Sleeve Gastrectomy

The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) has replaced the gastric bypass as the most effective and reliable surgical stapling tool offered by BBSA.

In this minimally invasive procedure, the camera and instruments are inserted through small incisions to remove the outer 85% of your stomach, converting your stomach into a thin, narrow “sleeve” or tube. No foreign bodies, post-operative adjusmtments, or re-routing of your intestines is required. Your smaller stomach holds much less food and allows you to get full on small portions. The smaller stomach results in decreased production of Ghrelin, thereby reducing appetite and hunger sensation. The flow of food is normal as there is no re-routing of the intestines like with gastric bypass. Weight loss is rapid in our sleeve patients, averaging about 70% of excess body weight, usually in the first year. Our data suggests sleeve patients lose about 2% more weight after two years than our bypass patients.







Advantages of the Sleeve Gastrectomy:

  • Fast weight loss similar to or greater than gastric bypass.
  • Similar rapid improvement in co-morbidities (including diabetes) as gastric bypass.
  • Safer than gastric bypass in the short- and long-term.
  • Stomach volume is permanently reduced.
  • Decreased hunger and appetite for approximately 6 months (similar to gastric bypass).
  • No Dumping Syndrome.
  • Can be converted to other weight loss procedures (staged).
  • No adjustments required.
  • No foreign body issues (slip or erosion).
  • No need for life-long specialized vitamins and supplements.

Disadvantages of the Sleeve Gastrectomy:

  • Higher incidence of post-operative gastric reflux than bypass.
  • As with any surgical procedures, there are risks that include:
    wound infection, respiratory complications, bleeding, splenectomy, bowel injury, DVT/Pulmonary embolism, gastrointestinal leaks, stroke, heart attack and death.
  • Diet progression is similar to bypass. Patients start with liquids and protein supplements, and slowly add foods to their diet over the next several months.

Please contact us call us at 859.543.1577 to learn more about how Bluegrass Bariatrics can help you and/or your loved ones today.

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