Weight Loss Surgery
What Is It?
Gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive type of procedure that permanently reduces the size of the stomach, thereby limiting food intake as well as the sensation of hunger. This procedure does not involve intestinal rerouting or malabsorption unless followed by Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and uses only the client’s own natural tissues.
Gastric sleeve is performed laparoscopically and removes approximately 80 percent of the client’s stomach along the greater curvature, leaving only a long tube (or “sleeve”) for the new – much smaller – stomach pouch. The new stomach pouch is then stapled, and the small intestine is left intact. As the removed portion of the stomach is where the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin is produced, we essentially rid you of hunger.
Dr. Tom’s Patent Pending SAFE Sleeve® Procedure
As one of the first surgeons to perform a vertical sleeve gastrectomy in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dr. Tom Umbach has many years of experience in perfecting his VSG technique.
Over the years, Dr. Tom has perfected the patent pending Safe Sleeve® – a unique and safer way to perform a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. The SAFE Sleeve is performed laparoscopically and on an outpatient basis and only performed by Dr. Tom or his professionally trained surgeons at Blossom Bariatrics.
Learn more about Dr. Tom’s Patent Pending SAFE Sleeve® technique.
All gastric sleeve procedures performed at Blossom Bariatrics and Warm Springs Surgical Center are done with this unique, patented pending approach.
Why Gastric Sleeve?
- Performed laparoscopically as an outpatient surgery
- Avoids the technical and long-term difficulties of the gastric bypass
- No maintenance problems or artificial implants like those associated with gastric banding
- Weight loss is comparable to that of the gastric bypass
- The hunger hormone, ghrelin, is virtually eliminated
- Significant improvements in diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea
- Recommended by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Blossom Bariatrics in Las Vegas, Nevada, is home to nationally renowned, board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Tom Umbach. With more than 15 years of specialized experience in gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, Dr. Umbach has been named one of the “Nation’s Leading Bariatric Surgeons” and “Best Healthcare Consultants.” Together with his compassionate staff, Dr. Umbach attracts clients worldwide with unparalleled pre- and post-operative support, unmatched pricing, a convenient location and world-class expertise.