If you seek ways to lose a tremendous amount of weight, a gastric sleeve might be recommended. Chad Carlton, MD, FACS, FASBMS, of LoneStar Bariatrics, is a highly trained and experienced bariatric surgeon, providing an extensive range of weight-loss solutions to women and men in the North Dallas area. To find out more about gastric sleeve surgery, call LoneStar Bariatrics’s office or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation with a Waxahachie or Plano gastric sleeve specialist.
What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
A gastric sleeve, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, is a minimally invasive bariatric surgery structured to help people achieve significant weight loss. It helps reduce the risks of certain life-threatening health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, Infertility, High cholesterol levels, Sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Having gastric sleeve surgery can also reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease.
How Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery work?
Dr. Carlton conducts a gastric sleeve procedure laparoscopically using small devices, a long, flexible measuring device referred to as a bougie, and a miniature camera for guidance. After making a small incision in your abdominal wall, Dr. Carlton removes about three-quarters of your stomach, leaving only a small portion.
Following gastric sleeve surgery, the remaining stomach resembles a banana in size and shape. This procedure dramatically reduces the amount of food you can take in for the rest of your life. A gastric sleeve surgery affects the hormones in your gut, which contribute to feelings of fullness and hunger and manage blood sugar. The procedure takes up to an hour and requires an overnight hospital stay.
Who Is The Right Candidate For A Gastric Sleeve?
A gastric sleeve is generally recommended for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 35-39.9, a weight-related health concern, or if your BMI is 40 or more. In most circumstances, Dr. Carlton discusses surgical intervention for weight loss if you have tried losing weight through exercise and diet without any success.
That said, a gastric sleeve surgery only works best if you are dedicated to making permanent lifestyle adjustments to support your surgery. If you’re opting for a gastric sleeve, Dr. Carlton works hand-in-hand with you to discuss your weight-loss expectations, the procedure, and any risks associated with surgery, and whether you are the best fit for it.
What to Expect From a Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Following your procedure, patients should expect a reduced appetite, which makes it easy to lose massive weight in a short period. As you adjust to your treatment, Dr. Carlton and the team will help you learn to listen to your new stomach’s signals and make healthy eating choices.
Even though your stomach is significantly reduced following a gastric sleeve surgery, it is possible to re-stretch with time, resulting in weight gain. To ensure you enjoy lasting weight loss results, it is vital to adhere to Dr. Carlton’s instructions following your surgery.
In conclusion, the team at LoneStar Bariatrics focuses on safe, surgical weight-loss services. To determine if you are the right candidate for gastric sleeve, call the office near you or use the online booking tool to get started with a consultation.