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Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy surgery, is a surgical procedure which reduces the size of the stomach by about 25% from its original size. By removing a large portion of the stomach along the curvature, the result is a sleeve, or tube like, structure. Hence the name of the procedure, sleeve gastrectomy surgery.

First preformed in 1988 as part of the duodenal switch procedure, sleeve gastrectomy is a reasonable alternative to adjustable gastric banding and other stapling procedures. This purely reductive surgery may reduce the amount of ghrelin (a hunger-stimulating peptide) that is released, which may in turn provide an additional weight loss advantage by helping to reduce caloric intake.

Considering Sleeve Gastrectomy?

It’s no small task to lose weight. But is weight loss surgery right for you and your unique situation? If you are considering sleeve gastrectomy, here are few questions to ask yourself before hand:


  • Is your BMI(Body Mass Index) 35 or above?

  • Are you between the ages of 18-65? Patients who are out side this age range may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Are you at least 100 pounds over your ideal body weight?

  • Have you had previous attempts to lose weight through a medically supervised program?

Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery:

  • There is no need for patients to get fills or adjustments.

  • Weight loss is typically quicker than its band alternative.

  • Sleeve gastrectomy has a very similar recovery to the band.

Dr. Ramy Awad and his team believe a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach is crucial to ensuring the best possible care, outcome, and long-term weight loss for bariatric patients.

Unlike gastric bypass there’s no need to take drastic measures, worry about malabsorption of food and there’s less downtime! In addition, it’s often advised for other patients who are deemed high risk for other bariatric surgeries.

Weight loss surgical procedures are just the first step toward an approach to obesity that helps patients get a jump start on their future.

Are You a Candidate For Surgery?

Contact us at (760) 866-0024 to learn more about the risks and benefits of the weight loss surgery that you’re considering and how Desert Bariatrics can help you achieve long-term success.

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