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Bariatric Surgery

Sleeve Gastrectomy Miami

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. Enrique Whittwell offers his patients at his Miami, Florida bariatric and general surgery center.

How Sleeve Gastrectomy Works

Using a laparoscopic, or minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Whittwell removes a large portion of the stomach 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 1 and 5 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.

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.

If you have more questions about the gastric sleeve procedure and how it compares to other weight loss surgery procedures, you should attend one of our free weight loss surgery seminars. For an appointment with Dr. Whittwell, call our Miami, Florida bariatric surgery office at (305) 665-0100 or request an appointment online.

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