Sleeve Gastrectomy or Gastric Sleeve Surgery
The gastric sleeve surgery involves the creation of a thin vertical sleeve within the stomach that is non reversible. Once the stomach is secured using a stapling device, the rest of the stomach is removed. The resulting stomach size is comparable to a banana which limits the amount of food one can eat. Gastric sleeve surgery differs from other weight loss surgeries because the nerves leading to the stomach and outlet valve are preserved. Since the gastric sleeve does not reroute the intestines; digestion and absorption remain normal.
Today the majority of weight loss sleeve gastrectomies use laparocropic techniques. This allows for a minimally invasive procedure leading to shorter hospital stays, smaller incisions, faster recoveries, and less pain compared to open surgical procedures.
- Fewer diet restrictions
- Diminished hunger
- Less chance of malnutrition compared to other procedures
- Suitable for high risk patients
- Less invasive than gastric bypass
- Fewer follow up visits
- Can be performed laparoscopically
Sleeve gastrectomy surgery is an option for those looking to overcome morbid obesity. Per most insurance plans, the National Insititues of Health requires a body mass index greater than 40 as an indicator for the sleeve procedure to be covered. In terms of weight, this is equivalent to 100 pounds overweight for males and 80 pounds overweight for females. If other obesity-related illnesses present themselves (hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes), people with body mass indexes 35 to 39 may also be candidates per various insurance companies. For BMIs 30 to 35, cases are considered on a case by case basis and may very well not be covered by major medical plans.
Gastric sleeve surgery is an inpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. Hospital stay will generally last between one to two days. Total recovery may involve a sore abdomen for a few days and re-adjustment to eating solid foods. Six months to a year after surgery, most people who undergo sleeve gastrectomy tend to lose 50 to 80 percent of their excess body weight. Health improvements in diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol have also been shown within one to two years after surgery.
You may call today for a consultation with Dr. Kahlil Shillingford who is an expert in sleeve gastrectomy surgery in South Florida. Total inclusive rate for a self pay client is affordably priced at $10,500. For any questions, please call (561)483-8840
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