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Weight Loss Surgery 101: Sleeve Gastrectomy

If you are more than 100 pounds overweight and have obesity-related health concerns, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery, more commonly known as weight loss surgery. Obesity is a chronic condition and for many who suffer from severe obesity, bariatric surgery can be a lifesaving option.

Severe obesity is a chronic condition that requires lifelong treatment, and many have difficulties treating it with diet and exercise alone. There are a number of health conditions linked to obesity, including Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and stroke.

There are several different types of weight loss surgeries currently available. Sleeve gastrectomy is one weight loss procedure that may help patients manage obesity-related health concerns. This surgery, also known as gastric sleeve surgery, is generally performed laparoscopically, which may reduce pain and recovery time.

According to Dr. Guilherme M. Campos, Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Division of Bariatric and Gastrointestinal Surgery at MCV, this surgery helps patients lose excess weight by permanently reducing the size of the stomach. “During this procedure, a portion of the stomach is removed, leaving a narrowed sleeve,” Campos says. “The reduced stomach size limits the amount of food that can be consumed, and patients begin to feel full after eating much smaller meals.”

As with any surgery, weight loss procedures have post-operative risks. Patients who are candidates for weight loss surgery, such as the sleeve gastrectomy, must commit to lifestyle changes, including healthy eating and increasing physical activity. These changes help patients make the most of the procedure and ensure that their health conditions continue to improve.

If you’ve been considering weight loss surgery, making an appointment for a consultation with a specialist is a great place to start. For more information about weight loss procedures, please click here to access information from our website.