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What is the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy?

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a weight loss surgery that removes as much as 85% of your stomach, leaving you with a sleeve-shaped portion to serve as your new stomach. Due to the removal of a large portion of your stomach, you’re not able to eat as much, so you lose weight.

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy also removes the portion of your stomach that produces hunger hormones. Without these hormones, you feel less hungry, which also helps support your weight loss efforts.

Am I a good candidate for the sleeve gastrectomy?

Dr. Mutafyan determines if you’re a good candidate for the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy during a bariatric surgical consultation. In general, you may be considered a good candidate if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or a BMI between 35 and 40 with obesity-related health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Mutafyan also requires that you be in relatively good health.

How is the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy performed?

Dr. Mutafyan is an experienced surgeon who utilizes the most advanced techniques and takes a minimally invasive approach to perform your sleeve gastrectomy to minimize scarring, pain, and recovery time. During the procedure, Dr. Mutafyan inserts a laparoscope through a small incision in your abdomen to serve as his eyes. Then, through additional small incisions, he inserts his surgical instruments to remove a portion of your stomach and create your new gastric sleeve.

The entire procedure takes about an hour and a half, and may be performed as an outpatient or inpatient procedure, depending on your needs. Dr. Mutafyan provides instructions on what to expect once you get home.

How much weight can I lose following a sleeve gastrectomy?

Everyone loses weight at different rates, but you may lose as much as 60% of your body weight within two years following your surgery. You may also experience an improvement in both physical and emotional health.

Obesity is a medical issue that requires medical attention. Dr. Mutafyan offers many treatment options to help you reach and stay at your goal weight, including the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.

To schedule a consultation, call George Mutafyan, MD, today or book an appointment online.

Why Gastric Sleeve?

The gastric sleeve combines many of the benefits of both the gastric band and the gastric bypass; but without a foreign object and the many complications of the gastric band, including the following:

  • Performed laparoscopically as an outpatient surgery
  • Avoids the technical and long-term difficulties of the gastric bypass
  • No maintenance problems or artificial implants like those associated with gastric banding
  • Weight loss is comparable to that of the gastric bypass
  • The hunger hormone, ghrelin, is virtually eliminated
  • Significant improvements in diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea
  • Recommended by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
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Frequently Asked Questions

Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure that removes about 85 percent of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve. The stomach is permanently reduced to about 15 percent of its original size.

Sleeve gastrectomy is typically reserved for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 35. It may also be appropriate for those who can’t return for follow-up visits required by gastric banding.

The procedure is not reversible. It is performed laparoscopically, meaning that small incisions are made as opposed to one large incision. Then, a viewing tube with a small camera (laparoscope) and other tiny instruments are inserted into these small incisions to perform the surgery. The now tube-shaped stomach is sealed closed with staples.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Experience matters, and the surgeons at the Surgical Weight Control Center help patients achieve better outcomes with each procedure they perform. It’s important to attend our free education seminar to learn about the benefits and risks of this procedure.

The amount of weight you will lose depends on a number of factors. These include, diet, exercise, lifestyle and your overall commitment to changing old habits. Speak with your surgeon to learn more.

You will need to become accustomed to eating solid foods again. Normally this begins with a two-week liquid-only diet, two weeks of semi-solid foods, pureed foods and then the introduction of solid foods.