Gastric Sleeve/Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure

Regain Control of Your Life with Gastric Sleeve Surgery

The sleeve gastrectomy, or “gastric sleeve,” is a leading-edge surgical procedure in which most of the stomach is removed to suppress the appetite and restrict food intake. Thanks to today’s advanced laparoscopic techniques, sleeve gastrectomy can usually be performed as an outpatient procedure without major incisions, minimizing the risk of complications and side effects and leading to less discomfort and less downtime than other weight loss surgery.

In other words, sleeve gastrectomy can be truly transformative, causing significant and rapid weight loss and alleviating many obesity-related health concerns!

Dr. Wiljon Beltre, board-certified surgeon at Beltre Bariatrics Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, offers the sleeve gastrectomy as part of a comprehensive self-pay program to ensure this incredible weight loss procedure is available to everyone who needs it!

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Weight Loss Benefits of the Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve, helps facilitate rapid and significant weight loss in two critical ways:

1. Depressing the appetite

Removing a portion of the stomach called the fundus reduces the body’s ability to produce ghrelin, a hormone that controls appetite. This has the benefit of drastically reducing how much you want to eat!

2. Limiting food intake

At only about 30% of its original size, the post-operative stomach holds only about 10% of what the original stomach could have at any one time. So you are simply unable to eat as much as before the procedure!

The Health Benefits of the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Hypertension, hyperlipidemia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and, most critically, type 2 diabetes are just a few of the obesity-related health problems that seem to respond very favorably to sleeve gastrectomy.

Unfortunately, despite being linked to obesity, many of these problems fail to respond to diet-induced weight loss. Yet all of these serious health concerns, along with others, have been shown to diminish significantly immediately after the gastric sleeve procedure for many patients. While the exact mechanism governing the link between the gastric sleeve procedure and the amelioration of these health concerns is not known, it is believed to be linked to the suppression of several gut hormones, including peptide tyrosine-tyrosine (PPY), incretins, and ghelin.  The release of GLP-1 (Glucagon-like polypeptide-1) from the small intestines stimulates insulin production and helps stop type 2 diabetes.

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The Gastric Sleeve Procedure

For most patients, sleeve gastrectomy can be performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Thanks to today’s advanced laparoscopic techniques, the surgery usually takes one hour or less. In addition to reducing recovery times, many patients experience less discomfort, less long-term scarring, and fewer post-operative complications. Today’s sleeve gastrectomy is statistically as safe as any other routine surgical procedure.

However, it is essential to understand that all surgery, including weight loss, entails risk. During your preliminary appointments, we will review these risks with you to be sure you fully understand them and provide specific instructions for your procedure. You must follow these pre-and post-operative instructions strictly.

The sleeve gastrectomy involves permanently removing approximately 70% of the stomach. The remaining stomach tissue resembles a vertical, banana-shaped “sleeve” between the esophagus and the small intestine. Unlike other weight loss surgery options, this procedure does not bypass part of the intestine, and the remaining stomach sleeve processes food normally. However, the post-operative stomach can only hold approximately 10% of what the original stomach could hold, usually between 3 to 4 ounces of food.

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of the stomach is removed

Restricts Food Intake

The new banana-shaped stomach will need less food to feel full

Decreased Hunger and Appetite

Removes the stomach that produces most of the hunger hormone, Ghrelin

The procedure is performed with an advanced laparoscopic technique involving only 5-6 small incisions in the abdomen. Trochars, or small pen-shaped tubes, are inserted through these incisions. A video camera is inserted through one trochar, while surgical instruments are inserted through the others. This technique enables the surgeon to make precise surgical alterations to the stomach without large-scale abdominal incisions. The result is a safer, highly effective weight loss surgery that can transform your health and overall well-being.


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Significant weight loss is possible.

Considering the sleeve gastrectomy as a weight loss option can be life-changing, offering rapid and substantial weight loss alongside improvements in various obesity-related health concerns.

To take the next step toward reclaiming your health and vitality, contact us today for a consultation and personalized guidance on your weight loss journey.

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