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Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS): Virtually Scarless Sleeve Gastrectomy

When science makes our lives easier and better, what’s not to like?

The New York Bariatric Group is proud to be among the first and only surgeons in the area to perform single-incision sleeve gastrectomies. With just one incision through the belly button, recovery times are quicker, and there is virtually no scar.

In most cases, patients spend just one night in the hospital following the procedure.  And since there is no need to cut through stomach muscle, there is less pain.

Not too long ago, weight-loss surgeries required a long incision, which, of course, would leave a large scar.  Then came laparoscopic surgery, known as minimally invasive surgery, which involves multiple small incisions, each a few centimeters long, and the use of a tiny camera, enabling the surgeon to visualize the surgery and to cut less tissue.

Single-incision laparoscopic surgery — or SILS — is even less invasive.

We already have done several hundred SILS lap band cases, so we have extensive experience with the approach. It is only in the past year that single-incision sleeve gastrectomies have become more common. New York Bariatric Group surgeons are among a select group in the country now offering this procedure. About 40 percent of our patients are now choosing this option. As a group, we have performed about 100 single-incision sleeve gastrectomies, and these patients have been doing very well.

Virtually Scarless Single Incision Sleeve Gastrectomy

Single-incision sleeve gastrectomies are simpler to perform than gastric bypass operations, resulting in lower complication rates.

During surgery, about 75 to 80 percent of the volume of the stomach is removed, while maintaining the natural openings into and out of the stomach.  Because the gastrointestinal track is not changed, the chances of complications like vitamin deficiencies that can occur with gastric bypass surgery are decreased.

The data shows that the overall weight loss with sleeve gastrectomy is similar to gastric bypass. The weight loss helps patients get rid of their medical problems.  Because a long tube is created with a lot of resistance, it does severely limit the amount of food that a patient can eat, which contributes to sustained weight loss.

The disadvantage of a sleeve gastrectomy is that because it is a relatively new operation, long-term data is not yet available.

Minimally invasive surgery is a scientific advance that has improved the quality of life for many.  Ask your surgeon if you qualify for the new virtually scarless, single-incision sleeve gastrectomy by calling our office at (516) 616-5500 or, if you prefer, click on “Live Chat” in the upper left corner of your screen to have a conversation now.

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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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