As a caring and compassionate organization, DHR Health Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at offers the resources and tools you need to learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and other weight loss procedures.
How Is Gastric Sleeve Bariatric Surgery Performed?
Surgeons most commonly perform a sleeve gastrectomy using laparoscopic methods, although open surgery may be necessary for some patients. For laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery, doctors make several small incisions in the abdomen to allow for insertion of a small camera and long instruments into the body. Once in place, doctors use these instruments and camera to complete the procedure in one to two hours.
About 75% of the stomach is removed in sleeve gastrectomy surgery. The remaining stomach forms a sleeve or narrow tube. Sleeve gastrectomy surgery leaves the intestines entirely in place.
Patients will spend a few hours in recovery after sleeve gastrectomy surgery. Most patients will remain overnight in the hospital, though some may be discharged sooner. Most patients will be able to return to normal activities within a week to 10 days after surgery.
How does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Lead to Weight Loss?
Gastric sleeve bariatric surgery, or sleeve gastrerectomy, decreases the size of the stomach, limiting the amount of food the stomach can hold. Limiting the amount of food a person can eat at one time decreases calories the body takes in, which leads weight loss. Since the intestines are left intact, nutrient absorption is not reduced. After sleeve gastrectomy surgery most people feel full faster and continue to feel full for hours after eating even a small portion.
Sleeve gastrectomy surgery also promotes weight loss by leading to decreased production of the “hunger hormone.” When the stomach size is reduced less of the “hunger hormone” is produced and the desire to eat is lessened.
What Are the Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Minimally invasive, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery typically promotes a faster recovery time. It also reduces complications from nutrient deficiency seen in other forms of bariatric procedures. Sleeve gastrectomy surgery is a rapid weight loss solution ideal for obese patients with well-documented benefits.
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There are a couple of ways to begin your weight loss journey. You can attend a bariatric seminar – either in-person or online – and if you are not yet ready for a seminar, you can proceed without registering for either.
Our In-Person Bariatric Seminars are held several times a month in various locations. At the Seminar, you will listen to one of our surgeons as they describe morbid obesity and the surgical options used to treat this disease. There will be time at the end for questions and answers. The Seminar is designed to provide you with all the information needed to make an informed decision about weight loss surgery, and usually lasts between one to two hours. You are encouraged to bring a support person with you to this Seminar.
Education is a large part of a successful bariatric procedure. With so many options to consider, a thorough understanding of the bariatric procedure is critical to finding an opportunity that’s best for you.
At DHR Health Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, we’re dedicated to helping you make the right decisions for your health. With our in-person weight loss seminars, you can explore exactly what our facility has to offer. Ask questions, get answers, and meet our team!
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