By Stephen G. Boyce, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Bariatric Surgeon, New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, in which approximately three-fourths of the stomach is removed and a narrow gastric tube is created, is the most popular bariatric surgical procedure in the United States. It is considered a quicker, less complicated surgery than gastric bypass, the long-time “gold standard” for bariatric surgery. Sleeve gastrectomy restricts food intake, but the intestines are not removed or bypassed during the procedure.
While sleeve gastrectomy is effective for many people, there will be patients who don’t lose adequate weight or the sleeve fails. Among the options patients may consider when a sleeve gastrectomy fails is to re-sleeve, or convert to the Duodenal Switch procedure.
Obesity is associated with the leading causes of death worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. Weight-loss surgery can be a great option for those struggling with morbid obesity and experience obesity-related complications. Weight-loss surgery, including both gastric sleeve and lap band operations, achieves weight loss in patients by altering the […]
If you are planning to have the gastric sleeve procedure it is important to be aware of the necessary lifestyle modifications and adjustments that you are required to make following surgery. Knowing what to expect after the procedure can help you to optimize your recovery and weight loss. This article will provide an inside look […]
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