Transform Your Life with Gastric Sleeve Surgery


Dr. St. Laurent is now offering gastric sleeve surgery to help patients achieve their weight loss goals. Gastric sleeve surgery offers a number of benefits including relative simplicity and a quick recovery time when compared to other weight loss surgery options. The low-risk profile of the procedure also makes it an attractive option for many who are considering surgical weight loss options.

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Gastric sleeve is one of our newer procedures. A gastric sleeve is basically a restrictive type of procedure where we are removing a majority of a patient's stomach, but also some of the hormonal influence that affects weight such as hunger and satiety. So when we perform a gastric sleeve, we see our patients postoperatively losing good weight at a rapid pace, but they have good control of the volume of food they eat as well as the amount of hunger they experience throughout the day. Some of the advantages of a gastric sleeve really are its simplicity. It's a relatively quick procedure to perform. It's a simple overnight hospital stay. Sometimes even patients can go home the same day, and there's a fairly rapid recovery and a patient's resuming fairly normal activity within a week's period of time. Most patients can be back from work in five to seven days, and these patients see a tremendous amount of weight loss in the first year. Most of our patients are going to exceed 65% to 70% excess weight loss within the first year alone after the procedure. A lot of people see the gastric sleeve as being favorable because it has a low-risk profile and a quick recuperation along with good success. Typical sleeve procedure will take between about 30 to 50 minutes. It really depends on the underlying health and size of the patient. Patients love the simplicity of it. They love the control of the amount of food they can eat, the amount of hunger they experience. They're extremely happy with the weight loss that comes along with it, especially the speed at which the weight loss comes. And then a lot of our patients with the more extensive underlying conditions, like diabetes, high blood pressure, they're seeing significant improvement in these disease processes within a short period of time also.

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