If you are considering surgical weight loss options, you may be wondering which procedure is right for you. The first step to answering this question is to do research on the many bariatric surgery options. One of these options is laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, which is offered by Dr. Balsama. Read on to learn more about this procedure and what it can do for you.
How is the Procedure Performed?
During the procedure, Dr. Balsama will make 3 small incisions in the abdomen and insert a laparoscope (a video camera) to help see inside of the body. During the procedure, about 75% of the stomach is removed, leaving a narrow stomach intact . This is your gastric sleeve. No intestines are cut or removed.
How Does Sleeve Gastrectomy Cause Weight Loss?
Because this procedure greatly reduces the size of the stomach, it limits the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. However, it does not decrease the amount of absorption of nutrients or bypass your intestines.
In addition to reducing the size of the stomach, this procedure may also reduce the amount of “hunger hormone” created by the stomach, which may further contribute to weight loss following the procedure.
What are the Benefits of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Patients who undergo this procedure generally lose between 40%-70% of their excess body weight in the first year. Also, many obesity-related issues improve following bariatric surgery, including hypertension, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and abnormal cholesterol levels.
How Do I Know If This Procedure is Right for Me?
The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is through a consultation with Dr. Balsama. Generally, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is an option for individuals with a BMI of 35 or higher or for those who are not good candidates for gastric bypass.
If you are interested in learning more about laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, contact our Sewell NJ office today to schedule an appointment. We do see patients in our Stratford, NJ office too.