Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) can help individuals lose large amounts of weight by surgically removing a significant portion of the stomach. This procedure is often helpful for patients who are at an extreme risk of developing life-threatening illnesses brought on by excess weight, and for those who qualify for other weight loss surgery procedures. While VSG has helped many patients lose weight safely and effectively, it is important to remember that this procedure is not reversible and, as with any major surgery, there are risks involved. The doctors at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center will meet with you and discuss your candidacy for the procedure, as well as risks and benefits, in an initial consultation. All of your questions and concerns will be addressed, and together, we will decide if vertical sleeve gastrectomy is the right procedure for your needs.
The Laparoscopic Difference
Since gastric sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically, with long instruments and small incisions, the procedure is typically completed more quickly and results in a more rapid recovery than more traditional surgical techniques. The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is performed under general anesthesia. The bariatric surgeon will make five or six incisions in the abdominal region, and, using a stapling device, will permanently remove about 70-80 percent of the stomach. A thin stomach tube is created that retains the natural openings for food to pass through. This "sleeve" will hold less food than before – helping you to feel full after less food intake and making it possible to lose significant amounts of weight.
The pain and discomfort following VSG surgery is typically rather mild – due to the use of the laparoscopic approach – and can be managed with medication. Most patients can resume normal daily activities after one week. The bariatric surgery team will also schedule routine follow-up appointments with you to monitor your progress to ensure that you are healing properly, and help you adjust to your new dietary habits.
Information provided by the Kane Center.