A sleeve gastrectomy removes a large portion of the stomach and creates a banana-shaped stomach attached to the intestines. This smaller stomach will allow patients to fill the small pouch quickly and feel fuller after eating a very small amount of food. This surgery generally takes less than two hours and is commonly performed laparoscopically.
Before a patient can be approved for this surgery, BayCare’s bariatric team will guide them through the consultation process, which includes a complete physical exam, blood tests to examine other medical disorders like diabetes and high blood pressure, recommend nutrition counseling, and a referral to pre and post-operative support groups and counselors.
The prognosis of this particular surgery is similar to that of a gastric bypass. The weight will come off slowly for up to three years after surgery.
Who is a candidate for sleeve gastrectomy?
Sleeve gastrectomy is an effective procedure for many individuals; however, not everyone will be an ideal candidate for this procedure. There is often specific criteria on each patient before they are approved for sleeve gastrectomy. Candidates who would benefit from a sleeve a gastrectomy would exhibit:
- High BMI
- 90 pounds overweight
- Between the ages 18 to 65
- Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and/or sleep apnea
- Tried a variety of diets without results
- Physical and psychological readiness
For the right candidate, this popular weight loss method can be a powerful tool to aid in a successful weight loss journey.