Bariatric Surgery

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 five offices of Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, PA (ASBNJ).

During the Gastric Sleeve procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during gastric bypass at about the size of a banana. Vertical Sleeve gastrectomy is typically considered as a treatment option for bariatric surgery patients with a BMI of 35 or higher and is often performed as the first part in a two-procedure treatment, the second part being gastric bypass. Currently bariatric surgeons are seeing sufficient weight loss following the Gastric Sleeve procedure to be considered as a primary procedure and not a two-step procedure. Here at Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ we have had phenomenal results with the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy.

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

How Gastric Sleeve Bypass Surgery Is Done

Sleeve gastrectomy may be done as the first part of a two-procedure treatment. The second procedure, which is more invasive, is gastric bypass surgery. Gastric bypass may be required if your weight loss isn’t as efficacious as you’d hoped.

Once it’s determined that sleeve gastrectomy can help you lose weight, the procedure itself is performed in a hospital. You need to stay for one or two nights. This type of surgery is usually performed laparoscopically, which is minimally invasive. The procedure takes one to two hours. The steps include:

  1. You’re given a general anesthetic, so that you aren’t awake for the surgery.
  2. The surgeon makes several small incisions in your abdominal wall.
  3. Through those incisions, your doctor inserts surgical trocars, which are the instruments that provide access ports for a tiny video camera and long instruments.
  4. A tube is inserted, which serves as a sizer for the stomach.
  5. The stomach is divided and a large part of it is removed through the same incision.

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery

Gastric sleeve weight loss surgery may be able to help you lose weight if you’ve been struggling with obesity and haven’t been able to attain long-term success using other weight loss methods. By reducing the size of your stomach, you feel full sooner. That satisfied feeling after eating less food encourages you to eat less.

The procedure gives you the time you need to learn new habits and understand your nutritional requirements. This form of bariatric surgery can help you lose a considerable amount of weight and improve your overall quality of life. Health conditions that very often improve after your surgery include:

  • Joint pain
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Type II diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression

You’re likely to lose weight rapidly following this procedure. This can lead to an increase in your energy levels that also may motivate you to adopt a more active lifestyle. ASBNJ offers follow-up care that includes nutritional counseling and 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.

If you have a BMI equal to or greater than 40 or are 100 pounds or more overweight, you may qualify for weight loss surgery. If your BMI is at least 35 and you have a health condition related to obesity, such as type II diabetes, fatty liver disease or hypertension, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. 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 gastric sleeve surgery, carries some risks, such as from an infection. Long-term complications are rare after you’ve had vertical gastric sleeve surgery and often treated with nutritional counselling and lifestyle modifications. There’s a slight possibility of experiencing other temporary side effects, such as:

  • Dehiscence (separation of tissue that was stitched or stapled together)
  • Increased gas
  • Dumping syndrome, an unpleasant side effect that may include vomiting, nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness, and diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Leaks from staple lines
  • Ulcers

Your chance of having any issues after sleeve gastrectomy is low under the experienced care of the experts at ASBNJ. The practice prides itself on its exceptionally low rate of complications. Weight loss gastric sleeve surgery is considered an overall safe and effective form of bariatric treatment. Contact one of the five ASBNJ offices today in Somerset, Marlboro, East Brunswick, Princeton or Edison to schedule an appointment.

Patients must supplement their diet with a daily multivitamin and calcium and some patients will have to take vitamin B12. The stomach cannot be seen easily using X-ray or endoscopy if there are complications after surgery such as ulcers, bleeding, or malignancy. As with any surgical procedure there are inherent risks.

What to Expect After the Gastric Sleeve Procedure?

Recovery time is moderate and many patients are able to leave the hospital within a few days and return to work and semi-normal activity in less than a month. Gastric Sleeve patients typically lose over 75 percent of their excess weight, and in most patients, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can be improved or resolved.


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