Sleeve Gastrectomy
Also called gastric sleeve surgery, sleeve gastrectomy is the newest and most common weight-loss surgery performed by our bariatric surgeons in the Naples-Fort Myers, Florida area. This surgical weight-loss procedure involves detaching a portion of the stomach, leaving only a small banana-shaped “sleeve” and also reduces the hunger hormone, grehlin.

The procedure reduces stomach capacity by approximately 85 percent.  Patients feel full sooner and therefore eat less. This procedure is performed laparoscopically (a minimally invasive weight-loss surgery technique). High blood pressure and diabetes start improving immediately after surgery–in fact most patients are off blood pressure and diabetes medications within the first 2-4 weeks after surgery.

Recent clinical studies show that patients experience an average weight loss of about 70 to 75 percent of their excess weight within one to two years of the surgery.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgical Overview

Actual Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery performed by Moses K. Shieh, D.O., FACOS

Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy

Rapid initial weight loss similar to gastric bypass, but less risk than gastric bypass

Performed through a minimally invasive approach

Minimal risk of vitamin and protein deficiencies

Permanent procedure – no adjustments or implantable devices, such as the gastric band

One of the safest life-long bariatric procedures that currently is available

Disadvantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy

Cutting and stapling of the stomach is required

Cannot be reversed, but can be modified with another procedure if desired weight loss is not achieved or stomach stretches

1-2 day overnight stay in the hospital, depending on your health risk

Risks and Complications

Risks and complications are associated with all major surgical procedures. Although the laparoscopic technique used for sleeve gastrectomy is considered minimally invasive, it is still a surgical procedure. Severe obesity increases the risks of some complications.

It is extremely important that you discuss the benefits and potential risks of weight loss surgery with your surgeon. To learn more:
It is extremely important that you discuss the benefits and potential risks of weight loss surgery with your surgeon. To learn more:

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Contact Surgical Healing Arts Center today and work with your local Top Rated Bariatric Surgeons in Southwest Florida. We AAAASF certified, Cigna Preferred Physicians, and are the #1 providers of the latest weight loss procedure, the Non-Surgical Obalon™ Weight Loss Balloon.

  • Obalon is recommended for those with a BMI of 30-40.
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