Sleeve Gastrectomy

Predicted 50-60% Excess Weight Loss

The sleeve gastrectomy is a newer procedure that is currently the most popular weight loss surgery in the United States. Its main advantage is that it is a more streamlined procedure as compared to a gastric bypass and does not require work on the intestines. This leads to fewer long-term complications.

Sleeve gastrectomy is a laparoscopic surgery in which a part of the stomach is removed, leaving a smaller, tube-shaped stomach. A sizing tool is inserted into the stomach to measure the correct width, then a surgical stapler is used to remove the excess stomach and seal the remaining edge. The stretchy, excess part of the stomach is permanently removed from the abdomen. The surgery itself typically takes less than an hour and most patients stay in the hospital for one night.

Following the procedure, the patient’s stomach is about the size of a banana, so people feel full with a smaller portion of food than prior to surgery. Additionally, the part of the stomach that was removed was responsible for making a hunger-inducing hormone called ghrelin. By removing that part of the stomach, people do not get as hungry as they used to despite eating less and losing weight. This is the opposite of what happens with dieting; normally a dietary attempt at weight loss causes an increase in ghrelin.

The Benefits of a Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Studies have shown that, on average, a patient will lose up to 70% of their excess weight and that most of that loss will occur in the first year.

Studies also show that sleeve gastrectomy is very effective at treating and leading to the remission of diabetes, high blood pressure, and other medical conditions associated with morbid obesity.

Our Emerson weight loss team will work closely with you to help you set and achieve your goals, both on and off the scale.

Heather’s Success Story will Inspire You

Heather conquered her weight loss demons. After suffering personal tragedies, Heather’s hard work to lose weight, including a sleeve procedure, helped her overcome obesity and become an avid cyclist and runner – she even completed the Boston Marathon! Several years after her bariatric surgery, Heather is on a life mission to stay healthy.

This mission aligns well with her goal to help find a cure for cancer. Heather recently embarked on the Pan-Mass Challenge reimagined bike ride to raise money for cancer research and honor her first husband and her mother, both of whom she lost to cancer. Heather’s experience with weight is linked to losing those she loved to cancer, because cancer rates are higher for people who suffer from obesity.

Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery

Our goal is to ensure you have all the information you need to make a confident and informed decision when determining if a gastric sleeve procedure is right for you. Sign-up to access our free information session, and request a consultation with an Emerson surgeon to discuss your needs and learn what procedure is right for you.

Qualifying for Surgery

Qualifications for weight-loss surgery is based on national guidelines from the National Institute of Health and American College of Surgeons. To qualify, an individual must possess BMI and *PLUS weight-related comorbidity:

The First Step:
Information Session

The first step to achieving your weight-loss goals is to register for a free information session. Emerson Health’s bariatric surgeons and Center for Weight Loss team members provide an overview of the surgical weight loss program, including a description of the surgical weight loss procedure options available, how they work, and their risks and benefits.

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