A Gastric Sleeve done in Corpus Christi is a weight loss surgery procedure offered at the Bay Area Hospital by Lloyd Stegemann, M.D., and Jegan Gopal, M.D. at Bay Area Medical Center Hospital for patients considering weight loss surgery. For more information about the Gastric Sleeve procedure please see our interactive below for detailed descriptions. If interested in meeting Dr. Stegemann or Dr. Gopal, scheduling an appointment you may use our ‘save time’ form or visit our seminar page.
What is It?
The Gastric Sleeve, also known as the vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a newer operation but has grown in popularity over the last five years. This operation used to be the first step in a two-step operation, but is now used alone because of the significant weight loss that can be seen after the procedure. The gastric sleeve is created by removing around 70-80% of the stomach to create a long tube or “sleeve” of stomach (see picture). This narrow tube of stomach allows a patient to eat small amounts of food and feel full. Sleeve patients also see a reduction in their hunger which is likely due to a number of factors. This is the only procedure offered by Dr. Stegemann that is truly not reversible. Unlike the gastric bypass, there is no bypassing or “rerouting” of the small intestine.
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve
- •Excellent weight loss (average of 60-70% of excess weight)
- •Good resolution of weight related medical problems
- •Excellent hunger and portion control
- •No bypassing small intestine so no dumping syndrome
- •Digestive Tract Remains intact
- •No Foreign Devices that need to be filled over time
As with any surgery, there are potential risks associated with Sleeve Gastrectomy. While all of the risks listed below are possible, the likelihood of them occurring is often based on your overall health and medical problems prior to surgery. When you meet with Dr. Stegemann he will discuss with you your individual risks.
Potential risks of Gastric Sleeve include, but are not limited to:
- •Anesthesia reactions
- •Blood Clots in legs or lungs
- •Breathing Problems
- •Injury to stomach, esophagus, liver, or spleen
- •Conversion to open procedure (large incision)
- •GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease or severe heartburn)
- •Need for additional procedures
- •Failure to lose weight
- •Vitamin and mineral deficiencies