Are you a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?
Patients who are candidates for the gastric sleeve procedure typically have a BMI of 30+ and are between 18 and 75 years of age. Patients must also be able to handle the physical stress of surgery as some may have health conditions that make major surgery risky. Additionally, the gastric sleeve procedure requires psychological readiness. Having the right attitude toward food, exercise, and health is important and most insurance carriers require a psychological consultation as part of the pre-operative process.
Gastric Sleeve Procedure
The gastric sleeve procedure, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a restrictive surgery that permanently removes approximately 70% of your stomach.
The laparoscopic approach to making the sleeve — long and tubular, resembling a “banana shape,” allows each working section of the stomach to remain intact with the outlet being your pyloric sphincter. The design also benefits the patient by removing much of the “appetite hormone” Ghrelin producing cells, so patients receive additional help with suppressing their hunger or appetite.
The vertical sleeve gastrectomy had been used for decades in conjunction with another procedure that is mal-absorptive. Bariatric surgeons began omitting the second part of this procedure in the early 2000’s, studying the sleeve as a standalone approach. The five-year data demonstrated very favorable outcomes in weight loss, reduced post-op complications and mortality, and saw favorable resolution of patients’ co-morbidities.
This makes the gastric sleeve a strong choice for balancing benefits and risks in comparison to combination choices such as gastric bypass.