At the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa/Gilbert, Arrowhead and Tucson, AZ, we look at every patient’s needs to customize their weight loss surgery options. We offer gastric sleeve surgery in Phoenix, AZ for patients who are looking for a lower-cost and less intensive alternative to the gastric bypass. This safe and highly innovative procedure has helped many people lose excess weight and improve their quality of life and health.
How Does Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy) Work?
During the gastric sleeve procedure, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon removes about 80-85% of the stomach and reshapes it into the shape of a sleeve. This sleeve can hold between 2-3 fl oz of food.
In contrast to gastric bypass, gastric sleeve procedures do not bypass part of the small intestine in order to reduce absorption. Instead, the gastric sleeve focuses on controlling food intake and reducing hunger. Part of the stomach that is removed in the procedure is responsible for producing ghrelin, otherwise known as the hunger hormone. Lower ghrelin production will reduce feelings of hunger.
Gastric sleeve surgery in Phoenix is a laparoscopic procedure. This means that the procedure is done using tiny cameras inserted into small incisions which guide the instruments that perform the procedure through these incisions. This reduces recovery time and risk of complications.
The typical gastric sleeve patient is expected to lose between 55-70% of their excess weight, with some patients losing more and others losing less. Maximum weight loss occurs within two years after surgery.¹
Why Choose Gastric Sleeve in Phoenix?
Gastric sleeve surgery is the only bariatric surgical procedure that doesn’t require rerouting the intestines, as in gastric bypass, nor installing foreign objects, as with the LAP-BAND. The surgery is relatively low risk and is, on average, comparable to the gastric bypass in terms of weight loss.
Is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy in Phoenix for you? We offer two options that can help you get the information you need. Request your consultation online or RSVP to one of our weight loss seminars today.