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How Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Different From Other Bariatric Procedures?

Once you have decided to take positive action towards regaining your health and losing your excess weight through bariatric surgery, the next and often-difficult task is to decide on which procedure is best for you. Each of the different surgeries has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. It’s always a good idea to discuss all of the options with your surgeon to review in detail the benefits and risks of all the procedures available to you, so that you may arrive at an informed decision about which one suits you best.

What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Performed laparoscopically, gastric sleeve surgery features the surgeon shrinking the stomach into a narrow tube with the use of surgical staples. The volume of the stomach is thereby reduced by roughly 75%; limiting the volume of food a patient will be able to eat post-surgery.

Gastric Sleeve vs. Adjustable Lap Band

Like the gastric sleeve, the lap band also limits the amount of food the patient can eat. In this case, it is achieved with an adjustable band that is placed around the top portion of the stomach, constricting it and creating a small pouch. Patients can expect similar weight loss results from both procedures. In terms of risks and side effects, the gastric sleeve has shown to have slightly higher complication rates due to the risk of leaks along the staple line.

Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass procedures also surgically alter the size and shape of the stomach by dividing a small pouch at the top of the stomach. Additionally, the connection to the small intestine is altered, bypassing a length of the intestine. An advantage that gastric bypass surgery has is that, in addition to limiting the amount of food a patient can eat, the surgery diminishes the body’s ability to absorb calories in food by directing it away from a large section of the stomach and a portion of the small intestine. Since the gastrointestinal tract is not similarly altered in the gastric sleeve surgery, it has fewer chances of complications than gastric bypass surgery.

Surgery with Little or No Scarring

One of the advantages the sleeve gastrectomy has that many of our patients are most enthusiastic about is that, in most cases it can be performed as a single incision laparoscopic surgery. That means is can be performed via one small incision through the belly button. Because it is less invasive, the result is a much faster recovery and leaves little or no visible scarring at all.

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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