What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery (also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or VSG) involves surgically removing a large portion of the stomach, to reduce stomach volume from approximately 30-40 ounces to approximately 3-4 ounces. Over time, the gastric sleeve will expand to approximately 6-8 ounces.
Dr. Nusbaum uses state-of-the-art technology to complete his gastric sleeve operations. They are typically completed using laparoscopic or advanced robotics, using small incisions. The operation typically takes 1-2 hours and is performed in the hospital. Patients generally stay in the hospital for 1 day and can return to work in 1-2 weeks.
Why Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Reasons to consider sleeve gastrectomy include the following:
- A sleeve gastrectomy by Dr. Nusbaum is highly effective for weight loss – similar to gastric bypass
- Sleeve gastrectomies are an established weight loss procedure and have been proven safe and effective for over 15 years
- A sleeve gastrectomy surgery performed by Dr. Nusbaum is a minimally invasive surgery, using a laparoscopic or robotic approach
- Gastric Sleeve surgeries are relatively low risk – lower risk than gastric bypass surgery
- High patient satisfaction –Dr. Nusbaum’s patients love the outcome of sleeve gastrectomy!
Patients and surgeons commonly choose gastric sleeve surgery over alternative weight loss surgeries. Currently, 70-75% of all first-time weight loss surgeries in the United States are gastric sleeve operations.
Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss in New Jersey
In most cases, when Dr. Nusbaum performs a gastric sleeve surgery, weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery is generally fast and dramatic and occurs over 1-1.5 years. According to many published studies on gastric sleeves, gastric sleeve patients lose an average of 60-80% of their excess weight after surgery, and maintain, on average, most of their initial weight loss long-term.*
How Does Sleeve Gastrectomy Work?
Sleeve gastrectomy surgery causes weight loss by restricting food intake, and by changing the biology of weight regulation. Weight loss without surgery (diet and exercise programs) is hard to achieve, and virtually impossible to maintain, because of biologic mechanisms that work to maintain body weight and prevent weight loss. Sleeve gastrectomy surgery changes this biology. In effect, surgery resets the bodyweight “set-point” to a lower weight. This biology change is what makes long-term weight loss possible after surgery, and what makes gastric sleeve surgery (and gastric bypass surgery) so compelling!*
Why Choose Nusbaum Weight Loss Center for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgeons and programs are not all the same. Different surgeons and programs have different ways of doing surgery (e.g. sleeve size, dimensions) as well as patient care (patient education, patient follow-up, patient support). It is important to note that these differences will result in different patient outcomes. There are numerous published studies make it clear that some surgeons and programs achieve much better weight loss results and much lower complication rates than others.*
In Dr. Nusbaum’s view, the obvious best way to choose a surgeon and program is by actual patient outcomes – weight loss and complication statistics. Other parameters (convenience of location, online reviews, word-of-mouth, insurance, etc.) are just not reliable indicators of quality and performance.
Dr. Nusbaum’s #1 goal, since starting his career has been to achieve the best outcomes possible for his patients. For the outcomes that matter most – weight loss, early major complications (e.g. leak), and late complications (e.g. acid reflux) – Dr. Nusbaum’s statistics beat the industry benchmarks, often by a very wide margin.*
How does Dr. Nusbaum achieve excellent, industry-leading sleeve gastrectomy patient outcomes? By always prioritizing quality surgery and quality patient care (patient education, patient follow-up and patient support).*
More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
As discussed above, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy operation involves surgically removing a large portion of the stomach, to reduce stomach volume from approximately 30-40 ounces to approximately 3-4 ounces. Over time, the gastric sleeve will expand to approximately 6-8 ounces.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery Recovery
Because the gastric sleeve operation is minimally invasive, recovery is generally rapid. Patients typically are discharged from the hospital the day after surgery and return to work in 1-2 weeks. Gastric sleeve patients remain on a liquid diet for 2-3 weeks after surgery, and then slowly transition onto solid foods.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery Follow-Up
Gastric sleeve surgery is a tool that must be used appropriately to achieve solid long-term success. Using the surgical tool effectively requires education, guidance, and support. A primary purpose of follow-up after surgery is to get the education, guidance, and support that will enable maximum weight loss success for you.
How Dr. Nusbaum Does Gastric Sleeve Follow-Up
Dr. Nusbaum prioritizes frequent follow-up early after surgery. He generally sees patients after surgery at 1 week, 2 weeks, 5 weeks, and then monthly until weight loss progress is such that goal weight will be achieved at 1 year. Because the body adapts to the gastric sleeve over time (the sleeve gets bigger), it is important for patients to take advantage of the early months after surgery to lose as much weight as possible. Not taking full advantage of the early restriction will limit ultimate weight loss. When patients come in for follow-up, Dr. Nusbaum evaluates whether weight loss progress is on track for achieving goal weight. Based on this, Dr. Nusbaum can discuss with patients what changes should be made, and what goal weight should be for the next visit. Frequent follow-up early after surgery is one of the key reasons why Nusbaum Weight Centers gastric sleeve weight loss statistics are significantly better than the industry averages.*