Safe Sleeve vs.Typical Gastric Sleeve

A comparison between a typical procedure and Dr Tom's Safe Sleeve

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.

Side-by-Side Comparison

Typical Procedure Dr. Tom's SAFE Sleeve
No Touch Technique on Remaining Tissue
Less Damage to Remaining Stomach
No Need for Artificial Staple Reinforcement
Safer Approach to Large Splenic Vessels
Optimized for Outpatient Surgery
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The SAFE Sleeve procedure is our trademarked, patent pending 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.

Understand the difference between a typical vertical sleeve gastrectomy and the SAFE Sleeve technique by viewing the slideshow below:

Typical Sleeve Procedure

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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, the blood vessels at the bottom of the stomach are cut.
Then, the vessels attaching the spleen to the stomach are cut.
There is a risk of damage during this step because the organs are so close together and part of the blood supply is hidden behind structures.
The stomach is completely flipped over and dissected away from the important vessels behind it.
There is a risk of damage during this step because the stomach is moved around so much.
The stomach is flipped back over. A tube is then inserted to help make the stomach the correct size, and the stapler divides the stomach.
The cut portion of the stomach is removed, leaving you with your new, small sleeve of a stomach.
However, because part of the remaining sleeve was dissected and handled during the procedure, there is an increased risk of complications.

SAFE Sleeve Procedure

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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.
*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 patent pending.

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