Also known as sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve surgery is a weight loss procedure in which Dr. Anya removes approximately 75% of your stomach. She then joins the remaining parts of your stomach, forming a smaller stomach about the size of a banana. This new, smaller stomach is called a “sleeve.”
While removing three-fourths of your stomach may seem drastic, this is why the procedure works so well. With a considerably smaller stomach, you feel full much faster than you did before. Results are considerable, too. Over a period of 12-18 months, people usually lose about 60% of their extra weight.
On the day of your surgery, you receive general anesthesia. Dr. Anya performs the gastric sleeve procedure laparoscopically, which means it’s minimally-invasive, and she only goes through tiny incisions in your stomach. Overall, the gastric sleeve procedure takes about an hour, and you may be in the hospital for two or three days.
Dr. Anya performs the surgery using the da Vinci robotic surgical system, which is a magnified 3D high-definition vision technology. Dr. Anya controls tiny instruments that bend and rotate in ways that the human hand can’t. As a result, da Vinci enables Dr. Anya to operate with greater vision, precision, and control.
The first day after gastric sleeve surgery, you must drink clear liquids. You can move on to pureed foods and protein shakes, which you stay on for about a month. During this time, keep the following guidelines in mind:
As with any weight loss surgery, after your procedure, you should commit to a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.
In general, patients with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 are a good fit for gastric sleeves. Some people are too heavy to qualify for gastric bypass surgery so that gastric sleeve surgery may be a good alternative.
Dr. Anya is highly experienced in gastric sleeve surgery and can answer any questions you have about it. Call the office or schedule a consultation online to get started.