Gastric Sleeve

East Cooper Bariatric Surgery provides several different non-surgical and surgical weight loss procedures, including gastric sleeve in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy – often called “the sleeve” – is performed by removing approximately 80% of the stomach. The remaining stomach is a tubular pouch that resembles a banana.

This procedure works by several mechanisms. First, the new stomach pouch holds a considerably smaller volume than the normal stomach and helps to significantly reduce the amount of food (and thus calories) that can be consumed. The greater impact, however, seems to be the effect the surgery has on gut hormones that impact a number of factors including hunger, satiety, and blood sugar control.

Short-term studies show that the sleeve is as effective as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in terms of weight loss and improvement or remission of diabetes. There is also evidence that suggests the sleeve, similar to the gastric bypass, is effective in improving type 2 diabetes independent of the weight loss. The complication rates of the sleeve fall between those of the adjustable gastric band and the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

Recovery time for gastric sleeve surgery is approximately 2 to 3 weeks for the incisions to heal, and 6 to 8 weeks for the stomach staple line to heal. Most patients can return to a normal lifestyle and exercise routine after about a month. Statistically, the reported weight loss for this procedure starts at about 60%, with more success for patients who adhere to dietary and behavioral guidelines.

At East Cooper Bariatric Surgery, our physicians provide surgical and non-surgical treatments to help our patients achieve their weight loss goals. This includes sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, gastric band, revisional gastric surgery, TIF procedure, medically managed weight loss, gastric balloon, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, and endoscopic revision procedures. To schedule an in-office or telehealth consultation to discuss your weight loss treatment options, call us today at (843) 352-4154.

Gastric Bypass

Being severely overweight or obese is a chronic condition with both genetics and environmental factors contributing to its prevalence. When it comes to long-term weight loss, there is no quick fix and often diet and exercise are not enough. Prioritize your health with the help of East Cooper Bariatric Surgery. We offer gastric bypass in Mount Pleasant to assist you with achieving your health goals.

Adjustable Gastric Band

The Adjustable Gastric Band – often called the band – involves an inflatable band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a small stomach pouch above the band, and the rest of the stomach below the band.

The common explanation of how this device works is that with the smaller stomach pouch, eating just a small amount of food will satisfy hunger and promote the feeling of fullness. The feeling of fullness depends upon the size of the opening between the pouch and the remainder of the stomach created by the gastric band. The size of the stomach opening can be adjusted by filling the band with sterile saline, which is injected through a port placed under the skin.

Reducing the size of the opening is done gradually over time with repeated adjustments or “fills.” The notion that the band is a restrictive procedure (works by restricting how much food can be consumed per meal and by restricting the emptying of the food through the band) has been challenged by studies that show the food passes rather quickly through the band, and that absence of hunger or feeling of being satisfied was not related to food remaining in the pouch above the band. What is known is that there is no malabsorption; the food is digested and absorbed as it would be normally.

Gastric Balloon

Obesity is a medical condition that has a negative impact on your overall health, causing serious disorders including diabetes and heart disease. For many, diet and exercise alone are not sufficient at combatting obesity. Know that it is not your fault and you are not alone. You have options regarding weight loss assistance to help you get your health on track. East Cooper Bariatric Surgery offers the gastric balloon in Mount Pleasant for this reason. This FDA-approved weight loss solution assists you with losing weight by helping you change your habits. It works overtime to enable long-term weight loss that you can maintain. Call us today at (843) 352-4154 to learn more.

(Content source: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery)