The sleeve gastrectomy, also called a gastric sleeve, vertical gastrectomy, or a restrictive vertical gastrectomy, is one of the newer bariatric surgery techniques available. Gastric sleeve is one of the many weight loss surgeries that Dr. A. Enrique Whittwell offers his patients at his Miami, Florida bariatric and general surgery center.
How Sleeve Gastrectomy Works
Gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy) procedure is best for individuals who struggle with being overweight or obese. Studies have shown that the gastric sleeve is superior to the gastric band for long-term weight loss. Gastric sleeve is associated with less pain and scarring, so you can recover quickly.
Using a laparoscopic, or minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Whittwell removes a large portion of the stomach (Approximately 80 percent) and reshapes the remaining part into a long tube shaped like a slender banana. The new stomach tube does not stretch very much and can only hold between one and five ounces of food at a time. This helps you feel full after eating a very small amount of food and stay full for an extended time.
The part of the stomach that is removed normally produces a hormone that is responsible for making you feel hungry. Without it, your appetite usually decreases. The combination of smaller helpings, reduced appetite, and less frequent meals results in weight loss.
With a smaller stomach, you’ll need less food to feel full. Your new, smaller stomach will no longer secrete the hormone that makes you crave food. That means no more out-of-control hunger cravings and raging appetites. That excess fat you’ve been carrying around will begin to melt off your body, revealing a slimmer, healthier you.
Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy
Gastric sleeve surgery is similar to gastric banding, where weight loss occurs because of restricting the amount of food you can eat. Some people prefer sleeve gastrectomy because they do not want the gastric band inside them or they prefer not to have the periodic adjustments necessary with a band.
Weight loss results with gastric sleeve surgery are usually similar to those seen with the gastric band and, in some cases, approach results seen with the gastric bypass procedure.
Are you a Candidate?
To be considered for Gastric Sleeve surgery you must meet one of the following criteria:
- 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight or
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater or
- Have a BMI of 35 or greater with two or more obesity-related complications and failed non-surgical weight loss
Dr. Whittwell is offering the gastric sleeve procedure for an unbeatable, all-inclusive price of $11,000. He also accepts most major insurances, but for those who do not have insurance or whose insurance doesn't cover weight loss surgery, our all-inclusive price cannot be beat. Our package includes everything you need for your weight loss surgery: anesthesiologist, surgeon fees, hospital fees, pathology, nutritional plan, and 12 months of follow up visits with Dr. Whittwell.
He performs gastric sleeve procedures at three of the finest facilities in Miami; South Miami Hospital, Hialeah Hospital, and Larkin Hospital. Special financing is also available through CareCredit. This exclusive offer is available to patients who are serious about getting healthy and slim.
The time to regain your health is now. Shed those pounds and get the beautiful body you have always dreamed about! If you’ve struggled with weight loss and have been considering weight loss surgery, now is the time to act.
If you have more questions about the gastric sleeve procedure and how it compares to other weight loss surgery procedures, attend one of our free weight loss surgery seminars to begin your weight loss journey. For an appointment with Dr. Whittwell, call our Miami, Florida bariatric surgery office at (305) 665-0100 or request an appointment online.