Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Leading the Way in New Weight Loss Procedures
The gastric sleeve procedure, also referred to as vertical sleeve gastrectomy or VSG, has quickly become one of the leading new surgical weight loss options for patients in the last 10 years. The N.E.W. Program has extensive experience performing the gastric sleeve procedures with excellent results. In fact, Dr. Brian Quebbemann was the first surgeon in the world to perform the gastric sleeve procedure using the “Scarless” SPIDER technique.
The gastric sleeve originally was the first stage of a two-stage procedure. However, patients who had just gone through the “sleeve” part of the surgery showed excellent weight loss results—without ever needing the second part of the process.
Who Should Undergo Gastric Sleeve?
Individuals with low BMI may qualify for the gastric sleeve procedure.
- They are concerned with the long-term side effects of gastric bypass
- They do not want to have an artificial device attached to their stomach
- They do not want to have to come in for adjustments
- They are interested in a minimally invasive, virtually “scarless” surgery
How Does the Sleeve Work?
Like the gastric bypass, the gastric sleeve helps patients lose weight by causing them to “feel full” with smaller amounts of food. It reduces the size of the stomach by about 80 percent and removes a portion of the stomach that produces hormones that cause hunger, which significantly reduces how much a person needs to eat before they feel full.
The gastric sleeve has been shown to be safe and effective in patients with a BMI greater than 30. It is a non-reversible weight loss procedure that serves as an excellent option for many patients that do not want the Lap-Band.
Similar to gastric bypass, a gastric sleeve will also make a patient feel full earlier when eating, however, there is not bypass involved in the stomach or intestine. In comparison to gastric banding, the gastric sleeve procedure involves no artificial device and no need for adjustments.