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Bariatric surgery is a type of surgery that results in weight loss by restricting the size of the stomach, or the amount of food a person can eat before feeling full.

For more information on Bariatric Surgery at Healthpointe please visit the following pages:

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy (vertical sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy) is a procedure in which the stomach size is reduced to the shape of a tube (sleeve). Its purpose is to limit the amount of food your stomach hold and send signals to the brain so that you feel full earlier. This results in lower caloric intake, which leads to weight loss.

Unlike a gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy does not affect how food passes from the stomach to the small intestine – it simply reduces the size of the stomach.

How it Works

Patients who undergo a sleeve gastrectomy will be given general anesthesia. A sleeve gastrectomy is a minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedure. This means the operation involves only a few very small incisions. It is performed with the help of a tiny video camera. About 75-85% of the stomach is removed, leaving only the “tube” or “sleeve” portion. The surgery usually lasts about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the patient. The average size of the stomach after surgery is reported to be about 150 mL.

Sleeve gastrectomy does not bypass the intestines, so nutrients from food can be absorbed as they were before the surgery. It is also important to note that sleeve gastrectomy is not a quick fix – weight loss varies, but it can be as good as a gastric bypass without the potential complications.

Who Can Benefit?

Patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 plus medical conditions or a BMI of 40 or more without medical conditions are candidates to undergo sleeve gastrectomy. Sleeve gastrectomy can also be used as a bridge to gastric bypass. Once the sleeve gastrectomy is performed, patients usually wait about 12 to 18 months before undergoing the gastric bypass. For patients with lower BMIs, sleeve gastrectomy as the sole procedure can help aid in weight loss. Sleeve gastrectomy is irreversible – talk with a bariatric surgeon to determine if a sleeve is right for you.

Sleeve gastrectomy is intended for patients for whom exercise and diet alone have not helped with weight loss. It is not meant to replace diet and exercise after the procedure.

What to Expect After Surgery

The recovery time is 2-4 weeks, and patients often lose 70 to 80 percent of their excess weight within the first year. Weight loss varies from person to person. Common side effects are nausea, heartburn, ab pain, or infections, among others. Additionally, patients may experience blood clots, sleeve leaking, blood loss and breathing problems (due to the anesthesia), poor nutrition and esophageal spasms. However, the risks of a re-operation or complicated side effects are low, since no bypass is involved.

Ghrelin, the hormone that triggers appetite and hunger, is mostly removed during surgery. As a result, patients have significantly less hunger than they did prior to the surgery.

Healthpointe has top-of-the-line physicians and surgeons who are trained to provide treatment for obesity and its associated symptoms.

Sleeve gastrectomy in Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles County:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy in and near Anaheim
  • Sleeve gastrectomy in and near Colton
  • Sleeve gastrectomy in and near Corona
  • Sleeve gastrectomy in and near Garden Grove
  • Sleeve gastrectomy in and near Irwindale
  • Sleeve gastrectomy in and near La Mirada
  • Sleeve gastrectomy in and near Long Beach
  • Sleeve gastrectomy in and near Los Angeles
  • Sleeve gastrectomy in and near Ontario
  • Sleeve gastrectomy in and near Perris
  • Sleeve gastrectomy in and near Temecula

Contact Healthpointe Today!

To learn more about the bariatric surgery department at Healthpointe, or if sleeve gastrectomy is right for you, please schedule an appointment today!