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.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Before & After

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Why Gastric Sleeve?

The gastric sleeve combines many of the benefits of both the gastric band and the gastric bypass; but without a foreign object and the many complications of the gastric band, including the following:

  • 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.

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