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Surgical Weight Loss

Our surgeons now exclusively offer the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Our team keeps up on proven surgical trends and what patients request. For the past several years, the vast majority of our procedures have been the sleeve gastrectomy.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is a relatively new form of weight loss surgery and has become one of the most popular options for bariatric surgery. Typically, the procedure involves a laparoscope and about 75% of the stomach is removed. The remaining portion of the stomach is a narrow tube or sleeve and connects to the intestines.

Usually, a sleeve gastrectomy is the first step in a series of weight loss procedures and is of lower risk. It's typically followed up by gastric bypass, but in some cases, it might be the only surgery needed.

For those with high BMIs, sleeve gastrectomies result in an average weight loss of 40 to 50 percent of excess weight after three years. People with lower BMIs tend to lose even more of their excess weight.

Unlike gastric banding, a sleeve gastrectomy is irreversible. And, since it's relatively new, all long-term benefits and risks aren't yet known. Currently, we know that risks can include infection, leaking of the sleeve and blood clots.