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Gastric Bypass and Bariatric Surgery at DCH Regional Medical Center

Undergoing a bariatric procedure to lose weight is not a decision to be taken lightly. Surgeries like sleeve gastrectomy are not for everyone who is extremely overweight. But for those who qualify and are willing to make permanent choices to lead a more healthy lifestyle, the procedures can be life-saving and life-changing.

What is Sleeve gastrectomy?

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric procedure in which the surgeon removes approximately 85% of the stomach, shaping the remaining stomach into a tube or “sleeve.” It can be used as a first stage operation prior to a gastric bypass or as a definite procedure.

What are the advantages of the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?

During the laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure, the nerves of the stomach and the outlet valve (pylorus) are not altered, preserving the function of the stomach. Other advantages:

  • The rest of the gastrointestinal tract anatomy is not altered, so the food ingested follows the normal course. This results in less chance of developing lack of vitamins and minerals and eliminates dumping syndrome.

  • The procedure decreases significantly the hunger by removing the part of the stomach that produces the main stimulating hormones.

  • Minimize the chance of developing ulcers.

  • Fewer office visits that the Lap Band, since there is no need for band size adjustments.

How Does Sleeve Gastrectomy Compare to Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass surgery is the most common form of Bariatric surgery, in which the intestines are rerouted and a small stomach pouch is created by stapling off the main body of the stomach. Food flows through this pouch, bypassing the main portion of the stomach and emptying slowly into the small intestine where it is absorbed. However, gastric bypass is not for everyone. More patients qualify for gastric sleeve procedures, which promotes rapid and long term weight loss without implants and without rerouting the intestinal tract. This makes the surgery ideal for those who do not need something as serious as gastric bypass. It also means that the sleeve gastrectomy is sometimes used in the morbidly obese who are not yet fit to qualify for the seriousness of gastric bypass.   

Because sleeve gastrectomy is ideal for so many obese patients, it is the procedure that DCH Regional Medical Center performs and recommends to patients who qualify.

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