Have you been told in the past that you are too heavy for LAP-BAND® surgery or gastric bypass surgery? If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is high enough that you cannot safely have laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, don’t give up. Our board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Wadiwala has helped patients just like you turn their lives around and enjoy a healthier, happier lifestyle with laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is an advanced bariatric procedure that removes 80% of your stomach, leaving you with a much smaller, sleeve-shaped organ that holds 100 to 150 mL of food and liquid. Because your stomach is significantly smaller, you will become fuller faster and consume less overall. Sleeve gastrectomy is quite safe, and leaves all nerves and sphincter muscles untouched. Though it is a relatively new procedure, it has been proven highly effective, and Dr. Wadiwala performs more gastrectomies than any other procedure. With proper diet and exercise, you can lose 30 to 50 percent of your body weight in the first two years following your surgery.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass Surgery
Severe obesity is a life-threatening condition, but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. If your Body Mass Index is dangerously high, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery can be the first stage in your journey toward a healthier life. Sleeve gastrectomy, also called the stomach staple surgery, can be performed as the first stage of a gastric bypass surgery operation for those whose BMI makes other weight loss surgeries less safe.
In this two-stage plan, Dr. Wadiwala first performs the laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy, in which he staples, then removes about two-thirds of your stomach. The remaining portion is shaped like a tube, or sleeve. The sleeve has a smaller capacity, which is enough for a full meal, but helps keep you from overeating.
If you are ready to turn your life around with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in the Spring, Cypress, Houston, Woodlands area, please contact our certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Wadiwala to learn more about weight loss surgery.