Sleeve Gastrectomy (also known as Gastric Sleeve)
Gastric Sleeve surgery is currently the most commonly performed weight loss procedure in Houston. Sleeve gastrectomy has gained great popularity over the past few years because of its effectiveness and simplicity.
How is gastric sleeve surgery performed?
Sleeve gastrectomy is performed laparoscopically (through tiny incisions). The surgery involves transecting 85% of the stomach. The intestines are not re-routed (like gastric bypass surgery). As a result, there is no risk of internal hernia or marginal ulcer formation. This makes the sleeve almost risk free on the long run. The lack of long-term side effects is a major advantage for sleeve gastrectomy when compared to gastric bypass and duodenal switch surgery.
How does the sleeve work?
Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive and metabolic procedure. The volume of gastric sleeve is very small hence your meal size is no more than half to one full cup. However, restriction alone is not enough for weight loss. Sleeve surgery curbs your hunger, decreases food cravings and boosts your metabolism. This is secondary to hormonal changes like ghrelin also known as the hunger hormone.
Is gastric sleeve surgery a good option for me?
Many factors are taken into consideration when deciding whether or not you are a good candidate for sleeve gastrectomy. After thorough assessment and physical examination, Dr. Darido will discuss the various treatment options that will be of benefit to you. Around 70% of our patients qualify for gastric sleeve surgery.
Who should perform your gastric sleeve in Houston?
It is extremely important to choose a knowledgeable bariatric surgeon to perform your sleeve. Why? Incomplete gastric resection results in inadequate weight loss. The most important aspect of sleeve gastrectomy is the resection of the ballooning part of the stomach also called gastric fundus. The gastric fundus is that part of the stomach that stretches to accommodate an ingested meal. The gastric fundus also secretes the hunger hormone called Ghrelin. Incomplete gastric fundus resection will not result in the restriction and hormone change needed to achieve adequate weight loss.
How much does sleeve surgery cost?
Surgery cost varies depending on your insurance plan. Our insurance and finance specialists are available to answer all your financial questions.
What is my recovery time?
You will usually spend a night or two in the hospital after surgery. It takes around 10 days before you can go back to work.
Lets get started
If you would like to learn more about sleeve surgery, we encourage you to contact our office for a private consultation. During this relaxed and informative session, you will get to meet Dr. Darido and learn whether sleeve gastrectomy surgery can work for you.