MountainView Weight Loss Center is excited to offer the Sleeve Gastrectomy, also referred to as gastric sleeve surgery, to weight loss patients in the West Texas, Las Cruces and the New Mexico area. By reducing the capacity of the stomach and the portion of the stomach that controls hunger, our patients have seen remarkable and drastic weight loss results, oftentimes much faster than with other procedures.
Sleeve Gastrectomy is a laparoscopic weight loss procedure originally used for extremely high BMI patients who were ineligible for other forms of weight loss surgery. The procedure is now available to lower BMI patients as a purely restrictive weight loss alternative to gastric banding (LAP-BAND) and gastric bypass and has shown remarkably promising results.
How Sleeve Gastrectomy Works
During the gastric sleeve surgery, we create a long, narrow tube by dividing the stomach vertically with a reinforced triple row of staples. This leaves approximately 15% of the stomach to act as a narrow pouch or sleeve while the remainder of the stomach is separated and removed.
The removed portion of stomach is responsible for secreting the hormone ghrelin which stimulates hunger. Because ghrelin secretion falls to nearly zero following the procedure, appetite and feelings of hunger reduce significantly.
After the gastric sleeve surgery, quantities of food that can be eaten are reduced substantially as the newly created stomach tube can only hold between two and four ounces. With this capacity of less than half a cup of food at a time, calorie intake decreases and weight loss occurs.
The stomach tube also slows the emptying of the stomach because of greater resistance to movement created by the walls of the narrow tube. Slower passage of food through the stomach means the patient feels full for a longer period of time.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Results
Gastric Sleeve patients normally experience weight loss similar to Gastric Bypass patients and may have up to 55 to 60% excess weight lost and maintained at 5 years.
The stomach retains normal function because the valves that control filling and emptying are left intact.
Sleeve Gastrectomy and LAP-BAND Comparison:
- Both achieve weight loss by restricting the amount of food eaten
- Neither requires re-routing of intestines such as with gastric bypass
- The sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible whereas the LAP-BAND is
- Periodic adjustments are not required for Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Sleeve Gastrectomy reduces secretion of the hunger hormone ghrelin
- Sleeve Gastrectomy involves stapling and cutting whereas LAP-BAND does not
- Sleeve Gastrectomy does not require insertion of a foreign object (Gastric Band and adjustment port)