Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy services offered in Phoenix, Glendale, & Tucson, AZ

A sleeve gastrectomy is a type of weight loss surgery that removes a large portion of your stomach, so you eat less and lose weight quickly. The team at AZ Weight Loss Clinic in Phoenix, Glendale, and Tucson, Arizona, performs the sleeve gastrectomy to help those struggling with their weight and health. To schedule a consultation to see if the sleeve gastrectomy can help you, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Q & A

What is a sleeve gastrectomy?

A sleeve gastrectomy, also known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), is a bariatric surgical procedure. During this procedure, your surgeon removes about 80% of your stomach, leaving you with a narrow gastric sleeve about the size and shape of a banana. 

Reducing the size of your stomach limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full quickly. The surgical procedure also affects the production of hunger hormones in the stomach, reducing your appetite.

Am I a candidate for a sleeve gastrectomy?

Schedule a consultation at AZ Weight Loss Clinic to see if you’re a candidate for the sleeve gastrectomy. The team conducts a thorough history and physical to determine what weight loss method makes the best choice for you.

They may consider you a candidate for a bariatric surgical procedure like the sleeve gastrectomy if your attempts to lose weight with diet and exercise fail and you:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
  • Have a BMI of 35 or higher and weight-related health problems
  • Aren’t a candidate for other bariatric surgeries

A sleeve gastrectomy permanently changes the structure of your stomach and how you eat. Before going ahead with surgery, the team may start dietary counseling to make sure you’re ready for significant lifestyle changes. 

What happens during a sleeve gastrectomy?

The AZ Weight Loss Clinic team customizes your sleeve gastrectomy surgical plan and reviews the details with you at your pre-surgical visit. When possible, they use laparoscopic surgery to reduce incision sizes and minimize your recovery time.

During the procedure, your surgeon uses surgical staples to create the gastric sleeve and removes the large, curved section of your stomach. 

What types of results can I expect after a sleeve gastrectomy?

Though results vary, you can lose as much as 60% of your excess body weight within two years of your sleeve gastrectomy. The amount of weight you lose depends on your diet and lifestyle.

The team at AZ Weight Loss Clinic works closely with you as you transition to your regular diet following the procedure, helping you make the lifestyle changes that lead to long-term success.

In addition to weight loss, your sleeve gastrectomy also improves any weight-related health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. 

To learn more about the sleeve gastrectomy, call AZ Weight Loss Clinic or schedule an appointment online at the office nearest you today.

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