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Gastric Sleeve

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery, also called Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) or Gastric Sleeve Resection, is currently the most common bariatric surgery procedure performed in the United States. This procedure involves the removal of roughly 80% of the patient’s stomach.

Not only does removing a significant portion of the stomach dramatically limit the amount of food (and calories) a patient is able to consume, but it also reduces production of the hormone ghrelin. This hormone triggers the appetite, helping patients to feel less hungry.1

The Gastric Sleeve Procedure

The Gastric Sleeve procedure is performed laparoscopically at Panhandle Weight Loss Center. This means that the surgeon will make five or six small incisions in the patient’s abdomen, then use a special video camera (laparoscope) and long, thin surgical instruments to complete the operation.

During a laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, the surgeon uses a stapling device to remove 75 to 80% of the stomach, leaving a narrow “tube” or “sleeve.” This surgery is complete in one to two hours, and does not involve re-routing the intestines as some other bariatric procedures do.

Gastric Sleeve Recovery

Because Gastric Sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically, most patients are able to return home the same day as their weight loss surgery and encounter relatively brief recovery periods. On average, patients are able to return to work 1 week after their gastric sleeve procedure. Many patients from Amarillo or patients who travel to Panhandle Weight Loss Center are eligible to undergo Sleeve Gastrectomy under our FAST Track Program.

Gastric Sleeve Follow-Up and Aftercare

In order for patients to increase their odds of success following Gastric Sleeve surgery, it is important that they continue to follow up with their Panhandle weight loss team. Aftercare includes visits with a Physician Extender who can identify any surgical complications, make adjustments to the patient’s medications, and monitor the patient for potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Other members of our patients’ aftercare teams include dietitians, health coaches, and psychologists.

For more information on what patients can expect before, during, and after Gastric Sleeve surgery, we invite you to view our Bariatric Surgery Manual.

Gastric Sleeve Results

Within two years of surgery, the average Gastric Sleeve recipient loses up to 65% of extra weight. Patients also show marked reduction in or even resolution of obesity comorbidities including:

Patient Stories

Terri's weight loss transformation

Meet Terri

What was life like before bariatric surgery?
I was miserable. I had no energy at all. I got winded without doing much. I couldn’t keep up with my grandchildren and I felt horrible about my appearance which led to more isolation.

What was it like to work with the team, from the start of your journey to today?
It has been amazing. Everyone from the people in the billing office to Dr. Bleu himself has been wonderful to work with. It is so nice to have all of the specialties under one roof.

What is your life like now? What’s the #1 thing you love being able to do now?
My life is amazing! I feel great and I look pretty good as well (even if I say so myself). I’m down 88 pounds and 10 sizes. I am working on running a 5K now. Before I couldn’t even consider walking one. I have energy and I can keep up with the grandkids now. I feel like life just took a curve and it’s on a much better road now than it was before.

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Your Gastric Sleeve Surgery Consultation

If you have a BMI of 30 or more and have been diagnosed with obesity-related conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure, you may be a good candidate for Gastric Sleeve surgery. At Panhandle Weight Loss Center in Amarillo, Texas, we help patients from all over the United States lose weight to embrace healthier and more fulfilling lives. To learn more about your weight loss options, please contact us today for a private consultation.

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Comparison of Surgical Procedures

BandingSleeve GastrectomyGastric BypassDuodenal Switch
Excess Weight Loss40-60%50-65%50-70%80-90%
Rate of Weight LossSlowerFasterFastestFastest
ComplicationsOccur LaterOccur EarlyOccur Early or LateOccur Early or Late
ReversibleYesNoVery DifficultVery Difficult
Implanted DeviceYesNoNoNo
Hospital Stay< 1 Day< 1 Day1 – 2 Days< 1 Day – 1 Day
Time Off Work1 Week1-2 Weeks2 Weeks2 Weeks
US Track RecordSince 1991Since 2000Since 1960sSince 1950s
Anti InflammatoryOkOkNot OkOk
Follow UpMost FrequentLeast FrequentMore FrequentMore Frequent
Weight RegainYesYesYesLess Likely
Convert Procedure to AnotherYesYesDifficultYes

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1 American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Sleeve gastrectomy. Available: Accessed September 9, 2020.

2 Hoyuela C. Five-year outcomes of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a primary procedure for morbid obesity: A prospective study. World J Gastrointest Surg. 2017;9(4):109-117. doi:10.4240/wjgs.v9.i4.109. Available: Accessed September 9, 2020.

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