Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy, also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a relatively straightforward, effective weight loss option that involves reducing the volume of the stomach with no intestinal reconfiguration. Historically this surgery was reserved for those who may not be a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery due to conditions including:

  • A very high BMI
  • Liver Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease

Recently, the sleeve gastrectomy surgery has become an option not only for high risk patients, but for most patients seeking weight loss surgery. At Valley Surgical, vertical gastrectomy in Southeast Texas is also considered a good option for our older patients, or those who need to undergo weight loss procedures in stages.

If you want to learn more about bariatric surgery, click here to request a consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons. Or you can call Valley Surgical at (956) 630-4161 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

The Vertical Gastrectomy Procedure

Vertical gastrectomy surgery removes approximately 85% of the stomach, reducing it to a small tube shape with a capacity of just 2 to 5 ounces. This also eliminates the portion of the stomach that produces most of the hunger-sensation hormones, so you will feel satisfied despite eating smaller quantities. Since there is no intestinal bypass component, the digestive process continues to function normally, with fewer side effects.

At Valley Surgical, we offer laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, which requires only a very small incisions for our camera-guided instruments. In some cases, the procedure may require a larger abdominal incision, which we call an open surgery. The surgical time and hospital stay are shorter than with gastric bypass, as it is a fairly straightforward procedure. Most patients who undergo vertical gastrectomy lose 60 to 70% of their excess weight within 2 years of undergoing this procedure.

Who Is a Candidate?

The requirements for Southeast Texas vertical gastrectomy are the same as for all other bariatric procedures. Patients with a body mass index (BMI) of over 40 qualify, and those with a BMI of 35 to 39 must have associated medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, reflux or depression. While vertical gastrectomy is covered by some insurance companies, others consider the procedure investigational. Most insurance companies also require some proof that other attempts at weight loss have been unsuccessful.

If you want to learn more about bariatric surgery, click here to request a consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons. Or you can call Valley Surgical at (956) 630-4161 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

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