Considerations of the Gastric Sleeve Procedure

Advanced Bariatric Surgery offers a variety of bariatric procedures for surgical weight loss including the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, Lap band, and Realize band.  Each of these surgical procedures affects the stomach to reduce hunger and food intake.

If you are in good mental health, over the age of 17, and in need of losing at least 50 pounds, the gastric sleeve is a viable option for you.  This procedure benefits patients with BMI of 35 or greater.  This particular procedure is beneficial for those who are deemed high risk in other bariatric surgeries.  If you have struggled in the past with traditional weight loss methods, consider the benefits of the gastric sleeve procedure.

The gastric sleeve is also known as the sleeve gastrectomy.  As a newer procedure in bariatrics, the sleeve is increasing in popularity and use.  Rivaling the gastric bypass in weight loss operations, this procedure is an excellent surgery for weight loss without some of the possible complications of the gastric bypass.  There are several options available that patients have an opportunity to discuss with Dr. Frenzel.  If you are looking for a kind and understanding surgeon with a passion for your success, Dr. Frenzel is the perfect solution.  His genuine care and concern for others has led him to excel—achieving Fellowship training in both bariatrics and cosmetics.

During an initial consultation, you will find out more about the gastric sleeve as well as the other weight loss surgeries available.  With the help of Dr. Frenzel, you will determine which surgery is best for your body.  If the gastric sleeve is right for you, it can be performed as a single operation.  However, morbidly obese patients use the gastric sleeve as a first-stage operation before the gastric bypass.

This surgery works to help you lose weight by very meticulous care by Dr. Frenzel.  During the surgery, he creates a thin vertical sleeve of stomach using a stapling device, when he removed about 75 to 80 percent of the stomach.  The new stomach, also known as the sleeve, is a tubular structure the size of a banana.  The goal of the gastric sleeve procedure is to limit the amount of food you eat and to help you feel full sooner.  Instead of a regular stomach, which holds 1000 to 1500 milliliters, the new stomach holds about 50 milliliters.  This change helps you to achieve weight loss quickly.

It is important to note that your digestion and absorption does not change and resumes normally after the surgery.  Food consumed passes through the digestive tract for full absorption in the body.  In essence, this means that the calories you consume are vital.  Eating healthy and balanced meals will ensure that your body receives the proper nutrients it needs.

After the surgery, you will experience weight loss very quickly.  In the first month, you can expect to lose between 25 and 30 pounds.  In the first year, patients typically experience between 60 and 80 percent of excess weight loss.  In addition to losing weight, this surgery helps relieve health problems related to obesity, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, and much more.