Gastric Sleeve Bypass Q & A
Gastric sleeve bypass, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a type of minimally invasive bariatric surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon at HB Surgical Arts removes about 80% of your stomach, eliminating the rounded side of the stomach and leaving a narrow tube (resembling the shape of a sleeve) that runs from the esophagus to the small intestine.
A gastric sleeve bypass supports weight loss in two ways. First, it makes your stomach smaller, which limits the amount of food you can consume at one time. It’s easier to limit your calories because you’ll feel full shortly after eating a small amount of food.
The second way sleeve gastrectomy works is by reducing hormones. Your stomach produces hormones such as ghrelin that make you feel hungry. The part of the stomach that’s removed holds of the ghrelin-producing cells. As a result, levels of ghrelin drop and your appetite goes down.
To be considered for weight loss surgery, you should have a history of unsuccessful weight loss attempts. You’ll also need to be motivated to stick with a strict eating and exercise plan before and after your surgery.
Finally, weight loss surgery is recommended for those who meet these body mass index (BMI) criteria:
- BMI of 40 and higher or more than 100 pounds overweight
- BMI of 35 or higher with at least two obesity-related health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, and heart disease.
Following a gastric sleeve bypass, obesity-related health conditions may significantly improve. Due to the surgery’s effect on hormones, Type 2 diabetes improves in about 90% of all patients and goes into remission in about 78% of them following their sleeve gastrectomy.
The amount of weight you’ll lose after adjustable gastric banding depends on how well you stick with your customized diet and exercise program. The team at HB Surgical Arts does everything they can to support your weight loss by offering nutritional counseling and a weight loss management program.
Patients who consistently stick with their post-surgery weight management plan can expect to lose about 40-50% of their total weight.
To qualify for any type of weight loss surgery, including adjustable gastric banding, you must meet several requirements:
- History of trying to lose weight without success
- History of losing weight but gaining it back
- Body mass index (BMI) of 40 and above or more than 100 pounds overweight
- BMI of 35 or higher with at least one obesity-related health problem
Losing weight is never easy: It requires a lifelong dedication to healthy eating and regular exercise, but you can achieve rapid and significant weight loss when you undergo a minimally invasive gastric sleeve bypass. The surgeons at HB Surgical Arts have extensive experience performing weight loss surgery, and their weight loss management program provides the dietary support you need for the long run.
To learn more about gastric sleeve bypass, call the office in Huntington Beach, California, or book an appointment online.