The gastric sleeve (also known as sleeve gastrectomy) is a less invasive weight loss surgery because it focuses on just the stomach. It is performed by dividing the stomach, leaving a banana-shaped and sized stomach. The excess portion of the stomach is removed from the body.
Gastric sleeve surgery works by reducing the amount of food needed to feel full, usually about 4 oz. It also profoundly reduces hunger and appetite, especially for fatty foods and carbs. This effect is due to the removal of the excess stomach which reduces ghrelin, a hormone responsible for hunger and appetite.
Compared to the other bariatric surgery options, the Gastric Sleeve does not reroute the bowel like the gastric bypass, or require a medical device like the Lap Band. The gastric sleeve is done laparoscopically, under general anesthesia and takes about an hour to perform. Hospital stay is overnight and most patients return to work within two weeks.
Patients typically lose an average of 60% of their excess body weight a year after surgery. Gastric sleeve has proven to be more effective than the Lap Band (patients lose more weight overall at a faster rate). This procedure is also well-suited for patients who do not want be committed to lifelong Lap Band adjustments which require an office visit.
Dr. Sowemimo performs more than 100 laparoscopic and robotic gastric sleeve operations each year at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, a Bariatric Center of Excellence. He maintains a consistently low patient complication rate.
Bariatric patients at Prime Surgicare also achieve a higher than average rate of weight loss due to our exclusive Lifestyle Improvement Program.
Considered a NJ gastric sleeve expert, Dr. Seun has featured on News 12 NJ′s “To Your Health” and Time Warner's NY1.
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