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.
How much does a gastric sleeve cost? As a weight loss surgery patient myself, I know this question is at the top of the list. But it isn’t a simple question to answer as there are different things that can affect that final fateful number. Not to worry! You’ve got options. Insurance If you’ve got […]
Causes of Sharp left side pain or abdominal pain after gastric bypass Abdominal pain or left side pain is something that you may experience after having gastric bypass surgery. It is estimated that more than 50% of postoperative complaints and emergency room visits following gastric bypass surgery are related to abdominal pain. There are a […]
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