Bariatric surgery is one of the most effective tools to fight obesity. The gastric sleeve, or a sleeve gastrectomy, has become the most requested and performed bariatric surgery in the U.S. The gastric sleeve reduces the size of the stomach and appetite to give patients the tools needed to lose an extensive amount of weight. Danny Shouhed, M.D. is a board certified bariatric surgeon with outstanding success performing minimally-invasive sleeve gastrectomy through his practice in Los Angeles.
How Does the Gastric Sleeve Work?
A sleeve gastrectomy removes up to 80% of the stomach, creating a banana-shaped tube versus a large pouch. In addition, the gastric fundus, which makes the majority of the hunger hormone ghrelin, is removed, reducing appetite. The surgery is simpler and has less changes to the gastrointestinal anatomy than the traditional gastric bypass procedure. The surgery can usually be performed using laparoscopic techniques, making it minimally-invasive for the patient.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Patients who undergo the gastric sleeve procedure can lose up to 70% of their excess weight in about one year, but results can vary. Good candidates for sleeve gastrectomy are morbidly obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. Patients who have GERD or acid reflux may be better suited to gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Shouhed can discuss the different types of bariatric surgeries available and if the gastric sleeve is right for you.
Sleeve gastrectomy is an effective weight loss tool that has improved the health and quality of life for thousands of patients each year. Dr. Shouhed has had exceptional success performing sleeve gastrectomy with almost no patients with leaks or other complications. To learn more about minimally-invasive sleeve gastrectomy and if it is right for you, contact our office in Los Angeles. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Shouhed to discuss the gastric sleeve procedure.