Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Considering Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Take action and learn if gastric sleeve surgery can help you accomplish your health goals!
You have thought about losing weight for years. You have probably tried countless weight loss methods, from diet pills to trendy new diets to weight loss devices. Have you had a hard time finding a treatment that works?
It is only natural to look for a single solution for weight loss that will change your life for the better, but you may question if one exists. The short answer is no, there is no single solution for long-term weight loss. With the most effective bariatric weight loss procedures, there is still hard work and a long-term commitment that need to be made to reach your long-term weight loss goals. However, gastric sleeve surgery, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) is known to reduce your appetite and stimulate weight loss. We will partner with you to help you reach your goals.
Schedule an appointment today with Bariatric Physician, Keli McCalman at Inspire Bariatrics to discuss the gastric sleeve surgery and how it can help you lose weight and keep it off!Schedule an Appointment
What is gastric sleeve surgery?
A gastric sleeve, also called a bariatric sleeve, is a bariatric weight loss procedure to stimulate weight loss for obese patients. Gastric sleeve surgery stimulates weight loss by decreasing your stomach’s size. Your stomach may reduce in size permanently by around 75-80%.
When compared to gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery is less invasive. To determine if you are a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery, you will first need to schedule an appointment with your doctor where you will undergo an examination.Learn more about bariatric weight loss surgeries here
What are the gastric sleeve surgery benefits?
Gastric sleeve surgery or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is a popular bariatric weight loss surgery that has quickly become the most common surgery because of its benefits and minimal side effects. Gastric sleeve surgery, when performed with a robotic system, is...
- Minimally invasive
- Capable of decreasing your appetite
- Able to improve your health
- Linked to reducing your weight, which can improve your enjoyment of life
To learn more about the benefits, risks, and side effects of gastric sleeve surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. McCalman from Inspire Bariatrics today.Schedule an Appointment
Gastric Sleeve Surgery Procedure
How does gastric sleeve surgery work?
After being approved for bariatric surgery, participating in a pre-op appointment, and scheduling your gastric sleeve surgery, you will be ready for your procedure. During the gastric sleeve surgery procedure, you will first be given general anesthesia.
At Inspire Bariatrics, the gastric sleeve surgery is performed with the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. In other practices, gastric sleeve surgery may be performed as a laparoscopic procedure. During laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery, 5-6 incisions are made in the abdomen to insert a video camera (laparoscope). Instruments will then be placed through these incisions to complete the two-hour procedure.
With addition of the da Vinci System, the robotic system is able to give the surgeon an advanced view of the procedure using 3DHD and added mobility and flexibility. This allows for less pain and a quicker recovery due to the finer movements and decreased pulling tension required during the procedure. Approximately 75-80% of your stomach will be removed, which restricts the amount of food you can consume. The new shape of your stomach will resemble a “sleeve.” Your surgeon will then close the incisions, and you will be given gastric sleeve surgery aftercare recommendations.
Calculate Your BMI
BMI is a scale based on your height to weight ratio. For example, if you are 5’4” tall and weigh 180 pounds, your BMI is 30.9 and you meet the minimum BMI requirement for gastric sleeve surgery.
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Bariatric Surgery Requirements: Are you a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?
“Do I weigh enough to qualify for gastric sleeve surgery?”
Prospective patients for gastric sleeve surgery should have a Body Mass Index (BMI) number of at least 30. For some bariatric procedures and providers, a BMI of 35 or 40 is required for bariatric weight loss surgery. An underlying health condition, including hypercholesterolemia, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, or high blood pressure can increase the liklihood that your insurance will cover bariatric surgery. Due to the positive impact weight loss has on your body, your conditions may improve after gastric sleeve surgery or other bariatric surgery.
As a gastric sleeve candidate, you will have tried to lose weight in the past with traditional methods. If you have tried eating healthy, working out regularly, and/or using medications for at least 6-8 months, you may be a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery. Additional requirements include being able to receive general anesthesia and be under 450 pounds. You will also undergo an evaluation to see if you are truly committed to losing weight and maintaining your new weight. Remember, bariatric weight loss surgery gives you a kickstart on your weight loss journey, but you have to make a significant commitment to change in order to enjoy the long-term benefits of the procedure.
Are you committed to getting and staying fit to live a long and happy life?Learn more about weight loss surgery requirements here
Explore Gastric Sleeve Surgery from Inspire Bariatrics
Do you meet the requirements for gastric sleeve surgery? Are you committed to making lifestyle changes that will maximize your results from gastric sleeve surgery? If so, then it is time to schedule an appointment with Dr. McCalman and the Inspire Bariatrics Team
Dr. McCalman is among the leading gastric sleeve surgeons in the area. Bariatric Surgery Clinic is located in McKinney, Texas, near Allen, Frisco, Plano, Melissa, Anna, Wylie, Sachse, The Colony, Richardson, and Little Elm, and is just a short 30-minute drive from Dallas/Fort Worth.
It's not just a decision for surgery or discussions about cost/insurance. It's also very much about finding the right bariatric support team for you, feeling comfortable and confident with Inspire Bariatrics and where you will find and be supported in your inspiring transformation.