Posted - July 20, 2014

Gastric Sleeve: Amy

Gastric Sleeve

I had severe heel pain and during my last physical, they thought they heard a hole in my heart. I had it checked out and everything was fine. However, everything that seemed to go wrong, I associated it with my excessive weight.

I chose the Gastric Sleeve surgery because I felt it was a bit less invasive. I was hesitant with surgery at first but Dr. Ayoola answered all the questions I had and i was able to feel confident in the decision we made.

I feel so much better now that I’ve had the surgery. It really is the best decision I’ve ever made.

I look forward to family vacations now and spending more time with my family. Whether it’s sports or just day to day activities that i know will be so much easier now that I’ve lost the weight and will continue to lose more and be so much healthier.

Amy had a really great recovery. She has come back to the office for her post op and  her 3 month and 6 month visits. she’s had excellent weight loss and feels great. Her energy level is higher and she’s lost about 70 lbs.*

~ Dr. Ayoola

Gastric Sleeve

During a sleeve gastrectomy (also called gastric sleeve, vertical gastrectomy, restrictive vertical gastroplasty, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy) we divide the stomach vertically with a line of staples and remove a large portion of it using minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery. The remaining stomach is a long tube shaped like a very slender banana. It can hold between 1 and 5 ounces.

The surgery helps you lose weight by restricting the amount of food (and, therefore, calories) that can be eaten at one time. The part of the stomach that is removed secretes a hormone called ghrelin which is partly responsible for appetite and hunger. Due to the decreased amount of ghrelin, sleeve gastrectomy patients experience a loss or reduction in appetite. This loss of appetite induced by sleeve gastrectomy surgery helps them achieve weight loss.

The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive weight loss procedure.

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