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Weight Loss Gastric Sleeve Surgery | Top Gastrectomy Surgeons

Obesity is a serious medical condition that can lead to a host of side effects, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and back pain. If you’ve already tried a multitude of diet and exercise programs with little or no success, you may be an ideal candidate for the safe, minimally invasive procedure called gastric sleeve surgery. The doctors at Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, PA are renowned for their high rate of success with the procedure and are available for consultations. Call or visit our gastrectomy surgeons today to improve your overall health and self-esteem while learning how to approach your ideal weight.

Gastric sleeve surgery is a bariatric surgical procedure that promotes weight loss by restricting the amount of food your stomach can hold. Also known as sleeve gastrectomy or vertical gastric sleeve surgery, it’s the most commonly performed bariatric surgery in America. Our bariatric center is available to you at one of the many offices of Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, PA (ASBNJ).

The gastric sleeve surgery is an effective tool that promotes life changing improvements in quality of life, energy levels, and, most importantly, weight related medical conditions. Also known as the sleeve gastrectomy or vertical gastric sleeve, it is the most commonly performed bariatric surgery in the United States.  At Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics of NJ, we have supported thousands of people lead happier and healthier lives with the sleeve gastrectomy.

During the gastric sleeve procedure, a small, banana-shaped stomach is created.  This allows for a feeling of fullness and satisfaction with less food.  People with a sleeve gastrectomy also tend to experience less intense, as well as less frequent, hunger.

Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ is the leading provider of both surgical and non-surgical weight loss options in the northern New Jersey,  New York and Pennsylvania region.

How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Is Done

Before the surgery, thorough testing by the different medical specialists on your team is completed to ensure your health and wellbeing.  The procedure itself is performed in a hospital with staff, equipment and guidelines in place to ensure excellence in care for the bariatric patient.

The sleeve gastrectomy is performed laparoscopically, which uses tiny incisions.  It takes about one hour.  And the hospital stay is usually one night.  The steps include:

  1. Giving general anesthesia.
  2. Making five small incisions on your abdomen.
  3. Using a tube to create a properly sized gastric sleeve.
  4. Dividing the stomach using a tiny camera and long instruments.
  5. Removing about 80% of the stomach through one of the small incisions.

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery

The sleeve gastrectomy may be able to support weight loss if you’ve been struggling with obesity and haven’t been able to maintain long-term success using other approaches.

The health conditions that very often improve after your surgery include:

  • Joint and back pain
  • Sleep apnea
  • Heart disease
  • Type II diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression

An improvement in energy levels and decreased joint or back pain also may motivate you to adopt a more active and involved lifestyle.  ASBNJ offers comprehensive follow-up care that includes nutritional counseling, information sessions, group meetings, and ongoing social support.

Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

To determine if you’re a good candidate for a gastric sleeve procedure, gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding surgery or any other type of medical weight loss process, your doctor first calculates your body mass index (BMI). This number is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight.

The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a powerful treatment option for patients with a BMI ( of 35 or higher.  If your BMI is between 35 and 39, and you have a health condition related to obesity, such as type II diabetes, fatty liver disease or hypertension, you may be a candidate.  A person with a BMI equal to or greater than 40 may also qualify.  Talk to the bariatric specialists at Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, PA.

Risks and Side Effects of Gastric Sleeve for Weight Loss

Any type of surgery, including laparoscopic weight loss surgery, although very unlikely, does carry some risk, such as from an infection and bleeding.  Gastric sleeve surgery is considered safe and effective in the long-term treatment of obesity and weight related medical problems.  Complications are rare after vertical gastric sleeve surgery.  There’s a slight possibility of experiencing:

  • Leaks from staple lines
  • Increased gas
  • Dumping syndrome that may include nausea, vomiting, weakness, sweating and diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Ulcers

Gastric sleeve patients should supplement their diet with a daily multivitamin.  We perform routine bloodwork to safeguard against the development of nutritional deficiencies to provide for a healthy weight loss after the surgery.

Your chance of having any issue after the sleeve gastrectomy is low under the experienced care of the experts at ASBNJ.  We pride ourselves on our exceptionally low rate of complications.  Contact one of the six ASBNJ offices today in Somerset, Marlboro, East Brunswick, Princeton, Edison, and Hamilton to schedule an appointment.

What to Expect After the Gastric Sleeve Procedure?

Recovery time is enhanced with an average hospital stay of less than 23 hours.  Most patients don’t require pain medications at home.  And staying active is encouraged.

If no heavy lifting is involved, people return to work in about 1-2 weeks.  This gives you the time to learn new eating and drinking habits and to get used to your smaller stomach.  Unrestricted physical activity, which includes heavy exercise, typically resumes in 1 month.

Gastric sleeve patients tend lose over 70 percent of their excess body weight.  In most cases, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea are improved or outright cured.


This page was modified on Jun 2, 2021 by Dr. Sadek (Surgeon) of Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics
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