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.sleeve illustration

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 843-732-0995.


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