What is Gastric Sleeve Procedure?
The gastric sleeve procedure is a “mix” bariatric surgery, which includes two primary methods to induce weight loss. Although the gastric sleeve is sometimes bunched together with gastric banding, gastric sleeve is a far better procedure that has a higher expected weight loss.
Gastric Sleeve procedure, otherwise known as the vertical sleeve gastrectomy (vsg), is a weight loss procedure which permanently removes up to 85% of the stomach. What’s left is a 3 or 4 ounce capacity stomach, shaped in a “sleeve.” This new stomach can only hold 3 or 4 ounces of food at a time, which forces patients to feel fuller quicker and stay satisfied longer. This significantly reduced stomach capacity induces patients to eat only 800 to 1,000 calories per day. Although, 800 to 1,000 calories does not seem like a lot of food per day – most patients won’t even notice it.
The second method gastric sleeve uses, is the reduction – not suppression – in appetite. By removing 85% of the stomach, the stomach’s ability to produce Ghrelin – a hormone which induces hunger and appetite in people – is significantly reduced. These two benefits allow gastric sleeve patients to lose 70-85% of their excess weight.
Cost of Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Sleeve surgery costs will vary, but the average will range from $20,000 to $30,000 – depending on a variety of factors. To get a quote please contact our staff today.
Sacramento Bariatric Surgeons:
In the greater Sacramento, California area, there is only a handle of surgeons capable of performing vertical sleeve gastrectomy. We represent only the accredited surgeons in the Sacramento Area (Elk Grove, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Folsom, South Sacramento, Natomas). Contact our staff to see if your qualified to undergo gastric sleeve surgery.
Other Bariatric Surgeries:
Other weight loss surgeries include: Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding (Lap-Band and REALIZE Band), Duodenal Switch, Gastric Plication, and Gastric Balloon. The most popular weight loss surgeries, right above gastric sleeve, are the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and the Gastric Banding.
- Gastric Bypass is a restrictive and malabsorptive weight loss surgery that is reserved for patients with severely high BMIs. Gastric bypass is an extensive weight loss procedure as it requires significant patient dedication. Because of the high expected weight loss and the risks of the surgery, gastric bypass is recommend only to people with high BMIs and several co-morbidities.
- Gastric Banding is a restrictive procedure that uses an implant to reduce the size of the stomach. Unlike, gastric sleeve, gastric banding has considerable more side effects and complications.