Gastric Sleeve Miami
It is no secret Obesity is one of the greatest public health threats in the United States. Over 72 million Americans are obese.
Studies have consistently shown bariatric surgery is the most effective and long-lasting treatment for obesity.
“Sleeve gastrectomy has proven itself to be a safe and effective option in patients with morbid obesity and this procedure should be considered a primary procedure for weight loss and obesity-related disease improvement and resolution,” said Robin Blackstone, MD, President ASMBS.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Performed laparoscopically in a hospital, Gastric Sleeve Surgery begins with micro-incisions in the abdomen to accommodate instruments and a camera. The surgeon inserts a sizer into the stomach, and then proceeds to staple a seam to divide the portion of the stomach, which is then excised.
The remaining portion of the stomach is about the size of a small banana, allowing the patient to consume less food in order to feel full.
Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy
Patients who undergo this minimally invasive procedure experience rapid weight loss and improvement in conditions associated with obesity such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Arthritis/Joint Pain
- High Cholesterol
- Sleep apnea
- Lower risk for a cardiac event
The most noted benefit of undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss is the reduction in overall appetite, feelings of hunger, and cravings. The production of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin is reduced by removing a portion of the stomach largely responsible for its production.
Once these dietary pitfalls are reduced or altogether eliminated, patients find it easy to stay on their diets and follow the guidelines set forth by Dr. Moradian.
Candidates for Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Overweight people who are otherwise in good health and are physically able to endure the stress of surgery may qualify for Gastric Sleeve Surgery. Some patients may be required to lose weight prior to surgery in order to manage co-existing conditions.
It is important to be psychologically prepared to undergo bariatric surgery, as a drastic lifestyle change is necessary.
We ask our patients to commit to losing weight and to focus on improving their life in many aspects, not just their diet.
Patients are asked to establish positive inter-personal relationships with others who are also losing weight regardless of method, as well as to take responsibility over their decision to lose weight at keep it off. Accountability is a major part of long-term weight loss and management.
When combined with a diet which targets fat-loss, the weight loss results are significantly higher. Follow your doctor’s orders and you will be successful on this journey.
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