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Sleeve Gastrectomy Specialist

Advanced Surgeons -  - Bariatric Surgery

Advanced Surgeons

Bariatric Surgery located in Valhalla, Poughkeepsie, & Carmel, NY

If you want to lose weight quickly and effectively, consider a sleeve gastrectomy. The procedure is safe and provides stunning results. At Advanced Surgeons, the expert bariatric surgeons have years of training and expertise. Following an in-office consultation, they can determine if a sleeve gastrectomy can benefit you. To make an appointment at the office in Valhalla, Carmel, or Poughkeepsie, New York, call or schedule online.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Q & A

What is sleeve gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of bariatric surgery that removes about 80% of your stomach. That makes your stomach about the size of a banana, limiting the amount of food it can hold. 

Perhaps even more important is that sleeve gastrectomy removes cells that make ghrelin, a hormone your body produces to signal hunger. 

Following sleeve gastrectomy, your stomach is smaller, and you aren’t as hungry. When combined, these factors equate to rapid weight loss and healthier living.

Who is a candidate for sleeve gastrectomy?

You’re a candidate for sleeve gastrectomy if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. You might also benefit if your BMI is 35 or higher and you have an underlying health problem like heart disease or diabetes. 

How do I prepare for sleeve gastrectomy?

Before recommending sleeve gastrectomy, your Advanced Surgeons provider conducts an exam and reviews your medical history. To see if you’re a candidate, they also order a number of tests, including blood work, liver function tests, and chest X-rays.

In the weeks leading up to surgery, your provider might also have you eat a low-calorie diet. That’s because losing weight before your procedure can improve the surgical outcome.

What does sleeve gastrectomy involve?

Sleeve gastrectomy is a minimally invasive surgery that takes place in a hospital setting. The procedure is about two hours and occurs under general anesthesia, so you won’t experience any pain.

During the operation, your Advanced Surgeons provider uses a laparoscope, a thin flexible tube with a bright light, and a high-definition camera on the end. 

They insert small, special tools through the laparoscope and remove a large portion of your stomach. Then, they close your stomach with staples, forming a banana-shaped pouch.

What are the benefits of sleeve gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy offers various benefits compared to other types of bariatric surgery, including:

  • No prosthesis or medical devices are necessary
  • Allows for normal stomach function
  • Leaves intestines intact
  • Less pain
  • Smaller incisions
  • Quicker recovery

In addition, sleeve gastrectomy significantly reduces the risk of complications.

What is recovery like after sleeve gastrectomy?

Following sleeve gastrectomy, it takes about three months to fully recover. For the first few weeks, it’s normal to experience swelling, pain, and bruising. 

You eat a liquid diet for the first eight weeks and transition to more solid food over time. Closely adhere to your provider’s instructions and attend each of your checkups.

To learn more about sleeve gastrectomy, make an appointment at Advanced Surgeons by calling the nearest office today or booking online.