What is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) sometimes referred to as vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is a weight loss procedure that surgically reduces the size of the stomach by about 85%. With less stomach capacity, patients will feel full sooner, and therefore, eat less amounts of food. Also, the stomach will not be able to secrete as many hunger-inducing hormones. One of the intestinal hormones that are favorably affected by LSG is ghrelin. This hormone is produced in the section of the stomach that is removed and is responsible for inducing hunger. After the procedure, ghrelin levels decrease, and as a result, patients feel less hungry and no longer have the drive to consume too many calories.
Why Consider Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Sleeve Gastrectomy helps protect you from life-threatening weight-related diseases and illnesses. If you have a body mass index greater than 35 – 40, sleeve gastrectomy may help reduce the risk of:
- Certain types of reflux disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Sleep Apnea
- Heart diseases
How it is work?
The laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery is done under general anesthesia and lasts up to 2 hours. During LSG, a surgeon makes around 5 small incisions in the upper abdomen for instruments to access the stomach through the abdominal wall. The surgeon then removes 70-80% of the stomach leaving it about the shape and size of a banana. Then the surgeon sutures the remaining stomach back together. The smaller stomach size limits the portions of food that can be eaten in one meal. The procedure is permanent and cannot be reversed.
Who is a candidate?
The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a great option for patients who are obese (BMI>30). The procedure can help obese patients with (or help prevent) diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, obstructive sleep apnea, and heart disease or stroke.
Contact your insurance company to find out if you have coverage and/or qualify for the gastric sleeve.
How much does the procedure cost?
This is a self pay, all inclusive price. Price will vary based on insurance and health status, use of additional resources and so on. We offer financing options for qualified customers. The cost not only includes the price of the product, but more importantly, the skill and expertise of the specialist or healthcare professional that is doing the procedure. Look for someone who is licensed and trained and has experience treating patients using this procedure. Enroll in the Eberbach Plastic Surgery (Division of IBI Healthcare Institute) Rewards Program to save money on treatments.
When will I start seeing results?
If the correct diet plan is followed after the procedure, you can expect to lose more than 60% of your excess weight.
How long will the results last?
As long as healthy eating habits are maintained, this procedure should last you a lifetime. However, as with any other weight loss procedure, behavior modification and dietary compliance are the key players in determining the long-term success of the procedure. Basically, it comes down to how committed the patient is to losing the extra weight.
Are there any risks associated with LSG?
Overall the LSG is a very safe procedure. The only risks involved include being under general anesthesia, bleeding, leakage (<1%), transfusion (<0.5%), re-operation (<0.2%), and vitamin and mineral deficiencies (rare after 12 months).
If you are interested in LSG, call our office today and speak with one of our coordinators.