Expert in Sleeve Gastrectomy
Sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric surgical procedure that has been scientifically proven to be an effective way to treat obesity and help with weight loss. Weight loss after sleeve gastrectomy can help you restore your health and fitness while dramatically improving your appearance, self-confidence, and mental health. Hundreds of patients suffering from obesity visit our offices in Irving and Arlington every year to undergo sleeve gastrectomy.
During the sleeve gastrectomy, your surgeon will remove approximately 75-85% of your stomach. The remaining portion of your stomach, which is called the “gastric sleeve,” will resemble the shape of a banana.
With Dr. Alibhai’s training in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, he performs a wide range of general surgical procedures as well including:
- Robotic Gallbladder surgery
- Robotic hernia surgery
- Acid Reflux surgery
Mustafa H. Alibhai,MD,FACS,FASMBS
How was the sleeve gastrectomy discovered?
The sleeve gastrectomy was initially devised as the first stage of a two-stage procedure, the duodenal switch, which was being performed for super-obese patients. However, the sleeve gastrectomy is now commonly used as a stand-alone procedure for weight loss, particularly in patients with a BMI of greater than 40.
Sleeve gastrectomy helps to lose weight
The sleeve gastrectomy facilitates weight loss through two mechanisms: limiting your food intake and adjusting the hormone in your body, which are primarily responsible for your appetite.
Firstly, by removing approximately 75-85% of your stomach, you will be left behind with about 15-25% of your original stomach capacity. Your stomach’s decreased size allows you to achieve a sense of satisfaction even after consuming smaller portions.
Secondly, science has shown that the hormone ghrelin is responsible for stimulating our appetite. Most of the ghrelin in our body is produced by the stomach portion, which is removed during the sleeve gastrectomy. Studies on patients who underwent sleeve gastrectomy have demonstrated lower ghrelin levels in those patients, which likely contributes to their decreased hunger.
Our team is here to perform sleeve gastrectomy
Our team of experts at Nova Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery is committed
to performing a sleeve gastrectomy for your weight loss success. We use state-of-the-art minimally
invasive techniques and perform surgery through several small incisions instead of one large incision.
Minimally invasive approaches using laparoscopic or robotic tools have significant advantages, including decreased postoperative pain, a shorter
recovery period, and a faster return to work.
The surgery usually takes less than an hour if you are at a lower risk. The operative
time can increase if you have a higher BMI or have had previous surgical procedures. Most patients are
discharged one to two days after surgery.
There are Advantages of sleeve gastrectomy.
Technical advantages of sleeve gastrectomy are that the procedure does not require
implantation of an artificial device or “re-routing” of the intestinal tract.
- Having a sleeve gastrectomy can improve your quality of life in many ways. Many
studies have shown that people who undergo this procedure live longer, experience
fewer health problems, and enjoy an improved quality of life.
- A few months after surgery, you will begin to feel proud of your physical transformation
and start to fit into smaller clothing. You will also discover other interests aside from
food. Feelings of self-confidence will replace the sense of self-consciousness. Patients
report increased energy to handle daily activities without feeling “drained.”
- Eliminates most medical problems associated with obesity. It has proven to significantly help with high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease, asthma, arthritis, and acid reflux. It has been shown to reduce (or even eliminate) type 2 diabetes drastically.
- As you begin to lose weight, you can usually cut down or stop taking medications for
these various conditions. Amazingly, patients with diabetes frequently see their blood
sugar levels normalize within days of the operation!
Side Effects/ Risks:
- Irreversible procedure
- Leaks from the cut edge of the stomach
- Blood clots or excessive bleeding
- Hormonal changes
How successful can I be after sleeve gastrectomy?
According to the data we have, the average person loses approximately 60% of their excess body weight 12 to 18 months after surgery. There is less information about long-term weight loss since this is a relatively newer procedure.
It should be emphasized that a gastric sleeve is simply a tool. The best results after sleeve gastrectomy are obtained with diligent adherence to behavioral and dietary guidelines. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are paramount for success after any bariatric surgery for healthy and sustained weight loss. Your team at Nova Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery is here to help you every step of the way so that you can achieve those goals!
How do I start the process?
The best way to learn if sleeve gastrectomy is the procedure for you is by scheduling a personal
consultation with one of our experienced doctors.
Nova Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery has built a reputation for excellence and safety.
If diets, exercise programs, and gym memberships have failed you, or you feel you are “yo-yo-ing” with
your weight, the sleeve gastrectomy may be the life-changing procedure you need to achieve successful
and sustainable weight loss.
Any bariatric surgery is a lifelong commitment, but Nova Bariatrics is committed to you! As
part of our weight loss program, we can help you understand the sleeve gastrectomy and work with you to decide the best approach for achieving your weight loss goals for a healthier, more vibrant life!