Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Overview

The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a type of weight loss surgery in which approximately 85% of the stomach is removed. This leaves a cylindrical or sleeve-shaped stomach. The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy differs from other bariatric surgery methods because the nerves to the stomach are left untouched and the normal function of the stomach is preserved.

Since the stomach functions normally, patients have fewer restrictions on which foods they can consume after surgery, even though the quantity of food will be limited. Most patients state that one advantage to Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is the elimination of the hormones in the stomach that trigger hunger.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is only considered for patients with severe obesity. Having a mild weight problem is not a reason to undergo Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. Individuals who consider any weight loss need to discuss their options and learn about the risks and recovery involved in these procedures before making a decision.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy procedures, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe plastic surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy will result in significant weight loss. Weight loss may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective plastic surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the plastic surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a plastic surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy procedures may involve different techniques. You want to make sure that you choose a plastic surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the plastic surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your plastic surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy:

  • Is Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy the right procedure for me?
  • How can I prepare for Bariatric surgery?
  • What type of Anesthesia will be used?
  • What can I expect after surgery?
  • When can I go back to work and return to my normal daily activities?
  • What are the costs involved in Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy?

If you're consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Recovery

At the end of the surgery, patients are taken to a recovery unit where the staff could monitor their progress. Hospital stay is required typically for 2 days. Most patients are able to return to normal daily activities in two weeks and are expected to fully recover from surgery in three weeks.

It is highly recommended for patients to refrain from too much activity at home while recovering from Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. Your surgeon will recommend dietary plans for you to follow, so that your recovery can be safe and quick.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery Risks

As with any surgical procedure, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy can carry some risks. This procedure are suited only for morbidly obese patients who are in a constant struggle to lose weight and have had little to no success with traditional weight loss methods.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy can be a lengthy procedure, which increases the risks of complications from anesthesia. Make sure your plastic surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What are the standard risks associated with Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy?
  • What are the changes of leakage or blood clots?
  • Will I have nutritional deficiencies after surgery?

It is important to remember that no plastic surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

People who undergo Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy typically lose two-thirds of their extra weight within two years. This is because the size of the stomach is significantly decreased, which allows a controlled amount of food intake. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy also changes the release of hunger-causing hormones which reduces a person’s appetite, giving patients long-term results.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area , who specialize in Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.