Bariatric surgery is a medical term that covers all types of surgical procedures for morbid obesity, not only gastric bypass surgery, which is actually only one type of operation. The dramatic weight loss resulting from these types of surgeries greatly reduces comorbidities, reducing the mortality rate of people suffering from morbid obesity by up to 40%.
Dr. Wayne Westmoreland and our other bariatric surgeons offer particular expertise in minimally invasive gastric sleeve surgeries. This gives you smaller incisions and a faster recovery.
Gastric sleeve surgery offers you a safe and effective way to lose weight. At Murfreesboro Surgical Specialists, you’ll find a team that does nearly 300 of these surgeries a year. We offer:
Gastric sleeve surgery is the most common form of bariatric surgery carried out in the United States today. Sometimes referred to as Sleeve Gastrectomy, this surgery involves a surgeon removing up to 80% of your stomach, leaving you with a pouch that is about the same size as a regular banana. The surgery generally uses invasive laparoscopy and small incisions to speed up recovery time and simplify the procedure.
Having a surgically reduced stomach means a decrease in the amount of food your body can take on board. And as your body gets used to absorbing fewer calories and nutrients, hunger signals to your brain decline, decreasing your appetite for more food.
Gastric sleeve surgery is a weight loss surgery that has seen a surge in popularity over the past few years. Overall, a restrictive gastric sleeve surgery will reduce the capacity of your stomach by up to 75% to 80%. This will substantially aid your long-term weight loss goals without pain or discomfort. Many patients report that their overall health and wellbeing also improve significantly shortly after recovering from the surgery.
This information is aimed at the majority of patients who undergo a laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery. Laparoscopic surgery makes up almost 99% of all gastric sleeve procedures.
Most laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgeries will take around one hour to perform. After this, you will probably need to stay in the hospital for one night for an observational period.
Most patients will be able to get up and walk around after only three to four hours after laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery, with many being able to perform daily tasks such as showering without assistance within an hour of the surgery. Nearly all outpatients should be able to do basic household chores such as preparing meals as soon as they get home after their night of hospital observation. Ideally, you should slowly build up your activity level over the first few weeks post-surgery until you have fully recovered.
Our dietician will explain in great detail the stages of your pre- and post-op diet during your consultation with her.
As gastric sleeve surgery is a relatively new procedure, there is as yet no long-term data. However, early studies clearly indicate that this form of weight loss surgery is as effective in producing significant weight loss as the more complex gastric bypass procedure. In fact, according to a recent study carried out by the National Institutes of Health, gastric sleeve surgery helps 85% of patients lose and keep off their excess weight.
Gastric sleeve surgery leads to a number of improvements in common obesity-related conditions such as sleep apnea, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and fatty liver disease. It also has significantly fewer side effects than the more complex gastric bypass surgery, and it is usually safe to use anti-inflammatory drugs to help ease discomfort not long after having undergone surgery. All patients who undergo gastric sleeve surgery have a much higher life expectancy rate than those in a similar position who don’t.
The medical risks involved in gastric sleeve surgery are very low indeed. In fact, less than one in every two hundred patients are readmitted to Dr. Westmoreland’s center due to post-surgery complications. However, as in any surgical operation, there is always going to a certain level of risk involved in the procedure. Common complications can include:
· A narrowing of the sleeve due to scarring.
· Leakage from the staple line.
· Possible acid reflux.
· Dumping syndrome (food passing too quickly through the digestive system leading to vomiting, loose stools, and possible nausea). This condition, however, is fairly uncommon, and if experienced, usually subsides within a three-month period.
Other Things You May Want to Consider:
· Gastric sleeve surgery is not reversible.
· You will need to take supplements and follow strict dietary guidelines for the rest of your life.
Because weight loss surgery is still “considered” cosmetic surgery, it can be excluded from insurance plans that are self-funded by the employer. Tell an insulin-dependent diabetic that now takes no diabetic medication after bariatric surgery that it is cosmetic surgery and see your response! I tell patients in my seminar that we do not do surgery so you look better and feel better. We do weight loss surgery so you live longer and live better. In keeping with the ASMBS position statement for low BMI patients, we believe the 1991 NIH criteria that insurance companies use to determine who qualifies for weight loss surgery is out-dated. We also agree that obesity is a chronic disease and that earlier intervention is associated with greater long term success. Therefore, we will provide the appropriate self-funding candidate a surgical option for BMI >30 with co-morbidities, especially with a strong family history of diabetes or metabolic syndrome. All of our insurance candidates must have a BMI of 35.
Dr. Westmoreland has had many years’ experience in the field of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries and is considered an expert in advanced laparoscopic procedures. He did his first sleeve gastrectomy in 2007 and has done 100’s since then with one leak and one death. As well as our lead surgeon Dr. Westmoreland, we also have a highly skilled team at the Murfreesboro Surgical Specialists that will assist you in your long-term journey of successful weight loss. Our non-surgical team consists of psychologists and dietitians to assess patients and help them with their long-term goals.
We look forward to serving you further.