Sleeve Gastrectomy in Dallas (Gastric Sleeve)
For bariatric patients who are obese but are not experiencing serious medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy may be an option for weight loss surgery in Dallas. My New Beginning, a department of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – White Rock, offers many surgical options tailored to meet your lifestyle.
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Gastric Sleeve Surgery: The Procedure
Gastric sleeve surgery, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a weight loss surgery option designed to reduce the size of the stomach by converting it into a narrow tube.
Your bariatric surgeon starts this minimally invasive procedure by making a few small incisions into the patient’s abdomen. Then, a stapling device is used to remove the volume of the stomach by 75-80 percent. The new, smaller stomach is about 25% its original size (roughly the size of a banana), and it produces less of the hormone that causes hunger. This ensures that the patient will be able to consume less food while feeling just as full.
With this type of bariatric procedure, this is no surgery involving the intestines. The stomach is able to preserve its natural function because it is not re-routed, which leads to no malabsorption or severe vitamin deficiencies.
What to Expect Before Gastric Sleeve Surgery
The first step in choosing gastric sleeve surgery at Baylor Scott & White – White Rock in Dallas is to come in for a free one-on-one consultation. You will go over your weight loss surgery options and expectations so you can make an informed choice about your surgery. Two weeks before surgery, we suggest that all gastric sleeve surgery patients focus on changing their diets. This will prepare your body for significant changes and make your surgery safer.
What to Expect During Gastric Sleeve Surgery
First, you will receive general anesthesia before your gastric sleeve surgery. Then, your surgeon will make tiny incisions on your abdomen to create your new stomach, which will be ¼ the size of your regular stomach.
What to Expect After Gastric Sleeve Surgery
After your gastric sleeve surgery, you could witness a life-changing transformation toward a healthier you—and we’ll continue to be by your side during the journey. At Baylor Scott & White – White Rock in Dallas, we have ongoing support groups, a water aerobics workout group, and an informative blog with nutrition and fitness tips. We’ll also monitor your progress through follow-up visits.
Gastric Sleeve Advantages
- Restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold
- Induces rapid and significant weight loss that comparative studies find similar to that of the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Weight loss of >50% for 3-5+ year data, and weight loss comparable to that of the bypass with maintenance of >50%
- Requires no foreign objects (AGB), and no bypass or re-routing of the food stream (RYGB)
- Involves a relatively short hospital stay of approximately 2 days
- Causes favorable changes in gut hormones that suppress hunger, reduce appetite and improve satiety
Gastric Sleeve Disadvantages
- Is a non-reversible procedure
- Has the potential for long-term vitamin deficiencies
- Has a higher early complication rate than the AGB
Start Living a Healthier Life Today
Weight loss surgery may be the long-term weight loss solution you’ve been looking for to improve your quality of health.
As with any type of weight loss surgery, sleeve gastrectomy has possible risks and side effects. That’s why it’s imperative to discuss all of your options with us. In the case that a complication does occur with surgery, it can either be a possible blockage in the gastric sleeve or post-operative leaks from the staple line.
We are available to help you make a personalized choice for weight loss surgery in Dallas that’s specifically designed to meet your goals and lifestyle.
Bariatric surgery is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities.