Gastric sleeve has soared to popularity heights among other types of weight loss surgery. David Kim, a Dallas weight loss surgeon, explains how vertical sleeve gastrectomy is performed. In addition, he explains the advantages and disadvantages of this innovative weight loss technique.
Dr Kim: Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Resection is an operation that’s gaining much popularity and more favor with my patients. It is an operation in which we will be removing seventy five percent of the volume of the stomach while maintaining the natural openings into and out of the stomach.
Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy
The advantages of this operation is that it is a simpler operation to perform, therefore decreasing the chances of complications as compared to gastric bypass. It also, because we are not re-altering the gastrointestinal tract, decreases the chances for complications with vitamin deficiencies.
Patients can lose weight in a fairly rapid rate. And this also allows patients to get rid of their medical problems with almost the same success as getting gastric bypass surgery.
The disadvantages of Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Resection is that it is a new operation. Because this operation has been around in the United States now for just approximately less than two years, we don’t have much data about this procedure but we believe that it is going to be a long-term, popular and successful operation. Another disadvantage is, that it is not covered by most insurance companies. Because a long tube with resistance is created, it does significantly reduce the amount of food that a patient can eat.