If losing weight was a simple, straightforward process, the obesity epidemic wouldn’t affect more than one-third of adults in the United States, or nearly 79 million Americans. If your weight is impacting your health and you’re tired of ineffective diets, you may be a good candidate for weight-loss surgery. One of the most effective bariatric surgeries available is the gastric sleeve. At Northwest EndoSurgical in Cypress, Houston, Texas, board-certified surgeon Dr. Matthew St. Laurent offers gastric sleeve surgery to patients in the greater Houston area. Call or book your appointment online today.
Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, is a procedure designed to reduce the size of your stomach and help you feel full sooner. As a result, you’ll eat less, which will make it easier for you to lose weight. Gastric sleeve surgery is non-reversible because it involves removing part of the actual stomach tissue.
A sleeve gastrectomy comes with a wide range of benefits, including:
The dramatic results possible after gastric bypass surgery are clearly seen in these before and after photographs of actual patients:
Because the exact amount of weight you lose may be different, these photos are only meant as a guide to possible results.
Gastric sleeve surgery is done under general anesthesia. After making several small quarter-inch to half-inch incisions in your abdomen, Dr. St. Laurent will insert a laparoscope, or tiny camera, through one of the incisions to broadcast images to a nearby computer monitor. These images will guide Dr. St. Laurent during the operation.
During the procedure, Dr. St. Laurent removes a sizable section of stomach tissue, reducing it to less than half its normal size. Then, the remaining stomach tissue — which is a thin, vertical “sleeve” — is stapled shut and your incisions are sewn together.
To read Dr. St. Laurent’s complete gastric sleeve surgical procedure guide, click here.
In the two-week period leading up to your surgery, Dr. St. Laurent will recommend a dietary program for you, which may include only liquids. He may also advise you to stop taking certain medications or forego smoking and alcohol.
Your diet will be restricted for approximately one month following surgery. In the beginning, you may consume only liquids; you can gradually add solid foods back into your diet over time.
You may also need to eliminate the amount of food you eat at one time. It’s important to drink plenty of water during the recovery period to avoid dehydration and help reduce constipation.
The cost of gastric sleeve surgery varies, so the exact price will be discussed with you during your consultation. You’ll also be given an opportunity to apply for financing, if needed.
If you’re committed to eating small-sized portions of food indefinitely, you may be an ideal candidate for gastric sleeve surgery. That’s because if you begin overeating after you have the procedure, your stomach can stretch out and render your results ineffective.
Dr. St. Laurent is a leading bariatric surgeon in the Houston area. His practice, Northwest EndoSurgical, is recognized as a Center of Excellence practice by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, and has received a five-star rating from Healthgrades. Because he’s also a board-certified general surgeon, you’ll be in excellent hands before, during, and after your procedure.
Dr. St. Laurent begins by obtaining a complete health history to determine your risk of side effects. He also discusses diet and nutrition, so you’ll have a better understanding of the changes you’ll need to make afterwards.
Dr. St. Laurent may also recommend you lose some weight before the surgery to ensure it goes more smoothly and results in fewer complications.
Gastric sleeve surgery is an excellent way to shed stubborn pounds and keep them off. If you’re in the greater Houston region and you’d like to put an end to yo-yo dieting once and for all, call 281-810-7895 or book your appointment online today.
*Individual results may vary