What is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG)?
The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy or LSG is a weight loss procedure that surgically reduces the size of the stomach by about 85%. With less stomach capacity, patients will feel full sooner, and therefore, eat less amounts of food.
Also, the stomach will not be able to secrete as many hunger inducing hormones. One of the intestinal hormones that is favorably affected by LSG is Ghrelin. This hormone is produced in the section of the stomach that is removed and is responsible for inducing hunger. After the procedure, Ghrelin levels decrease, and as a result, patients feel less hungry and no longer have the drive to consume too many calories.
Why Consider Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Sleeve Gastrectomy helps protect you from life-threatening weight-related diseases and illnesses. If you have a body mass index greater than 35 – 40, sleeve gastrectomy may help reduce the risk of:
- Certain types of reflux disease
- Heart diseases
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Sleep Apnea
- Diabetes (Type 2)
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Who is a candidate?
The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a great option for patients who are obese (BMI > 30). The procedure can help obese patients with (or help prevent) diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, obstructive sleep apnea, and heart disease or stroke.
Contact your insurance company to find out if you have coverage and/or qualify for the gastric sleeve.
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How long will the results last?
As long as healthy eating habits are maintained, this procedure should last you a lifetime. However, as with any other weight loss procedure, behavior modification and dietary compliance are the key players in determining the long-term success of the procedure. Basically, it comes down to how committed the patient is to losing the extra weight.
When will I start seeing results?
If the correct diet plan is followed after the procedure, you can expect to lose more than 60% of your excess weight.
Are there any risks associated with LSG?
Overall the LSG is a very safe procedure. The only risks involved include being under general anesthesia, bleeding, leakage (< 1%), transfusion (< 0.5%), re-operation (< 0.2%), and vitamin and mineral deficiencies (rare after 12 months).
What are the benefits of LSG?
- Diabetes cured
- Hypertension cured
- Sleep apnea cured
- 12+ other issues cured/improved
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