For patients who failed more conservative weight loss measures, we offer a full array of bariatric surgery options. Through our comprehensive weight loss program, we aim to inform, educate and make a shared decision with our patients on the best surgical procedures for them. We take into account associated medical problems, previous weight loss attempts and overall goals. Our surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Surgery and fellowship-trained in Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery. All operations are performed through minimally invasive approaches, either laparoscopic or robotic.
What is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?
The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure involves surgery on the stomach only and does not involve the intestine. The surgeon creates a small sleeve or narrow tube by removing the outer portion of the stomach. This is done by using a surgical stapler alongside the curve of the stomach. Once the sleeve or narrow tube is created, the remainder of the stomach is removed. The valve at the stomach remains in place, which continues the normal process of stomach-emptying and allows the feeling of fullness.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy can be performed at Bhatti Surgery Center, our outpatient surgery center. This means you could go home on the same day of surgery without an overnight stay. The procedure decreases the size of the stomach and decreases the secretion of the ‘hunger hormone’ called ghrelin. Together, this results in weight loss and can help treat many medical problems that are linked to obesity, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even diabetes.
Surgical complications are infrequent but can happen. If something does happen your surgical team will use their expertise and knowledge to solve the problem quickly.
Some potential risks are infection, bleeding or leaking at suture/staples, blockage of intestines, dehydration, blood clots, death.
With any surgical procedure there are potential side effects. For bariatric surgery, some side effects can be, nausea, vomiting, gas or bloating, lactose intolerance, temporary hair thinning, depression, and change in bowel habits.
Bhatti Surgery Center requires you to have a COVID test done, health and physical prior to surgery. You will also be given instructions for a bowel preparation; it is important that you follow these instructions. The day before surgery you may drink clear liquids likes water, coffee, tea, apple juice, broth, and clear popsicles. After midnight before surgery, you must take nothing by mouth except medications that have been reviewed with your surgeon.
The first few days you will experience pain where the incision sites are. Some patients experience neck and shoulder pain after laparoscopic surgery as well. Tell your nurses or physician if you are experiencing pain. Keep ahead of the pain, do not wait till the pain is at its worst to start taking the medications prescribed by your surgeon.
Getting up and walking around can help speed up your recovery and reduce complications. Changing positions in bed, walking, and prescribed exercise helps maintain good blood flow which reduces the risk of blood clots. Walking also helps reduce abdominal pain after laparoscopic surgery.
If you experience any of the following, please contact your surgeon right away:
- Fever of 100.5 or above
- Redness, swelling or drainage from incision sites
- Chest pain
- Shortness or breath or difficulty breathing
- Inability to keep down liquids lasting greater than 12 hours
- Nausea or vomiting that lasts longer then 12 hours
- Pain or swelling in your legs
- Urine output less than 4 times in 24 hours
Bariatric surgery is a lifelong commitment and patient must commit to taking vitamins, healthy eating, office checkups, and exercise. Patients who commit to eating healthy, taking their vitamins and exercise will increase their potential for long lasting results.