Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
A path to a healthier new you.
At Sharp, we know that weight-loss surgery is a big decision. That's why we're here to walk you through all your options and help you make the choice that is right for you.
If you are significantly overweight and have been unable to achieve effective weight loss through diet and exercise programs alone, vertical sleeve gastrectomy maybe an option.
How the vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure works.
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy restricts stomach volume and the amount of food intake by removing 85 percent or more of the stomach without causing any gastrointestinal malabsorption or bypassing the intestines.
This removed portion of the stomach is responsible for producing ghrelin, the hormone that causes appetite and hunger. By removing this portion of the stomach, rather than leaving it in place, the level of ghrelin is decreased, which causes loss of or a reduction in appetite.
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy pros and cons.
As with all surgical procedures, there are advantages and disadvantages. At Sharp, we believe it's important you are aware of both.
Advantages of vertical sleeve gastrectomy:
- Appealing option for individuals at a higher risk for the more invasive gastric bypass surgery due to health complications
- Dramatically improves health problems related to weight
- Often allows most foods to be eaten in small amounts
- Outlet to the stomach is preserved, minimizing dumping syndrome
- Possibility of ulcers is significantly reduced
- Reduces stomach volume
Disadvantages of vertical sleeve gastrectomy:
- Considered investigational by some insurance companies
- Part of the procedure is not reversible
- Weight-loss failure can occur with frequent snacking or lack of exercise
Is weight-loss surgery right for you?
Make an educated and informed decision about weight-loss surgery by attending one of our free educational seminars. You will learn everything you need to know about vertical sleeve gastrectomy, including program requirements and other treatment options.
We also recommend you attend one of our monthly support groups to talk with and ask questions of other weight-loss surgery patients.
Find out more.
Learn more by reading our frequently asked questions about vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
If you aren't sure if weight-loss surgery is right for you or you don't meet the requirements but are still interested in losing weight, learn more about our personalized weight-loss programs at Sharp.
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