Posted - February 26, 2014

Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric Sleeve

Today most people suffer from obesity because of lifestyle choices, sub optimal diet and lack of exercise. As a result, they might suffer from ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, thyroid, high cholesterol and hypertension. To address this, many join fitness centers while others get themselves enrolled in weight loss programs and take diet pills. In cases where these options have failed to reduce body weight weight loss procedures like the sleeve gastrectomy can make a difference.

What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy, also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve, is a kind of weight loss surgery in which about 75% of stomach is removed. After the surgery what remains is a sleeved or cylindrical shaped stomach with a capacity of 60 cc to 150 cc. This kind of weight loss surgery helps in restricting the intake of food. The portion of stomach that is removed also secretes ghrelin, a hormone responsible for hunger and appetite. Reduction of ghrelin therefore reduces the instances of hunger and suppresses the appetite. There are many positive things about this surgery and people have experienced dramatic health improvements.

Advantages of the surgery

Apart from weight loss and getting a new look, there are many other benefits from sleeve gastrectomy. These include:

  1. Use of laparoscopic technique. The procedure is short and majority of people will have a very brief stay in the hospital. After the surgery, patients feel less pain due to the use of laparoscopic technique. Scars will be smaller in comparison to open surgeries. Because of smaller scars, healing will be even faster and thus patients recover much quicker.
  2. Diseases related to being obese require very expensive treatment. Medicine for disease such as high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and heart disease are expensive. On the other hand sleeve gastrectomy needs only a one time invest and patients will get a healthier body. After surgery all you need to do is maintain your new weight with the help our passionate and very experienced staff.
  3. As mentioned earlier, in the process of sleeve gastrectomy, ghrelin is removed. Because of this, patients experience a reduction in appetite. This helps in managing weight. The remaining stomach has a certain ability to stretch. This stretching will make you feel full even after consuming very little amount of food and this feeling will last longer.
  4. Stomach sleeve weight loss surgery is very effective. You will notice a drastic change within a short period. If you want the Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery, Texas has medical centers with weight loss specialists who can perform this surgery safely and efficiently.

ATTENTION patients of Dr. Al-Kalla

Dr. Al-Kalla will be leaving Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas at the end of July. If you would like continue as his patient, please let us know and we can assist in getting your medical records transferred.

You may also choose to stay with Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas and we’ll gladly transfer your care to another provider on staff.

Thank you.