Gastric Sleeve Surgery Houston
At UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, we offer gastric sleeve surgery, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, for our Houston-area patients who wish to lose up to 70% of their excess weight. This laparoscopic procedure involves permanently removing nearly 75% to 80% of the stomach. A smaller stomach limits the amount of food you can eat, helps you to feel full soon after eating, and can lead to significant weight loss.
UT MIST surgeons are among the most well-trained, experienced bariatric specialists in the country, and they offer the most advanced minimally invasive technologies and techniques available. They can help you evaluate the benefits and risks of sleeve gastrectomy surgery and decide if it is an appropriate treatment option for you. Depending on various factors, they might recommend a different bariatric procedure such as adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND® System), gastric bypass, or duodenal switch. In certain cases, an endoscopic or incisionless procedure for weight loss may be right for you. Whatever option you choose, the team of UT MIST surgeons and staff will fully support you in your decision. We look forward to helping you on your life-changing path to better health and wellness.
What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery at Houston UT MIST?
During sleeve gastrectomy surgery, also known as gastric sleeve resection surgery or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a thin vertical stomach sleeve is created with a stapling device. The newly formed stomach is about the size of a banana, and the excised portion is removed. A smaller stomach capacity limits the amount of food you can consume, so you feel full sooner and stay full longer—without interfering with normal digestive processes. As you eat less food, your body stops storing excess calories and begins using its stored fat supply for energy.
In addition to the restrictive ability of this procedure, some scientific evidence shows that the part of the stomach that is removed also produces a hormone called ghrelin, which signals the brain to make you feel hungry. This hormone is significantly reduced following sleeve gastrectomy surgery, so most of our patients experience significantly reduced desire to eat.
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Most sleeve-gastrectomy patients who closely follow their doctor's diet and exercise regimen can expect to lose 60% to 70% of their excess weight over the course of 2 to 3 years. In addition to feeling better overall and moving easily to accomplish everyday activities, sleeve gastrectomy surgery offers many potential benefits for our patients:
- Resolve high blood pressure
- Control type II diabetes
- Decrease high cholesterol
- Relieve back and osteoarthritis pain
- Resolve obstructive sleep apnea
- Improve asthma, arthritis, or acid reflux
- Relieve urinary stress incontinence
- Improve mood and self-esteem
In addition, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy can be used as a primary weight-loss procedure or as a "bridge" procedure, which means it can be converted to another bariatric procedure such as gastric bypass or duodenal switch.
What to Expect from Sleeve Surgery
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is performed under general anesthesia and typically lasts 1 to 2 hours. The entire surgery is performed through several small incisions in your abdomen. A tiny camera called a laparoscope is inserted into one of those openings, enabling your UT MIST surgeon to see on a video monitor the interior of your abdomen.
During the procedure, your surgeon will use surgical staples to create a long, vertical, banana-shaped sleeve, or pocket, on your stomach. The remaining 75% or so of excess stomach will be excised and removed. Once surgery is completed, the surgical instruments and laparoscope will be removed, and all incisions will be closed.
Recovery from Sleeve Surgery
After vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery, most of our patients are able to return home after 2 days. You will receive specific post-operative instructions regarding diet, pain medication, and exercise.
Following sleeve surgery, our patients typically lose most of their excess weight during the first year, and they continue to lose weight for up to 2 to 3 years. It’s important to remember that this surgery alone is not a solution to losing weight. You will learn to eat less, but in order to meet your weight-loss goals, you will need to carefully follow your doctor's and dietician's exercise and eating guidelines.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery Risks
All surgeries carry risks, including sleeve gastrectomy. At UT MIST, we make every effort to inform patients about potential risks, some of which may include leakage or heartburn. During your consultation, your surgeon will thoroughly explain potential risks and answer any questions you might have.
To learn more review our sleeve gastrectomy PATIENT GUIDE.
If you are ready to make a positive change in your life, request a consultation online or call our office at (713) 892-5500 for more information about how you can start on your path to better health and wellness.
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