Blossom’s Patented 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 Patented 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.
How It Works
The Safe Sleeve procedure is our trademarked, patented technique for the way we perform the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. The Safe Sleeve technique creates a safety pocket increasing the space between the organs and allows the remaining tissue to be undisturbed. Dr. Tom and Blossom Bariatrics surgeons are specially trained in the Safe Sleeve technique and no other bariatric surgeon in the country performs the Safe Sleeve operation.
This is your stomach in its natural state, with important vessels and organs shown behind it. There is 1cm or less of space between all of the major organs.
First, a safety pocket is created by gently pulling down on the fat pad at the top of the stomach. This pocket that opens up along natural planes increases the space between the organs and is crucial to the enhanced safety of the procedure.
Then, the blood vessels at the bottom of the stomach are cut.
The bottom of the stomach is now free.
A tube is inserted to help make the stomach the correct size, and the stapler begins to divide the stomach.
The stapler is removed when it reaches the top section of the stomach. A tunnel is then created with careful dissection, to make a safe, precise path for the stapler between the back of the stomach and important blood vessels.
The stapler finishes dividing the stomach, using the tunnel as a guide. The tip of the stapler comes out into the safety pocket, and important blood vessels and organs are avoided.
The cut portion of the stomach can now be lifted up and moved out of the way so the vessels attaching the spleen to the stomach can be easily seen and cut.
The cut portion of the stomach is removed, leaving you with your new, small sleeve of a stomach.
Since none of the remaining sleeve was handled or disturbed during the procedure, there is an increased level of safety.
While our approach is unique, the outcome of the Safe Sleeve procedure is the same as the traditional gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy procedure.
*Individual results may vary. Dr. Tom and Blossom Bariatrics surgeons are specially trained in the Safe sleeve technique and no other bariatric surgeon in the country performs the Safe sleeve operation. The Safe Sleeve procedure is patented and trademarked.