Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Sleeve Gastrectomy) in Houston, TX
Despite multiple attempts at dieting and exercising patients may find it difficult to achieve acceptable weight loss results. There are times when a surgical procedure such as a gastric sleeve is indicated as a safe and alternative surgical option. This procedure is performed laparoscopically and, as a minimally invasive surgical option, it offers relatively little downtime. The gastric sleeve procedure is a well accepted and proven surgery offering a long-term solution for achieving significant weight loss.
The sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric procedure that removes a portion of the stomach, thereby reducing its size and creating a feeling of early satiety with smaller portions. In addition to the mechanical component of the procedure, there is a hormonal component, which involves removing the portion of the stomach that produces the hormone named ghrelin. By reducing ghrelin production and therefore ghrelin levels, the patient may experience less hunger.
This procedure can produce a range of health benefits, including the resolution of diabetes, sleep apnea, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. With proper nutrition and exercise, patients can experience profound results with the help of a gastric sleeve.
Benefits of a Stomach Sleeve
- Typically no malabsorption of nutrients
- Patients can tolerate most foods
- Typically no dumping syndrome
- Easier to modify to other procedures if necessary
- Can be a good alternative for patients using chronic anticoagulation or medication of variable absorption
Sleeve Surgery Recovery
As a precaution, patients are typically required to spend the night in the hospital and are generally discharged the following mid-day. Within a week patients are able to return to work and resume their daily routine. In contrast to other procedures such as the gastric bypass, the gastric sleeve allows patients the ability to eat most foods 3 to 4 weeks after the procedure. Within just a few days, the patient may be able to return to work and their daily routine. As a precaution, patients are typically required to spend the night in the hospital and are generally discharged the following mid-day. Within a week patients are able to return to work and resume their daily routine. In contrast to other procedures such as the gastric bypass, the gastric sleeve allows patients the ability to eat most foods 3 to 4 weeks after the procedure. Within just a few days, the patient may be able to return to work and their daily routine.
We do want our patients to maintain realistic expectations and understanding regarding their upcoming procedure. We’re passionate about seeking outstanding results and we are excited to help you achieve your goals. We look forward to seeing you in our consultation and discuss your available options. Our staff is also available to answer questions.
How much does gastric sleeve surgery cost?
Gastric Sleeve surgery may be covered by medical insurance. During your consultation, the staff at Texas Endosurgery will review your policy and discuss your benefits. For instances in which the sleeve is not covered by insurance, there are financing options available to you. You may be able to have a sleeve gastrectomy for as low as $8,750.
What about alcohol consumption after gastric sleeve surgery?
Alcohol is not recommended after bariatric surgery. Alcohol offers minimal nutrition and will work against your weight loss goal. For example, wine contains twice the calories per ounce that regular soda does. The absorption of alcohol changes with gastric bypass and gastric sleeve because an enzyme in the stomach which usually begins to digest alcohol is absent or greatly reduced.
When can I return to work after a sleeve gastrectomy?
On average, our patients leave the hospital one to two days after gastric sleeve surgery. Return to work varies from 5 to 10 days depending on the type of work and overall recovery. During this time patients may generally lift up to 30 pounds. After three weeks patients can resume routine workouts as tolerated.
What are the advantages of the gastric sleeve versus the gastric bypass surgery?
The main advantage of gastric sleeve surgery is that it doesn't need to create a new connection between the stomach and small bowel (anastomosis). The long term complication rate for gastric sleeve is lower than the gastric bypass surgery. As an example: there is almost no risk for internal hernia since there is no small bowel manipulation and no marginal ulcer since there is no stomach to small bowel anastomosis. Those two complications can be seen after gastric bypass surgery. The chance of nutrient deficiency is also lower in the sleeve compared to gastric bypass surgery because there is no malabsorption of nutrients.
Will the gastric sleeve cause heartburn?
The reported increased incidence of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) after gastric sleeve surgery ranges from 10-15 % after sleeve surgery . However, other reports showed decreased incidence of GERD when combined with a hiatal hernia repair. Overall, the heartburn (acid reflux) after gastric sleeve can usually be managed with antacid medications and lifestyle changes. Very rarely will surgeons have to convert the gastric sleeve to the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery to treat the reflux (less than 1% in most reported series).
How do I prepare for a sleeve gastrectomy?
As part of your pre-surgery consultation, Dr. Bonnor will discuss any dietary restrictions that you may need to implement prior to your procedure. This can include a liquid-only diet, foregoing certain medications, starting new medications such as anticoagulation medication and abstaining from smoking or alcohol.
Houston Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
This bariatric procedure can help our clients achieve successful weight loss. In an exceptional environment, we provide personalized care that addresses the unique needs and concerns of each patient. Our outstanding care has earned us a trusted reputation throughout the Houston and Katy areas.
To see if a gastric sleeve is right for you, contact Texas Endosurgery today and schedule your initial consultation at our Houston and Katy office.