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Central Florida Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Rapid, Long-Term Weight Loss Solutions

Commonly known simply as “the sleeve” or “vertical sleeve,” Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is a weight loss procedure that involves the removal of approximately 80% of the stomach. This is a non-reversible procedure that greatly restricts calorie consumption, which can lead to rapid, significant weight loss.

At East Coast Bariatrics, we have more than 15 years of experience providing a variety of weight loss solutions, including vertical sleeve gastrectomy in Central Florida and the nearby areas. Our team consists of multiple individuals with backgrounds in various disciplines who are there to support you from pre-op to post-surgery recovery. We can help you determine if you are a good candidate for the sleeve, as well as what to expect both in terms of the procedure itself and its typical results.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about our Central Florida weight loss solutions, including the Laparoscopic Sleeve procedure.

How Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Works

The general mechanism that causes vertical sleeve gastrectomy to be an effective weight loss option is that the dramatic reduction in stomach size allows an individual to only consume a small amount of food. This reduces the overall number of calories consumed, leading to weight loss. Arguably more importantly, however, the procedure also has an effect on gut hormones that control satiety, hunger, and blood sugar. This, combined with fewer calories consumed, can lead to dramatic, quick weight loss.

Some of the advantages of vertical sleeve gastrectomy include:

  • Similar effectiveness as roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Shown to improve Type 2 diabetes, independent of weight loss
  • Somewhat lowered risk of complications than roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Can lead to excess weight loss of more than 50%
  • Typical maintenance of more than 50% excess weight loss
  • Does not require foreign object insertion or bypassing
  • Relatively short hospital stay
  • Favorable changes to gut hormones, leading to suppressed hunger

What Are the Drawbacks of Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Like any weight loss solution, there are certain cons to the sleeve. Because the procedure involves the removal of about 80% of the stomach, it is non-reversible. This means that patients will not be able to return to eating “normally” as they did before the procedure—though for many, this can be seen as a pro.

With the right lifestyle changes, including proper diet, nutrition, and exercise, individuals who undergo vertical sleeve gastrectomy can enjoy fast, significant weight loss that lasts. Our entire staff is dedicated to helping you succeed—your weight does not have to control your life.

Call our office today to learn more about the sleeve and to find out if this procedure is right for you.