wide leader in performing gastric sleeve surgery.
The New York Bariatric Group is proud to be among the first and only surgeons in the area that now offer virtually scarless single incision sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve surgery, performed completely through the umbilicus. This results in improved cosmesis and quicker recovery when you choose sleeve gastrectomy. Another benefit to vertical sleeve gastrectomy is that most patients usually spend only one night in the hospital, while the recovery time for bypass surgeries is longer. Ask your surgeon if you qualify for the new virtually scarless SILS sleeve gastrectomy.
Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery is a simpler procedure to perform than gastric bypass, resulting in lower complications and faster recovery times. Because we are not changing the gastrointestinal track, it decreases the chances of complications like vitamin deficiencies that occur with gastric bypass surgery. Patients can lose weight similar to gastric bypass surgery, over a significantly shorter time.
Also, the section of your stomach that is responsible for producing the hormone Ghrelin is taken out. This hormone stimulates feelings of hunger, so after the procedure, you can be confident that your hunger levels and thus your food intake will decrease. The surgery also reduces the volume of your stomach, thus making you feel full more quickly.
Another benefit of this surgery is that your stomach will continue to function normally. As a result, you can still eat most of your favorite foods with no worries about suffering from dumping syndrome, which is characterized by abdominal discomfort and other related symptoms. You also do not have to worry about foreign bodies being implanted in you, as is the case with lap band surgery.
Disadvantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve resection is considered a new operation and therefore long-term data is not available. Because a long tube is created with a lot of resistance it does severely limit the amount of food that a patient can eat. Sleeve gastrectomy does have higher complication rates than the adjustable gastric banding procedure, due to the risk of leaks from the staple lines.
It is also worth noting that you have a greater chance of not losing as much weight as you desire or even regaining weight with this procedure compared with bypass surgeries. The gastric sleeve procedure is also irreversible. Any form of gastric surgery carries risks; we are happy to go over these with you and you may ask any questions you might have so that you can feel confident about your weight loss procedure decision.
Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)
This is an advanced minimally invasive approach in which the surgeon operates exclusively via a single entry point through the “belly button.”
Single incision sleeve gastrectomy surgery involves less pain and little or no scarring. Since there is no need to cut through the stomach muscle, recovery time is significantly shorter, while the cosmetic results are amazing. Most patients have no visible scars after this surgery.
Thanks to the combination of our expertise, cutting-edge technology, and unparalleled skills, we have achieved successful gastric sleeve results time and time again, and we can deliver these same results to you. Gastric sleeve gastrectomy is just one of many options you have for bariatric surgical procedures. Contact the New York Bariatric Group at 800.633.8446 to learn more.